Things To Do In Anchorage Alaska

Anchorage Alaska is once in a lifetime trip.

Anchorage has so much to offers travelers. There is a wide range of activities to take part in, Wonderful food/drink to enjoy, and nice and comfortable places to stay. Be sure to view our complete list of Alaska Travel information here. 

Here are 5 things to do in Anchorage Alaska:

Alaska Railroad

  1. Alaska Railroad: 411 W 1st Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501-1635, Ph:1 800-544-0552, Website: https://www.alaskarailroad.com

The Alaska Railroad’s main line stretches 470 miles from Seward to Fairbanks. The Alaska Railroad operates year round. The summer is the busiest time of year to ride the train from mid-May to mid-September, from mid-September to mid-May is the slowest time of year to ride the train.  All ages can ride the train, and the price range varies. Here is a link to the trains fare prices https://www.alaskarailroad.com/ride-a-train/fares.  

  1. Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center:  625 C St, Anchorage, AK 99501-3544, Ph: 1 907-929-9201, Website: https://www.anchoragemuseum.org

The Anchorage Museum has a combination of art, history and science and has something for all ages. Price: Free to members and Free for age 2 and under, $15 Adult, $12 Alaska resident, $10 Senior, Student, Military with ID, $7 Children ages 3-12

Summer hours that the museum is open is from May 1st- Sept.30th 9am-6pm M-F

Winter hours that the museum is open is from Oct.1st- April 30th 10am-6pm Tues.-Sat. Noon-6pm Sun. and Closed on Mon.

  1. Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center:  Mile 79 Seward Highway, Girdwood, Anchorage, AK 99587, Ph: 1 907-783-2025, Website: https://www.alaskawildlife.org

The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is a nonprofit organization that provides education to the public on preserving Alaska’s wildlife.  They take in orphaned or injured wildlife to care for them and hopefully release them back into the wild. The center is open 7 days a week 8am-8pm.  If you go to the conservation center there are many programs/tours they offer. A tour behind the scenes is for ages 10 and up and the price is $100.00 per person and offered May 1st- Sept.15th.  There are many programs offered and they are free to all visitors. The hours range depending on weather and feeding times. Check the website for exact times.

  1.  Alaska Native Heritage Center: 8800 Heritage Center Dr, Anchorage, AK 99504-6100, Ph: 1 907-330-8000, Website: http://www.alaskanative.net

At the Alaska Native Heritage Center visitors of all ages learn about the Native culture and traditions of the indigenous people of Alaska. The center provides many educational programs and guided tours.  The summer hours they are open are May 14th- mid Sept. 9am-5pm every day. The price for a tour starts at $159.00

  1.    Tony Knowles Coastal Trail:  To access the trail go all the way to the northeast end of West 2nd Ave. near the railroad depot, at the extreme southwest end at Kincaid Chalet. Website:  http://anchoragecoastaltrail.com/index.php

Tony Knowles Coastal Trail winds along the coast for 11 miles it starts downtown to the chalet at Kincaid Park and is the most popular trail in Anchorage. Its free and is open year round for hiking, biking, skiing, running, and  rollerblading.

Bonus Thing To Do In Alaska:

One of the best things to do in Alaska is to go for a cruise along Alaska's Inside Passage. Custom Alaska Cruises offers a one of a kind Alaska small ship cruise experience. View the link to read more about cruising in Alaska. Cruising in Alaska is one of the best ways to see Alaska up close and have experience adventure at it's fullest!

Top 5 Restaurants In Anchorage, Alaska

Glacier Brewhouse Anchorage Alaska

  1. Glacier Brewhouse: 737 W 5th Ave, Ste. 110, Anchorage, AK 99501-2129,
    • Ph: 1 907-274-2739, Website:
    • Restaurant Notes: Glacier Brewhouse serves seafood, american, soups, and vegetarian
  2. Moose's Tooth Pub and Pizzeria: 3300 Old Seward Hwy, Anchorage, AK 99503-4129
    • Ph.  1 907-258-2537, Website: http://moosestooth.net
    • Moose’s Tooth Pub and Pizzeria serves pizza, oven-baked sandwiches, and salads
  3.  Humpy's Great Alaskan Alehouse:  610 W 6th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501-2225
  4. Snow City Cafe: 1034 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501-1919
  5. Simon & Seafort's Saloon & Grill:  420 L St, Ste 200, Anchorage, AK 99501-5901
    • Ph:  1 907-274-3502, Website: http://www.simonandseaforts.com
    • Simon & Seafort’s Saloon & Grill serves steak, seafood, soups, sandwiches, and brunch on the weekends.

Top 5 lodging In Anchorage, Alaska

Hotel Alyeska Anchorage Alaska

  1. Hotel Alyeska: 1000 Arlberg Road, PO Box 249, Girdwood, Anchorage, AK 99587
  2. The Hotel Captain Cook: 939 W 5th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501-2049
  3. Hilton Anchorage: 500 West Third Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501-2210
  4. Embassy Suites by Hilton Anchorage:  600 E Benson Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99503-4123,
  5. Sheraton Anchorage Hotel:  401 E 6th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501-2696

Best Things To Do In Alaska

To read more on the best things to do in Alaska here. We go into detail on some of the best cities along the Inside Passage to travel.

If you are interested in traveling to Alaska, one of the best things to do is to go on an Alaskan Cruise. This way you can experience the incredible adventure that Alaska brings. From whale watching, bears, fishing, glacier calving and more. Read more about our inside passage Alaska cruise here.

Best Time To Travel To Alaska

The best time to travel to Alaska depends on what you are wanting to do. The best time to cruise to Alaska is between May and August.

The lowest rainfall in Alaska is during the months of May and June. If you are wanting to visit Alaska to see whales, it's best to go on a cruise during June and July after the whales have made their migration.

However if you want to see bears in Alaska, the best time to travel to Alaska is during the month of May.

History Of Anchorage Alaska

From its beginnings as a railroad camp to its rise to the single largest city in the state, Anchorage has always been a gateway to the last frontier. 

Anchorage is a modern city in an ancient land. Surrounded on one side by the Cook Inlet and the others by the Chugach Mountains, Anchorage is a concrete island. On a clear day, Mount McKinley (the continent's tallest peak) is visible.

Anchorage affords many luxuries of large cities; there are many restaurants, hotels, theatres, shops, and museums. It also offers, however, chances at recreational adventure activities rarely found in metropolitan areas. All types of trips, from rafting to fishing are available for your enjoyment.

Anchorage's climate surprises many first time visitors. It isn't as harsh as many think. Spring arrives in late April or May in Anchorage. Summers are pleasantly warm, reaching the upper 70's and lower 80's. August and September are rainy seasons, followed by lots of snow in October. The longest day of the year in Anchorage is almost twenty hours long, while the shortest is just under six.

Anchorage is a great destination in Southern Alaska. It serves as a staging point for many trips and excursions. It's diverse make-up make it a very commonplace for Alaskan tourists.

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