A mysterious timelessness fills this cultural center where Alaska's rich heritage engages visitors with games, demonstrations, crafts, and other hands-on activities. Meanwhile, Alaska Natives share their personal experiences, rounding out one of Anchorage's most fulfilling museums.
Don't want to come face-to-face with polar bears in the wild? The Alaska Zoo totally understands. Visitors can view a number of native species ranging from moose to arctic foxes, and even some rare endangered species such as snow leopards and Tibetan yaks.
During the summer months, this market is the best way to mingle with the locals and shop for rare, Anchorage-only products such as caribou stew and birch syrup. Part farmers' market and part craft fair, the gathering attracts some 10,000 visitors every Saturday from May to September.
Visitors and locals take full advantage of this all-year trail, which runs 11 miles along the Anchorage coastline. Renting a bike is the best way to experience the trail, but don't go too fast- you might just run into moose that commonly linger along the path.
Avid bird watchers can admire 120 species at Anchorage's most-visited wildlife haven. Check out Potter Marsh, a lovely stretch of land teeming with aquatic birds and a healthy population of moose. Take a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk and don't forget those binoculars!
The largest museum in Alaska, the Anchorage Museum is a community-based institution with exhibits and programs on the art, history and cultures of Alaska. Over 20 exhibitions are presented each year to more than 200,000 visitors. The museum also presents a full calendar of public programs and art classes.
The Anchorage Golf Course overlooks the Anchorage-Bowl area with breathtaking views of Cook Inlet and Mount McKinley. Tee times are as late at 10:00pm Visitors have a chance to see some of Alaska's wildlife, including moose, fox, waterfowl and the occasional Bear. The layout of the Anchorage Golf Course is as challenging as it is beautiful, featuring 6600 yards of rolling, tree-lined fairways lead to well guarded, undulating greens.
Chugach State Park encompasses roughly 500,000 acres, making it one of the nation's four largest state parks. Bounded on the north and west by the Alaska Range and by Prince William Sound, the Chugach Mountains and the Wrangell Mountains to the east, this pristine natural setting offers some of Alaska's most accessible hiking, skiing, camping, wildlife viewing, rafting and climbing.
The mission of the Alaska Botanical Garden is to enhance the beauty and value of plant material through education, preservation, recreation, and research.
The Sullivan Arena is designed to be a multi-use facility, complete with an Olympic-size ice rink, with an insulated floor covering for basketball, concerts, and trade shows.
Be a part of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, a world-renowned event, on this 7-day tour in Alaska's Anchorage area. With your guide, visit the Iditarod Headquarters, meet four-time champion Martin Buser, dine with racers from all around the world at the Mushers' Banquet, and cheer them on during the race! You'll also see Alaskan wildlife up close at the Alaska Zoo and have free time to enjoy outdoor adventures like dog sledding, flightseeing, skiing and snowshoeing (own expense). Six nights of accommodation, daily breakfasts and transportation are included.
Among the phrases used by guests to describe Orso are 'warm', 'inviting','Alaskan' and 'innovative'. Unbelievable wine list, great cocktails; Alaskan seafood, fresh local pasta, and local produce when in season. They prepare their foods with the simple, rustic techniques of the great culinary regions of the Mediterranean.
Glacier Brewhouse is not your typical brew pub. With rotisserie grilled meats, the freshest Alaskan seafood, wood fired pizza and award winning hand crafted ales, the Brewhouse is Anchorage's landmark downtown restaurant - it's known as a place "where Alaskans meet Alaskans". The scent of the alder wood grill and wood fired oven, the energy of the sparking cooking line, and the glow of the brewery delight your senses.
Sullivan's is reminiscent of a 1940's Chicago style steakhouse. The interior has touches of art deco with dark polished wood, crisp black linen and fresh flowers. Sullivan's serve the finest hand selected premium choice aged beef, as well as an extensive collection of single malt scotches, cognacs and cigars. The bar is a destination of its own, featuring live entertainment nightly.
The Crow's Nest restaurant offers panoramic views atop the Hotel Captain Cook to go along with innovative cuisine, extensive wine offerings and specialty cocktails.
For over 20 years Jens' has served the best fresh Alaskan Seafood. They also feature prime steaks, lamb, veal, deer and fresh pasta, along with a wide selection of delicious appetizers and salads. Their menu changes often to take full advantage of the best fresh ingredients. The cozy wine bar offers the full menu and over 40 wines by the glass. For lunch Danish specialties join the fresh seafood, American standards, pastas and salads. A selection of homemade desserts round out the dining experience.
At Kincaid Grill, you will find the finest in Alaskan regional cuisine. Combining simple flavors and concentrating on the ingredients at hand, Kincaid Grill strives for the ultimate dining experience.
In Kinley's first few years they have been voted Anchorage's best new restaurant, best restaurant for wine, and best restaurant for service. They serve Alaskan seafood freshly caught by local fisherman. For beverages, they offer 30 wines by the glass, 300 wines by the bottle, and locally brewed beers on tap, as well as a wide selection of Belgian ales.
Located in the new Anchorage Museum, Muse offers contemporary cuisine featuring Alaskan seafood and local produce. During the summer months patio dining overlooking an "urban" birch forest is available. The bar features creative cocktails, a selection of microbrews and fine wines. The atmosphere is very modern and they have with space for large groups.
Located in one of the oldest homes in Anchorage, The Marx Bros. Cafe specializes in innovative contemporary cuisine featuring fresh Alaskan seafood, and only the finest quality meats. Their cuisine is expertly paired with an extensive selection of wines housed in one of Alaska's largest cellars.
Consistently adventurous food built with top-notch ingredients makes Sacks a welcome oasis. Locals love lunch, brunch and dinner at Sacks, where the creative chefs are always cooking up tasty fare for guests' enjoyment.
The meals here are produced and served by the students of the Culinary Arts and Hospitality program at the University of Alaska Anchorage. The bakery, kitchen and dining room are instructional laboratories. Lucy's curriculum and facilities blend to support students in achieving their goal - excellence in fine dining.
This great neighborhood secret on the south end of town offers a variety of fresh fun food from our open display kitchen. They have a hardwood oven for great appetizers and flatbreads, fresh Alaskan seafood and produce arrives daily and Chef Travis creates great innovative daily specials. Save room for the fantastic home-made desserts!
Executive Chef James Shepherd combines wild-Alaskan seafood with traditional American cuisine to create dishes that make memories. Whether you visit them for a business lunch, a dinner full of friends and family, or for date night , you'll appreciate the fresh wild Alaskan seafood, the uncompromising quality of service, and the panoramic views of Mount Susitna and the Alaska range.