Visiting Alaska is not complete without seeing Anchorage, the region’s largest city. Nestled in a spectacular location, Anchorage takes pride of its plethora of features that tourists find appealing: natural scenery, colorful history, shopping centers, fine restaurants and friendly people. Famous for its snow-capped mountain and winter activities, visitors have so much to see and do within the premises of this bustling city.
The great outdoors is enough of a reason to visit Anchorage. In fact, the city is a favorite spot of hikers and bikers, thanks to its 120-miles paved and easy trails. Meanwhile, hikers find their piece of heaven in Flattop Mountain, and from above, the mountain gives out a stunning view of the city and all the beauty that envelopes it. May it be cloudy or rainy, hiking the Flattop Mountain is definitely worth the experience.
When in Anchorage, exploring its natural treasures must be part of the itinerary. Topping the list must beTony Knowles Coastal Trail, and with its fantastic views and paved pathways, this park is a favorite destination of nature-lovers, cross-country skiers and cyclers. Ship Creek, on the other hand, is a lovely place for bird-watching and salmon viewing. For a more exciting experience, dare to catch a 50-pound king salmon in Ship Creek while enjoying the relaxing atmosphere and magnificent views. Also inviting for a wildlife adventure is the Potter Marsh, home to a variety of birds including bald eagles, yellowlegs and tundra swan to name a few.
Summer may be the best time to visit Anchorage, the time when the sky is clear, when almost 400 varieties of colorful flowers are in full bloom, and when playing golf and Frisbee is ideal. But for people who can take the cold, touring Anchorage during winter is not at all bad. In fact, one of the factors that invite tourists to Anchorage is its winter celebrations, including the Fur Rendezvous and the Trail Sled Dog Race.
Most of the tourists explore the city’s culture, history and entertainment, making the visit to galleries, museums and theaters a major part of the trip. The Anchorage Museum has a comprehensive display of art, science and historical pieces with the aim to have a perfect understanding of the people’s past lives. To not miss-out on other historical landmarks and attractions, joining a group guided tour is a smart move. When it comes to entertainment, venues such as Peratrovich Park gets packed and busy due to Music at the Park, and the Town Square Winter Center for The Crystal Gallery of Ice.
Trying out local culinary takes part of the Anchorage holiday, and thanks to the city’s network of restaurants, there is always something to satisfy one’s craving for good food. Locals rave for the pizza, raspberry vinaigrette spinach salad and Thai chicken of Moose Tooth’s Pub and Pizzeria; and the different kinds of freshly-baked breads of The House of Bread. And of course, the Anchorage trip only becomes complete after one has feasted on fresh seafood like scallops, oyster, king crab and salmon.