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Top attractions you must see in Anchorage, Alaska

Updated on November 20, 2009

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A visit to America's 49th state, Alaska, can be the type of vacation that many people only dream of. With its unique history, immense amount of natural scenic areas, and sense of remoteness, the state can offer a multitude of experiences that cannot be had elsewhere. The communities of Alaska also offer a great deal of entertainment possibilities including museums, art galleries, unique eating establishments, historical sites, shopping locations, and more. One of the most well-rounded cities in the state, Anchorage is also Alaska's most populated city. The fun rarely stops in Anchorage, and here is a look at some fun attractions that shouldn't be missed when visiting the city.



Sled dogs Rides are a top Anchorage Attraction. Photo by alaskandude.

One of the first things that comes to mind when you think about Alaska are sled dogs. For the Alaska visitor one can go to experience the thrill and excitement of riding on a dog sled tour by experiencing first hand what it's like. You will get to go on a sled ride for about 3 miles and afterwards get to pat and cuddle up with newly born pupies. It is fun for the entire family, but it's most exciting for any toddlers in your party. Many visitors have claimed that this sled dog ride is the highlight of their stay in Alaska. For more information visit ididiaride.com. Prices are about $60 per adult and $30 per child. You can enjoy these rides even in the summer.



The Snowy Owl is one of the many attractions you will find in the Alaska Zoo.
Photo by Alaskan dude.

Those longing for the elaborate and extensive zoos found in the continental United States that feature thousands of species from around the world may be disappointed with a visit to the Alaska Zoo. The Alaska Zoo's primary focus is displaying, for the enjoyment of travelers and locals alike, a wide variety of animals that can only be found in the state of Alaska. This narrow focus provides travelers with a great way to see the non-human natural inhabitants of the state. The zoo features many species that are naturally found in the surrounding areas including caribou, wolves, musk oxen, mountain goats, moose, and sheep. There is also a healthy display of various kinds of bears at the Alaska Zoo and they remain one of the more popular exhibits.

Location:

4731 O'Malley Road

Anchorage, AK 99507

Prices

Adults ages 18+ = $12.00

Seniors over 65 = $9.00

Military adults (ID) = $9.00

Ages 3 - 17 = $6.00

Under 2 = FREE

Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

There is not a better way to see Anchorage and the coastal surrounding area than from the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. The trail stretches more than eleven miles and goes by both urban and natural areas. The entire length of the trail follows Anchorage's shoreline and provides magnificent views of the city and the surrounding natural resources. The trail is popular with walkers, runners, rollerbladers, bikers, and even people watchers. During the colder months of the year the trail is even a popular place to find those enjoying the outdoor pursuit of cross country skiing.



Totem Pole at Alaska Heritage Center. Photo by Alaskan dude.

If you want a place to learn more about Alaska, then there is no better place than the Alaska Heritage Center. You go around each of the different indigenous villages represented and participate in events such as learning about moose, dancing, craft creation (such as basket weaving), and fishing. You will learn fun facts about Alaska and both young and old will enjoy the different museum displays and activities. It is fun and interactive and well worth a visit when going to Anchorage. Make sure you look around for some coupons, it may get you up to 50% off the price of admission.



Sled dogs Rides are a top Anchorage Attraction. Photo by chadica.

There are a number of tour companies in Anchorage that offer aerial tours of both the city and the amazing area that surrounds it. These aerial tours depart both from the local airfields as well as the water in float planes too. Travelers can book an aerial tour that flies into the amazing Denali National Forest, out over Anchorage's surrounding water, or even above Portage Glacier. An aerial tour of Anchorage and the many natural attractions that surround it can be the highlight of anyone's vacation to Alaska.

Hilltop Ski Area

A fun day can be had at Hilltop Ski Area, located in Far North Bicentennial Park, especially for any family with older children or teenagers. Hilltop Ski Area is open to both skiing and snowboarding, and serves skiers and snowboarders of all levels of expertise. The area is very near Chucach State Park which holds a number of activity possibilities as well. Hilltop Ski Area is located adjacent to the Karl Eid Ski Jump Complex which features lighted ski jumps of various lengths. Both of these ski areas are popular with those who just care to sit back and watch amazing young athletes too.

Imaginarium

One of the top attractions in Anchorage is the popular Imaginarium. With plenty of hands-on exhibits, including the opportunity to handle actual living marine life, the Imaginarium is particularly popular with children of all ages. This is simply one of the best science centers around and has a unique way of allowing kids to learn when they don't even realize that is what they are doing. Many children leave after spending part of the day at the Imaginarium with an even bigger interest in science, and the world around us, than they came with. Among some of the highlights include: being inside a big bubble and Toyland - where children learn about science while having fun with activities such as dominoes, cranes, buildings and bridges.

Location:

737 W 5th Ave

Anchorage, AK 99501

Cost & Hours - Adults and children are about $6. Open daily from Mon-Sat 10 AM to 6PM, Sunday 12 PM to 5 PM.

Travel To Anchorage

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Video Look at Anchorage Attractions

A video look at the different activities you can do in Anchorage, Alaska.

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      Linda Hoxie 7 years ago from Idaho

      Gorgeous photos, Alaska is on my bucket list of places to visit. Great information! Thank you! Linda

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      Heather Burns 8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Really nice lens! Included on my Travel Bucket List lens. 5*

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      You've been blessed by a Squid Angel, and this lens was included in Another Day of One Hundred Squid Angel Blessings.

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      Suzie-Shine 8 years ago

      All sounds great. Love the idea of a dog sled, must put that on my 'to do' list. Super lens.

      Suzie

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

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      norma-holt 8 years ago

      Lovely lens, great pictures, good topic. Well done

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      Jeanette 8 years ago from Australia

      As someone who has never visited Alaska (or any of the other states in USA for that matter!) I found this very interesting. Especially the boots (slippers?) on the dogs! 5*

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      Mary Beth Granger 8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Very nice visit to Anchorage. I will be featuring this on my new lens on Alaska Cruises. 5*