Anchorage is a hot spot all its own. Located conveniently in Southcentral Alaska, this colorful city fuses native culture with modern art, dining, and outdoor discoveries. This city boasts a growing population of 300,000 dwellers with festivals celebrating everything from dog mushing to craft brews, and aviation to bacon. With the Chugach Mountains to the east and Cook Inlet to the west, Anchorage serves as an ideal base for exploring the wilds of Alaska.
Every season is perfect for traveling to the state’s largest city! Winter brings ice art sculptures, warm restaurants to enjoy live music, skating on neighborhood lakes, skiing, and the northern lights. The summer season offers endless bike trails, the midnight sun, first-class museums, open-air markets, floatplane adventures, fishing, hiking, and more. Once you’ve touched down in Anchorage, it’s time to explore. Check out these 6 best locations to share the beauty of Alaska on your Instagram.
1. Anchorage Skyline
The Wow Factor – With a skyline of glistening glass reflecting a beaming sky of light and mountains towering behind, who wouldn’t want to showcase this classic Anchorage shot?
Where, You Ask – Drive out west to Point Woronzof near Anchorage International Airport for surrounding views of Cook Inlet, Mt. Susitna, and the downtown skyline. Sunrise or sunset offers majestic lighting for a beautiful display.
2. Lake Hood
The Wow Factor – The busiest floatplane base in the world is ideal for dramatic cloud displays, rainbows, floatplanes flying overhead, and sunset reflections.
Where, You Ask – Park in the Cell Phone Waiting Lot off West International Airport Road for active floatplane takeoff and landings. Get out on foot, and explore the lake around the footpaths or roadways following the perimeter. Be alert for taxiways and respect private floatplane slips.
3. Glen Alps Viewpoint and Flattop Mountain
The Wow Factor – A bird’s eye view of the entire city of Anchorage and on a clear day, the Alaska Range and Mt. Denali!
Where, You Ask – Take O’Malley Road east and make a right on Hillside while following signs. Bring a jacket and keep a watch for moose.
4. Downtown Anchorage
The Wow Factor – Local brewpubs, locals clad in fur, unique native art, specialty shops, and haven’t you ever heard of reindeer sausage?!
Where, You Ask – 4th, 5th, and 6th Avenues in downtown Anchorage offer all the photo ops you seek. Visit the shops, eat and drink your way across the city, and don’t forget to ask the locals where they go!
5. Cultural Museum
The Wow Factor – Picture the sheer size of a whale bone, a totem that reaches to the sky, a hand-made wooden canoe, a caribou carved out of ivory, or exquisite bead-work on a drum. Go experience Alaska’s native and present culture first-hand!
Where, You Ask – The Anchorage Museum or Alaska Native Heritage Center offer live performances, special events, interpretive displays, and native peoples to interact with. Gain appreciation for Alaska’s subsistence life with unique peoples eager to share their culture and history. Visit the Alaska Aviation Museum for retired aircraft and marvel at aviation feats.
6. Hit the Trail
The Wow Factor – Get off-the-beaten path adventures and explore Alaska’s wildlife and incredible wildflowers!
Where, You Ask – The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, Chester Creek Greenbelt, and Kincaid Park offer multi-use trails for biking, hiking, and sightseeing. Pack a lunch, grab your camera, and set out to seek out moose, wildflowers, and edible plants! Find a trail map and consider bear spray for your location- even Anchorage is home to brown and black bears.
After just one trip, and you may find yourself yearning to return for new discoveries!
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