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Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

Visit parks with picturesque fields and hilly terrain overlooking the icy coast and get a sense of the size of our solar system.

Tony Knowles Coastal Trail is a scenic route along the western flank of Anchorage. The trail stretches across 11 miles (18 kilometers) of woodland and rocky bluffs. Spot whales in search of salmon among moving ice blocks in the Cook Inlet.

Rent a bike from the downtown area and cycle along the concrete path with a backdrop of snow-capped mountains. In winter, pairs of skis replace the bicycles and roller skates.

The path features part of the Anchorage Light Speed Planet Walk, a scale model of our solar system. Note the sizes and distances between the planets. It is arranged so you walk to each model planet in the same time it takes for sunlight to reach the real planet. Arrive at Earth from the sun in 8 minutes and finally pass Pluto after 5 or 6 hours.

Explore Earthquake Park to learn about the devastating tremor in 1964 that led to an entire neighborhood slipping into the ocean.

Reach Point Woronzof Park toward the end of the trail. Go skiing or snowmobiling in winter. Enjoy a picnic and gaze up at nesting swallows and bald eagles in summer. Walk through the forests of birch and other trees on the hills. See the bizarre mating rituals of ravens, as they perform acrobatics in the air. Watch jets taking off and landing at the adjacent airport.

Fly a kite in the final destination of Kincaid Park, a vast area of 1,400 acres (570 hectares). Take in the fantastic view of North America’s highest peak, Denali. It reaches an altitude of 20,320 feet (6,200 meters). See other rock giants, such as Mount Foraker, to the north.

The trail is one of the main parts of the annual Tour of Anchorage cross-country ski marathon. It is free to use the path, which remains open at all times.

The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail starts in the city center of Anchorage and runs west along the coast to Kincaid Park. Land in Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, which is next to the trail. Buses run from the downtown area to several parts of the path.


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1020 West 12th Avenue, Anchorage, AK
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Anchorage, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Delaney Park, Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center, and Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. William A. Egan Civic and Convention Center and Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall are also within 1 mi (2 km). Anchorage Alaska Railroad Depot is 22 minutes by foot.

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    Hotel Captain Cook

    939 West 5th Avenue, Anchorage, AK
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Anchorage, this historic hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Bootlegger Cove and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Port of Anchorage. Imaginarium - Science Discovery Center and Holy Family Cathedral are also within 5 minutes. Anchorage Alaska Railroad Depot is 11 minutes by foot.

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      1110 W 8th Avenue, Anchorage, AK
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Anchorage, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Bootlegger Cove and 1.8 mi (3 km) from Port of Anchorage. Delaney Park and Oscar Anderson House Museum are also within 10 minutes. Anchorage Alaska Railroad Depot is 19 minutes by foot.

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        The Voyager Inn

        501 K Street, Anchorage, AK
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Anchorage, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Bootlegger Cove and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Port of Anchorage. Imaginarium - Science Discovery Center and Holy Family Cathedral are also within 5 minutes. Anchorage Alaska Railroad Depot is 12 minutes by foot.

          Hyatt Place Anchorage Midtown $110
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          Hyatt Place Anchorage Midtown

          101 EAST TUDOR RD, Anchorage, AK
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Midtown Anchorage, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Z.J. Loussac Library - Main Branch and within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Alaska - Anchorage and Alaska Airlines Center. Campbell Creek Greenbelt Park and Wells Fargo Alaska Heritage Library and Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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            Hilton Anchorage

            500 W 3rd Ave, Anchorage, AK
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Anchorage, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Anchorage Market and Festival and Port of Anchorage. Alaska Statehood Monument and Bear and Raven Adventure Theater are also within 5 minutes. Anchorage Alaska Railroad Depot is only a 5-minute walk.

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              Copper Whale Inn

              440 L St, Anchorage, AK
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Anchorage, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Bootlegger Cove and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Port of Anchorage. Resolution Park and Oscar Anderson House Museum are also within 5 minutes. Anchorage Alaska Railroad Depot is 12 minutes by foot.

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                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Anchorage, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Bootlegger Cove and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Port of Anchorage. Oscar Anderson House Museum and Tony Knowles Coastal Trail are also within 5 minutes. Anchorage Alaska Railroad Depot is 15 minutes by foot.