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28 Best Anchorage Attractions Every Tourist Must See

Anchorage Alaska is home to nearly forty percent of Alaska’s entire population. Its beautiful landscape includes being surrounded by miles of frozen rivers, lakes, glaciers and a Chugach Mountains overlooking the prosperous city. Anchorage is filled with many exciting adventures for visitors, tourists and travelers alike. Once you have experienced the beauty that Anchorage can provide, you will never be the same.

Museums for Art, Culture, and History

A part of the history of Alaska is the livelihood of the natives who once thrived there. At the Alaska Native Heritage Center, you can learn about how the natives lived. Descendants of the natives are there to tell stories of their people, and how they hunted, worshipped, danced, and handcrafted everything they used in their daily lives. Visitors even have the chance to join in the dancing with the natives for a fun and personal experience.

When you visit the Anchorage Museum, you will discover many exhibits on display that will teach you about Alaska’s past starting with the First People and the innovative projects happening today to help Alaska against Global Warming. The museum also has programs for the children that allow them to pretend to be a scientist and use an actual lab to conduct studies.

If you’re into airplanes, you’ll love the Alaska Aviation Museum. You will be able to have an up-close, hands-on experience with historical aircrafts that belonged to early pioneers. You can also sign up for guided tours, which will allow you access to view the restoration hangers and the control tower. Afterwards, you can try out the virtual reality simulation to fly your own plane!

Top Choice for Fun Out on the Ice

There are two ways you can hike the Portage Pass Trail. If you’re looking for something to do for about 2-3 hours, you can take the 1.5-mile hike, which still allows you to see all the great sites including the Portage Glacier and a clear view of Whitter, Alaska. If you want to spend a little more time in wild, bring along your camping gear and hike on along the 5.4-mile hike where you can see the glacier and more mountains, wildflowers, and clear starry nights.

You can also sign up for their cruise tour where you can get up and close with the glacier! Take a tour to see the phenomenal Knik Glacier, where you can learn about one of the largest glaciers left behind from the previous ice age! On tour, you’ll also get the chance to spot out some cool wildlife like a moose, wolverines, bald eagles and the mountain goats.

If you’re up for some fast and daring fun, try out the Hilltop Ski Area. If you’re a beginner, they have tutors to help you learn the basics. The kids will also have a chance to learn the popular Olympic sport of disc golfing.

28 Most Popular Attractions in Anchorage

1. H2Oasis Indoor Water Park

  • Adult $24.99 Child $19.99
  • H2Oasis Indoor Waterpark, O'Malley Road, Anchorage, AK, United States
  • Fri 3pm-8pm, Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-7pm

2. Alaska Botanical Garden

  • Adult $12 Child $8
  • Alaska Botanical Garden, Campbell Airstrip Road, Anchorage, AK, United States
  • Open 24 hours

3. Idiator Historic Trail

  • Donations accepted
  • Iditarod Historic Trail, West 4th Avenue, Anchorage, AK, United States
  • Time varies depending on race
  • 1

4. Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

  • Adult $15 Child Free
  • Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Anchorage, AK, United States
  • Daily 11am-4pm

5. Oscar Anderson House Museum

  • Adult $10 Child $5
  • Oscar Anderson House Museum, M Street, Anchorage, AK, United States
  • will reopen on June , daily 12nn-4pm

6. Holy Family Cathedral

  • Free
  • Holy Family Cathedral, West 5th Avenue, Anchorage, AK, United States
  • Mon-Fri 6am-9am, 11am-2pm, Sat 8am-10am, 4pm-7pm, Sun open as usual

7. Hilltop Ski Area

  • from $32
  • Hilltop Ski Area, Anchorage, AK, United States
  • Mon-Thu 3pm-8pm, Fri 3pm-9pm, Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 9am-5pm

8. Alaska Zoo

  • Adult $15 Child $7
  • Alaska Zoo, O'Malley Road, Anchorage, AK, United States
  • Daily 10am-4pm

9. Beluga Point

  • Free
  • Beluga Point, Seward Anchorage Highway, Anchorage, AK, USA
  • Opens daily
  • 1

10. Rust’s Flying Service

  • from $110 plus 3%/ person
  • Rust's Flying Service, Enstrom Circle, Anchorage, AK, United States
  • Time varies depending on activities
  • 1

11. Alaska Center for the Performing Arts

  • Vary depending on events
  • Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., West 6th Avenue, Anchorage, AK, United States
  • Time varies depending on events

12. Sullivan Arena

  • Vary depending on events
  • Sullivan Arena, Gambell Street, Anchorage, AK, United States
  • Time varies depending on events

13. Knik Glacier

  • from Adult $125 Child $65
  • Knik Glacier, Anchorage, AK, United States
  • Time varies depending on activities

14. Alaska Aviation Museum

  • Adult $15 Child $8
  • Alaska Aviation Museum, Aircraft Drive, Anchorage, AK, United States
  • Daily 9am-5pm
  • 1

15. Eklutna Village Historic Park

  • Adults $5 Child Free
  • Eklutna Village, Eklutna Lake Road, Palmer, AK, USA
  • Mon-Fri 10am-5pm.

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