Oscar Anderson House Museum#8 in Best Things To Do in Anchorage
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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.
The Oscar Anderson House Museum sits on the northern corner of Elderberry Park in downtown Anchorage, boasting great views of the waterfront. You can tour from noon to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through Sundays during the summer. Admission is $10 per adult and $3 per child 12 and younger.
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#1 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.
Many recent visitors hail this trail as the best site in Anchorage, but they also offer a few words of advice, saying you should take your time while exploring the park, as there will be a lot you'll want to stop and see. The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail is free and open to the public throughout the year. You can access the trail at the northeast end of West 2nd Avenue near the railroad depot and at the southwest end at Kincaid chalet, as well as several points in between. For more information, check out the trail's website.
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