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Best Things To Do in Anchorage

Proximity to the great outdoors is the most obvious reason to visit Anchorage. The city is just a short drive from major hiking spots, ski areas and national parks, so stretch your legs along the popular Tony Knowles Coastal Trail or cast your line for dinner at salmon-swamped Ship Creek. Don't be too quick to head out of town, though; Anchorage hosts numerous fascinating and family-friendly attractions. If you're an avid museum-goer, make some time for the Alaska Aviation Museum or, if you've got little ones in tow, the Alaska Native Heritage Center is home to interactive exhibits that spotlight Alaska's history and culture.

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#1

#1 in Anchorage

Free
For a family-friendly outdoor excursion, grab your camera and hit the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, named for the for former Alaska governor Tony Knowles. Winding its way from the downtown area past the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum to Kincaid Park, this 11-mile paved path is perfect for biking, rollerblading, cross-country skiing and strolling. If you're visiting during the summer, keep your eyes peeled over Cook Inlet for beluga whales, while winter trailblazers should look out for moose in Kincaid Park.
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Parks and Gardens Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
For a family-friendly outdoor excursion, grab your camera and hit the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, named for the for former Alaska governor Tony Knowles. Winding its way from the downtown area past the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum to Kincaid Park, this 11-mile paved path is perfect for biking, rollerblading, cross-country skiing and strolling. If you're visiting during the summer, keep your eyes peeled over Cook Inlet for beluga whales, while winter trailblazers should look out for moose in Kincaid Park.
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#2

#2 in Anchorage

For a thorough introduction to everything Alaska, head to the Anchorage Museum. The state's largest museum houses exhibitions that detail everything from local wildlife to native cultures to Alaskan history and art. You'll also come across touring exhibits that highlight important aspects of the state's past and present. Even if you aren't new to the Last Frontier, recent visitors said that this museum is well worth the trip, and mention the interactive kids section and the informative exhibits as true highlights.
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Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Anchorage Museum
For a thorough introduction to everything Alaska, head to the Anchorage Museum. The state's largest museum houses exhibitions that detail everything from local wildlife to native cultures to Alaskan history and art. You'll also come across touring exhibits that highlight important aspects of the state's past and present. Even if you aren't new to the Last Frontier, recent visitors said that this museum is well worth the trip, and mention the interactive kids section and the informative exhibits as true highlights.
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#3

#3 in Anchorage

A staple in the Anchorage arts scene since 1998, the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts (or, Center of the PAC, as it is locally known) is the place to go in Anchorage when you want to catch a play, show, musical or concert. Conveniently located downtown and with three theaters that vary in size, the center draws everyone from local favorites to Broadway shows like "Peter Pan" and Grammy Award winners like Béla Fleck and David Sanborn.
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Entertainment and Nightlife Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
A staple in the Anchorage arts scene since 1998, the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts (or, Center of the PAC, as it is locally known) is the place to go in Anchorage when you want to catch a play, show, musical or concert. Conveniently located downtown and with three theaters that vary in size, the center draws everyone from local favorites to Broadway shows like "Peter Pan" and Grammy Award winners like Béla Fleck and David Sanborn.
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#4 in Anchorage

What makes Alaska truly unique are the cultures that thrive there. For example, you can learn all about the Last Frontier's indigenous people at the Alaska Native Heritage Center, which is devoted to preserving customs that have been around much longer than the cities that now call Alaska home. There are three main parts: A gallery that displays native artifacts, a performance hall where members of native communities tell stories, dance and show off their athletic abilities and a grouping of seven traditional dwellings that represent the lifestyles of some of the tribes.
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Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Alaska Native Heritage Center
What makes Alaska truly unique are the cultures that thrive there. For example, you can learn all about the Last Frontier's indigenous people at the Alaska Native Heritage Center, which is devoted to preserving customs that have been around much longer than the cities that now call Alaska home. There are three main parts: A gallery that displays native artifacts, a performance hall where members of native communities tell stories, dance and show off their athletic abilities and a grouping of seven traditional dwellings that represent the lifestyles of some of the tribes.
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#5

