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What to Do in Anchorage: Must See Attractions

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If you have never visited the northern city of Anchorage, Alaska, you may be expecting to see a barren wasteland complete with igloos in the middle of endless snow and ice, but this is simply not the truth. Anchorage is frequently referred to as the City of Lights and Flowers partially because of the giant size of the blossoms attained by most flowering species here.

Because the midnight sun keeps things growing around the clock, one of the main attractions in Anchorage is the cultivated vegetation. Also known as the Hanging Basket Capital of the World, Anchorage horticultural displays are a must see for every summer tourist.

There are so many things to do in Anchorage that it's difficult to list them all, and the available activities change with the seasons. For instance, Anchorage excursions during the winter months include going on dogsled tours, participating in the festivities of the annual Fur Rendezvous festival, ice fishing, snowmobiling, and watching the beginning of the Iditarod sled dog race. Winter is also the best time to meet local people because the food and dining spots are not as crowded with tourists as they are during the summer months. It is easy to take a map of Anchorage city streets and find popular places for good meals, entertainment, shopping options, and cultural exhibits. Located downtown right next to Town Square Park, the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts hosts a variety of world-class entertainment year around. The pace of life in the City of Lights and Flowers is slow and leisurely during the winter months.

Anchorage activities during the summer include fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and generally enjoying the spectacular outdoor environment AK offers during this time of year. It will not be at all unusual to see people playing softball at local parks at midnight. One of the top recreation areas within the Anchorage city limits is the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.

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Things to Do in Anchorage with Kids

There's nothing like spending time together as a family. Anchorage has a fabulous selection of family friendly experiences that the entire gang will like:

Free Things to Do in Anchorage

A visit to Anchorage doesn't have to cost a lot. You can leave your wallet at home if you go to:

Alaska Veterans Museum - Old or young, this place will excite your imagination and educate your mind.

Whaling Wall - If you'd like to learn more about the area's thriving arts and culture scene, organize a visit.

Earthquake Park - If you'd like to turn up the fun factor during your vacation, head straight here.

National Archives at Anchorage - Stop by this local landmark and enjoy its design.

Kimball Building - If you're planning to explore the history of the area through its landmarks, mark this one down on your must-see list.

SoNo District - This is a buzzing area where you can soak up the ambiance and experience local life.

Westchester Lagoon Overlook - Just being near the water will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Anchorage Market and Festival - Speak to a local resident and discover why many tourists stop to visit this place.

Holy Family Cathedral - Do some quiet contemplation and learn a thing or two about this site's spiritual significance.

Prince William Sound - Skip rocks along the water, catch a sunset or just savor the views from the shore.

Tony Knowles Coastal Trail - Kick back and let the rugged natural beauty quieten your mind.

Town Square Municipal Park - If you enjoy digging about the garden, this place will appeal to your inner green thumb.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Anchorage

Downtown Anchorage

Travelers to Downtown Anchorage praise its popular shops. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to make a stop by Anchorage Museum and The Rooftop.

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Midtown Anchorage

Midtown Anchorage is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Z.J. Loussac Library - Main Branch and Arctic Benson Park while in the area.

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Spenard

The ample dining options and fantastic lake views are top of the list for many visitors to Spenard. A stop by Arctic Benson Park or Pop Carr Park might round out your trip.

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Turnagain

If you're spending some time in Turnagain, Earthquake Park and Lake Hood Harbor are top sights worth seeing.

Rogers Park

Visitors to Rogers Park enjoy its restaurants, and if you want to do some exploring, Chester Creek Greenbelt Park is worth a stop.

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University Area

If you're spending some time in University Area, Alaska Airlines Center and Goose Lake Park are top sights worth seeing.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Anchorage on a sunny day?

What is Anchorage famous for?

Alyeska Ski Resort is usually mentioned in the same breath as Anchorage, so be sure to give yourself enough time to visit.

What should I not miss in Anchorage?

Pack your thirst for adventure and head directly toward these top attractions:

  • Sullivan Arena
  • Iditarod Trail Headquarters
  • Kincaid Park

What can you do in Anchorage for free?

You could even leave your wallet in the hotel safe for the day, because these terrific attractions won't cost you a penny:

  • Iditarod Trail Headquarters
  • Kincaid Park
  • University of Alaska - Anchorage
  • Port of Anchorage