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“Great to meditate about the defenders of our nation.”

Alaska Veterans Memorial
Ranked #77 of 236 things to do in Anchorage
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Reviewed July 31, 2016

I had been lucky enough to lived in Alaska and I remember very well visiting this place when it was recently constructed in the early. At the time it was just spot on the site of the road with just the monument with a crank water pump for amenities. Time had change and in 30 plus year since it was constructed the place still peaceful but is now much busier stop than it was back them. The Alaska Veteran's Memorial is located within Denali State Park at mile 147.1 between Anchorage and Fairbanks.

The memorial itself consists of five 20-foot tall concrete panels, one each to represent the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard, arranged in a semi-circle. A statue of two Alaska Territorial Guards, On each panel is a short history of that branch's contribution to Alaska. There is other smaller exhibit in the area. Now you can find restroom and water and the state cut all the bushes so you MAY get a view of Denali. There is no camping in the actual memorial but you can camp at a nearby park. Like pretty much anywhere else in Alaska you must bring your own goodies as there is no businesses in the vicinity.

There is visitor center at the Memorial that is USUALLY open daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day, but you can visit anytime of the year as long as the snow is clear.

There is no fee associated with this park.

1  Thank Eddie R
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Reviewed June 30, 2016 via mobile

This was a great short stop for us. Learned a lot about Alaska and Alaskans, during many of the wars.

Thank Randy J
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Reviewed September 30, 2015 via mobile

Here's a place to go for Memorial Day services. Each year on Sunday at 1300 hrs. The Anchorage Vets M/C has their ride from Mary Carries restaurant at mile 135ish to the Memorial at Byers Lake mile 147 on the Parks Hwy. It will be a place you will always go back to once you go the first time. There is five stones. One for each branch of the services. There are very touching words on all of them. I suggest you go at least once but know you will come back year after year.

Thank 908neild
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Reviewed September 27, 2015 via mobile

In not sure there is a sign northbound. There was southbound. Very near another entrance for Byers lake. East side in denali state park. Close to mile 147.

Well done. My veteran dad appreciated the stop. I thought it was very good too. Expect to spend 15 min or so.

Thank Christopher D
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Reviewed September 24, 2015

I'm not American but couldn't help but feel moved at this memorial. It's a bit different than the usual and has very nice surroundings. Well worth a visit.

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