Anchorage and Area
Alaska's largest city is a vibrant, eclectic metropolis with a frontier spirit, located in the heart of great wilderness. Adventures begin at the Downtown Log Cabin Visitor Information Center at Fourth Avenue and E Street.
Start the day with an Alaska adventure -go fishing, rent a bike or Nordic skis and glide along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail to Kincaid Park. In the afternoon, relax, unwind and get pampered at a local day spa, followed by a feast of wild Alaska salmon, king crab or other culinary delight. At night, take in a local performance or theater production, followed by a horse-drawn carriage ride through downtown Anchorage.
Play in the snow and on the greens - all in the same day! Drive south along scenic Turnagain Arm to Girdwood - an All-American Road and board a helicopter to a glacier for guided summer snowmobiling or sled dog ride. Enjoy lunch at one of Girdwood's fine cafés or restaurants then return to Anchorage for the 2:30 p.m. Alaska Zoo Naturalist Tour. Enjoy dinner in south Anchorage or at a midtown restaurant and then off to the Anchorage golf course - where play can range from as early as 4:30 a.m. to after midnight.
Climb aboard the Alaska Railroad at the Anchorage depot for an amazing journey through Alaska wilderness complemented by a variety of outdoors activities including a trip to Spencer glacier combined with a gentle float tour down the Placer River; the Grandview Valley and the historic "loop district," which offers incredible views of Trail Glacier, Bartlett Glacier and Spencer Glacier; a glacier and wildlife cruise through Prince William Sound or the Kenai Fjords National Park; or a gentle raft trip along a glacial river or wilderness jetboat adventure out of Talkeetna. Return to Anchorage either by rail or motorcoach, depending upon the activity.
Hop on a Segway for a guided one-hour tour of downtown Anchorage. Grab a reindeer sausage from a Fourth Avenue hot dog cart and follow the live music for a picnic in the park, or dine on an open deck while basking in the sun and surrounding views. In the afternoon, hike Flattop Mountain - the most climbed peak in Alaska and within 20 minutes of downtown. Shuttle and guided hikes available. At night, enjoy a brew with halibut tacos or a salmon quesadilla at a local microbrew pub.
Start the day at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art with a docent tour of the Alaska Gallery, world-class art, exhibits and the Children's Gallery, followed by lunch at the Marx Brothers Café, located in the Museum Atrium. Take the courtesy transport* to The Ulu Factory for an Ulu Knife demonstration, then shuttle to the Alaska Native Heritage Center and explore Alaska's cultural heritage while experiencing the passing of traditions between generations. Make advanced arrangements to pick up the Grizzly Junction shuttle to the Sourdough Mining Co. restaurant shuttle from downtown for dinner, The Adventures of Dusty Sourdough show* and stop by Alaska Wild Berry Products. The shuttle is available to transport guests to their accommodations or directly to the airport. *summer only
Denali in a Day. Climb aboard a twin-engine aircraft in cabin class comfort and make the scenic journey to the Denali National Park and Preserve. Board the park shuttle for the 63-mile journey to Fish Creek. On a clear day, this eight-hour shuttle bus trip into the park affords outstanding views of Denali, the Alaska Range and excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. In the evening, return to Anchorage.
The natural, untamed wilderness surrounding the Glenn Highway lures sightseers out of their vehicles and into the wild. A popular first stop north out of Anchorage is Thunderbird Falls. Take the one-mile hike to the waterfall, which freezes each winter to an intense, aqua-blue hue. Continue north to Eklutna Historical Park and see the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, built in 1830, along with colorful Native spirit houses. Take the Native Village of Eklutna Athabascan cultural tour. Cross the highway to Eklutna Lake Recreation Area. The bluish-green lake is fed by Eklutna Glacier and runs parallel to a network of trails. Picnic facilities, kayak and bike rentals are available. Guided ATV adventures to Eklutna Glacier explore the shoreline and surrounding mountains.