I didn’t get the warm and fuzzy feeling I had with Juneau. However, Anchorage is worth the visit and a couple of day’s stay.
With a population of 282,000, it is Alaska’s most populous city framed by the Chugach Mountains and the Cook Inlet. Anchorage got its name by the unilateral decision of the Postal Service. Basically, they said we are calling you Anchorage and there is nothing anyone can do about it 😆. That is just gangster!
Anywho, Anchorage is a great jumping-off point for any Alaskan travel. Also, it can be the hub for adventure as many tour operators originate out of Anchorage; ensuring that there are plenty of things to do!
What to do
If you are staying in the city of Anchorage and don’t have a car, these are some of the things you can do.
The Anchorage Museum showcases the Alaskan heritage, artworks, and landscape through both permanent and temporary displays.
When I went they had an incredible exhibit called Women of the North featuring the tough, strong Alaska women.
As well as the Black Lives in Alaska Joy Journey Justice exhibit.
Therefore, It was both inspiring and eye-opening. Cost: $20
Upon your arrival in Anchorage, a nice activity is hitting the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. The 11-mile hiking and biking path spreads from Second Avenue in downtown Anchorage to Kincaid Park. The views are stunning as you travel along the water with the mountains in the background.
Anchorage Trolley Tour
This is a nice 15-mile historic and scenic tour. You will get an overview of the city with stops at Earthquake Park, Railroad Station, Lake Hood Seaplane Base. Cost: $20
Where to Stay
Since Anchorage is the biggest and most populous city in Alaska, it offers accommodations for all tastes and preferences. From big chains such as Hilton and Marriott to small and inexpensive bed and breakfasts, the city suits budget and luxury travelers alike. Below are a couple of suggestions.
Four Points by Sheraton Anchorage
It was comfortable and a walkable location to the Anchorage Museum and the Mall.
Inlet Inn Hotel and Suites
If you are on a budget, the Inlet Inn will work. It is close to the Coastal Trail and about a mile from downtown. Depending on your room, you get a great view of Cook’s Inlet.
Where to Eat
Anchorage has a plethora of restaurants. It all depends on your taste buds. Below are the restaurants that I visited.
If you looking for a nice dining experience with water views. This is the spot. I was more interested in the wine.
This restaurant is relatively close to Coastal Trail and a great spot to stop and eat. Make sure to get the shrimp and grits. It was good!
Connected to the Inlet Inn with a great atmosphere. You will meet a lot of the locals. A good “Cheers” vibe. Make sure to have the quinoa salmon 😋
I came and I left. Anchorage is a nice pass-through city for the rest of your Alaskan Adventure. All you need is a couple of days to explore to make your trip memorable!
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