Things to do in Anchorage

THE 15 BEST Things to Do in Anchorage

Things to Do in Anchorage

The nature here is incredible in any season—from the Northern Lights in winter to the glaciers in the summer. A year-round fave is the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre.

Book these experiences for a close-up look at Anchorage.


Top Attractions in Anchorage

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From quick jaunts to full-day outings.



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What travellers are saying

  • Darlene K
    Clarksville, TN60 contributions
    It was a nice sunny day when we went and the animals seem to be enjoying as much as us humans( it had rained for several days
    prior)! We got to enjoy the bears being fed and also saw a bear just chilling in a tree. We also saw musk ox, porcupines and an eagle. I would recommend this to anyone visiting Alaska.
    Written October 10, 2023
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  • RCarabetta
    New Rochelle, NY18 contributions
    We concluded our 12 day trip to Alaska with a visit to the Anchorage Museum, which is well worth the visit. However, I would advise anyone considering the trip to visit the museum first. It's a great primer into the land, the history, and the people. There are so many highlights to Alaska its impossible to capture the scale and scope. Buy a guidebook, get advice, and plan accordingly. If you're even remotely attracted to the outdoors and wildlife you can't go wrong. The scenery is spectacular and the wildlife is abundant. But be advised; be prepared to be flexible for weather conditions and travel changes. Plan for "what if" options because there's always something else to do, and plans don't always go as expected.
    Written September 10, 2023
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  • west80
    west8076 contributions
    This trail is stunningly gorgeous. The hill into Kincaid park are steep for a rental bike so I had to walk some parts. I got to see a moose and baby right off trail.
    Written September 4, 2023
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  • Carol G
    5 contributions
    FREE! The outside villages provide an excellent overview of how the various native Alaskan tribes lived. I enjoyed seeing the items inside each of the residences. There are several totem poles, sleds, and a very nice gift shop.
    Written January 29, 2024
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  • EntheendTravels
    Beaverton, OR193 contributions
    I was visiting Alaska - Anchorage specifically for the first time, while I was at a conference for work. We had some free time, and I looked up some things to do. The tram came up as a recommended activity, and boy did it not disappoint!

    The tram is located at the Alyeska resort, which is about a 50 minute drive from Anchorage.

    We bought the $60 package, that gave you a ride on the tram, and $25 to spend on food up at the top of the mountain.

    The tram takes you only 2,000 feet up (which is crazy, because it seems like it would be a lot higher!). There are walking trails that you can get there as well.

    On the way up, you can start to see some breathtaking views of Alaska.

    We were there in September, so it wasn't snowy, but surrounding us were mountain peaks that were topped with snow.

    We also ate in the café, and the food was great!

    Totally recommend as a day trip from Anchorage if you have the time!
    Written October 6, 2023
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  • Artem K
    Yelizovo, Russia12 contributions
    We were fortunate enough to visit it on a cloudy day. I believe that was the perfect condition for capturing the glacier's bluish color. We booked this tour in Anchorage, which included the Alaska wildlife conservation center, Girdwood, and Alyeska resort. All of these places are worth visiting, but the glacier is truly a gem. The entire day's experience was unforgettable. As our boat approached the glacier, a massive chunk of ice calved into the water with a resounding splash. It served as a somber reminder of the glacier's ongoing recession. Unfortunately, due to climate change, the glacier is rapidly diminishing. Around a hundred years ago, the glacier occupied the entire valley. Just 30 years ago, it could be seen from the visitor center. Today, we must take a boat ride across the lake to reach it
    Written July 10, 2023
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  • Rebecca O
    Ridgewood, NY1,735 contributions
    You can find gifts inside. They had a good variety despite being small. Also a few seating spots. They should add more seats. There are bathrooms. First stop for our cruise.
    Written February 22, 2024
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  • Cindy Metz
    Scottsdale, United States154 contributions
    This was a short and step hike. Unfortunately we did not get to see views from the top as clouds came in about half way up. The locals race up and sometimes straight up but don’t feel shame in taking the switchbacks. This is a lung burner. It took us about 60 min to the top. Great views when not obstructed by clouds as we did see some of Cook Inlet on the way down. Beautiful flowers!
    Written August 8, 2023
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  • Brandon
    Pittsburgh, PA463 contributions
    We got to watch the 2023 ceremonial start in downtown Anchorage. It's a great way to be able to experience the grandeur of the event. The true race starts the next day at another point but I would try to go to both if you can!
    Written March 25, 2023
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  • Laurie K
    12 contributions
    Fished for halibut in the Cook Inlet. Awesome experience and the view in the inlet is spectacular! We had a clear day and could view 4 active volcanos! Able to view many otter as well that were feeding in kelp beds.
    Written August 6, 2023
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  • Rebecca O
    Ridgewood, NY1,735 contributions
    Truly a gem of a place! Definitely stop by. They have gifts and a giant jade. Also cool signs outside. You can get free postcards and they mail them for free for you. Also outside we bought a rain deer dog which my husband loved!
    Written February 21, 2024
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  • Mary K
    Lima, OH178 contributions
    We hiked the trail with three small children and strollers. It was a bit foggy when we started, but the sun shining through made for beautiful pictures. The children loved the glacier. About a two mile hike round trip, not a difficult hike.
    Written September 23, 2023
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