#5 in Anchorage

Free
A local favorite since it first opened in 1992, the Anchorage Market and Festival started out as a Saturday-only market with just two dozen vendors, but it quickly grew to host more than 300 vendors and now also operates on Sundays. Situated on 7 acres in downtown Anchorage, the market is the place to shop for clothes, food, crafts and more while enjoying live entertainment and snacking on locally grown eats. There's also a kids market suitable for ages 8 to 16 that sells goods crafted by other youngsters.
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Festivals Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Anchorage Market & Festival
A local favorite since it first opened in 1992, the Anchorage Market and Festival started out as a Saturday-only market with just two dozen vendors, but it quickly grew to host more than 300 vendors and now also operates on Sundays. Situated on 7 acres in downtown Anchorage, the market is the place to shop for clothes, food, crafts and more while enjoying live entertainment and snacking on locally grown eats. There's also a kids market suitable for ages 8 to 16 that sells goods crafted by other youngsters.
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#6

#6 in Anchorage

Free
At the southern end of the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge is Potter Marsh, a wooden boardwalk that winds through a half-mile of marshlands. This is a popular destination for birders, as Canada geese, northern pintails, canvasback ducks, red-necked phalaropes, horned and red-necked grebes and northern harriers come to this wetland from April to September. Summertime visitors can also glimpse gulls, Arctic terns, shorebirds and trumpeter swans. Keep an eye out for eagles and their nests, usually located in the cottonwoods near the base of the bluff.
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Parks and Gardens Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Potter Marsh
At the southern end of the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge is Potter Marsh, a wooden boardwalk that winds through a half-mile of marshlands. This is a popular destination for birders, as Canada geese, northern pintails, canvasback ducks, red-necked phalaropes, horned and red-necked grebes and northern harriers come to this wetland from April to September. Summertime visitors can also glimpse gulls, Arctic terns, shorebirds and trumpeter swans. Keep an eye out for eagles and their nests, usually located in the cottonwoods near the base of the bluff.
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#7

#7 in Anchorage

Free
Kincaid Park is the ideal place for when you need an escape from city life without having to actually leave Anchorage. Overlooking Cook Inlet from the city's southwest corner, this 1,400-acre park is home to dozens of hiking, biking and cross-country ski trails, gardens and even some of Alaska's favorite furry friends like moose, fox and porcupines. With so much to offer, this park is a perfect urban escape for both a wilderness adventure and a leisurely day outdoors. Recent visitors said the trails are kept in top shape, making it easy to spend the day wandering as you please.
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Parks and Gardens Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Kincaid Park
Kincaid Park is the ideal place for when you need an escape from city life without having to actually leave Anchorage. Overlooking Cook Inlet from the city's southwest corner, this 1,400-acre park is home to dozens of hiking, biking and cross-country ski trails, gardens and even some of Alaska's favorite furry friends like moose, fox and porcupines. With so much to offer, this park is a perfect urban escape for both a wilderness adventure and a leisurely day outdoors. Recent visitors said the trails are kept in top shape, making it easy to spend the day wandering as you please.
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#8

#8 in Anchorage

When it was first founded, the city of Anchorage was just a jumble of tents. That is, until Oscar Anderson came along. The city butcher built the first permanent home in 1915, and although it's not in its original location, this house offers an interesting glimpse of life in young Anchorage. Guided tours offer insight into how Anderson (a Swedish immigrant) and his family lived, while original artifacts give this historic building a genuine lived-in feel. Recent visitors praised the guided tours, which they said make them feel like they've stepped back in time. 
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Historic Homes/Mansions Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
Oscar Anderson House Museum
When it was first founded, the city of Anchorage was just a jumble of tents. That is, until Oscar Anderson came along. The city butcher built the first permanent home in 1915, and although it's not in its original location, this house offers an interesting glimpse of life in young Anchorage. Guided tours offer insight into how Anderson (a Swedish immigrant) and his family lived, while original artifacts give this historic building a genuine lived-in feel. Recent visitors praised the guided tours, which they said make them feel like they've stepped back in time. 
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#9 in Anchorage

Located about 13 miles south of downtown, this sprawling state park is one of the largest in the country, clocking in at nearly half a million acres of hiking trails, ski areas, rock-climbing spots and wildlife habitat. Chugach is the perfect place to experience untouched Alaska without a long drive. And according to recent visitors, the breathtaking scenery is worth the 20-minute drive, especially because the park offers numerous trails of varying lengths, including some that are ideal for day hikes. Other visitors recommend booking a guided tour to get the history of the park, too. 
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Hiking Type
More than Full Day Time to Spend
Chugach State Park
Located about 13 miles south of downtown, this sprawling state park is one of the largest in the country, clocking in at nearly half a million acres of hiking trails, ski areas, rock-climbing spots and wildlife habitat. Chugach is the perfect place to experience untouched Alaska without a long drive. And according to recent visitors, the breathtaking scenery is worth the 20-minute drive, especially because the park offers numerous trails of varying lengths, including some that are ideal for day hikes. Other visitors recommend booking a guided tour to get the history of the park, too. 
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#10 in Anchorage

Aviation has played a major role in Alaska's development  before there was a significant network of paved roads or railways, there were landing strips  and at the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum you can learn how airplanes helped the Last Frontier take flight. Exhibits focus on the careers of bush pilots, who mastered flying over the state's rough terrain, plus the history of Alaskan aviation. While touring, check out the historic aircraft housed in the storage hanger. Recent visitors recommend taking your time to explore and see all of the planes, and not to miss the last hanger, where you can watch volunteers rebuilding vintage bush planes.
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Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Alaska Aviation Museum
Aviation has played a major role in Alaska's development  before there was a significant network of paved roads or railways, there were landing strips  and at the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum you can learn how airplanes helped the Last Frontier take flight. Exhibits focus on the careers of bush pilots, who mastered flying over the state's rough terrain, plus the history of Alaskan aviation. While touring, check out the historic aircraft housed in the storage hanger. Recent visitors recommend taking your time to explore and see all of the planes, and not to miss the last hanger, where you can watch volunteers rebuilding vintage bush planes.
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#11

#11 in Anchorage

Spanning about 110 acres, the Alaska Botanical Garden features 150 native plant species and more than 1,100 perennials. There is an herb garden, a wildflower trail, two perennial gardens and the new Anchorage Heritage Garden, which was completed in the summer of 2015 and is filled with native plants that were grown from local seeds.
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Parks and Gardens Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Alaska Botanical Garden
Spanning about 110 acres, the Alaska Botanical Garden features 150 native plant species and more than 1,100 perennials. There is an herb garden, a wildflower trail, two perennial gardens and the new Anchorage Heritage Garden, which was completed in the summer of 2015 and is filled with native plants that were grown from local seeds.
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#12

#12 in Anchorage

In a city that was born from the need for transportation, it should come as no surprise that Anchorage's train depot marks the gateway to the Last Frontier. And when it comes time to get out of town, the Alaska Railroad has just the ticket. While you pass mountains, the sea, forests and glaciers, the Alaska Railroad provides a guided tour to quench your interests. The most popular tours cover major landmarks like the Prince William Sound, the Arctic tundra and the Denali and Spencer glaciers.
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Recreation Type
More than Full Day Time to Spend
Alaska Railroad
In a city that was born from the need for transportation, it should come as no surprise that Anchorage's train depot marks the gateway to the Last Frontier. And when it comes time to get out of town, the Alaska Railroad has just the ticket. While you pass mountains, the sea, forests and glaciers, the Alaska Railroad provides a guided tour to quench your interests. The most popular tours cover major landmarks like the Prince William Sound, the Arctic tundra and the Denali and Spencer glaciers.
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#13

#13 in Anchorage

If the thought of running into some of Alaska's four-legged friends in their natural habitat makes you nervous, visit them (safely) at the Alaska Zoo. This little zoo rescues numerous critters  including moose, caribou, polar bears, seals and wolves, among others  that can no longer survive in the wild. Anchorage's residents hold this quaint zoo close to their hearts  they have even named all the animals housed there.
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Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Alaska Zoo
If the thought of running into some of Alaska's four-legged friends in their natural habitat makes you nervous, visit them (safely) at the Alaska Zoo. This little zoo rescues numerous critters  including moose, caribou, polar bears, seals and wolves, among others  that can no longer survive in the wild. Anchorage's residents hold this quaint zoo close to their hearts  they have even named all the animals housed there.
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