Anchorage Tourist Attractions
The port of Anchorage (pop. 279,000) lies at the head of Cook Inlet, surrounded by the Chugach Mountains. It is Alaska's largest town, its commercial and economic centre as well as its most important traffic hub (intercontinental air services; the world's largest seaplane base). Among places of interest are the Anchorage Museum of History and Art and Earthquake Park, which commemorates the devastating 1964 earthquake. Anchorage appeals to visitors as a good base for excursions by air or boat and for the scenic attractions of its immediate surroundings. Within easy reach of the town are Mount Alyeska Ski Resort, which offers skiing throughout the year, the magnificent Portage Glacier (50 mi. south-east) and the Kenai Peninsula. Chugach National Forest and Chugach State Park offer unspoiled natural landscapes.
Alaska Native Heritage Center
The Alaska Native Heritage Center explores the cultures of the 11 indigenous groups of Alaska. Visitors can experience Alaska Native dance and discover its cultural relevance, learn about Native games and athletes, and see traditional Native dwellings with knowledgeable guides at to provide details and answer questions. Visitors can also hear stories of Alaska's Native people and learn about Native traditions.The Center also looks at modern times and some of the changes and challenges which Native People are faced with on a political, environment, and cultural front. The contrast of traditional ways and modern realities can be seen through some of the exhibits.The Alaska Native Heritage Center offers educational programs created to support all of Alaska's Native cultures. There is also an on site gift shop with unique items for sale.
Official site: www.alaskanative.net
Address: 8800 Heritage Center Drive, Anchorage, AK 99506, United States
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center
The Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center contains a broad range of art and historical items related to Alaska and the arctic. The permanent collection includes 17,500 objects and also maintains a large collection of historical photographs. In addition, the Anchorage Museum features numerous traveling exhibits from around the world each year.The expanding collection has led to an expansion of the facility. The 80,000-square-foot expansion is planned is designed to be a LEED Green Building. New spaces created by the expansion include the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center, the Imaginarium Discovery Center, the Thomas Planetarium, the The Brian E. Davies Chugach Gallery for temporary exhibits, and the ConocoPhillips Gallery which houses contemporary art, as well as a restaurant and gift shop.Check the museum calendar to see about upcoming exhibits, events, and programs.
Official site: www.anchoragemuseum.org
Address: 625 C Street, Anchorage, AK 99501-3611, United States
Rust's Flying Service
Rust's Flying Service has been in business since 1963 offering flightseeing sea plane tours to Mount McKinley, Denali National Park, and Knik and Columbia glaciers. It has become a bit of an institution in this part of the country, offering some of the most popular tours. The planes can also take visitors to remote Alaska fishing lodges or wildlife viewing to see bears.For anyone harboring the romantic idea of flying around Alaska in a bush plane, this will surely fulfill that dream. The planes include Cessnas, Beavers, and Turbine Otter seaplanes on floats. These traditional planes of the north can take visitors to remote destinations and land on the water. The experience is as much about the flight as the sightseeing. Flightseeing tours can range anywhere from a half of an hour to three hours in length. There are also custom tours available.
Official site: www.flyrusts.com
Address: Box 190867, Anchorage, AK 99519, United States
The Alaska Zoo is a 30 acre facility with a variety of native wildlife species including bears wolves, musk oxen, and reindeer to name a few of the favorites. The Alaska Zoo also has a small collection of exotic animals, including Siberian tigers, camels, and an elephant.
Official site: www.alaskazoo.org
Address: 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage, AK 99507, United States
Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum
The Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum in Anchorage restores and displays vintage aircraft, photographs, and other related memorabilia honoring the pioneers of Alaska aviation. There is also a video presentation on the history of aviation in Alaska. The aircraft on display are in various states of repair, with some being no more than a frame. However, this really only adds to the authentic feeling of the museum.The Hall of Fame honors pilots who have made significant impacts or contributions to the history of aviation in Alaska. The museum adds one new inductee to the list each year. Interestingly, these pilots were typically born in various parts of the United States and eventually found their way to Alaska, where they formed or worked for air services of note.
Official site: www.alaskaairmuseum.org
Address: 4721 Aircraft Drive, Anchorage, AK 99502-1080, United States
Imaginarium Discovery Center
Located on the first floor of the Anchorage Museum, the Imaginarium Discovery Center offers hands-on science and technology displays. As Alaska's only hands-on Science Center, the Imaginarium allows visitors to learn and have fun with science. This is a great outing for families or anyone looking to entertain children for a day.In recent years the Center has increased its space and number of exhibits. Some of the exhibits include simulated earthquakes and auroras, a unique bubbles exhibit, touch tanks, physics displays, a planetarium, and much more. The new facility offers 9,000 square feet of space. Many of the displays were designed specifically for the Imaginarium. The Center is targeted towards children and youth, and also has a gallery designed for infants to children aged five and under.
Official site: www.imaginarium.org
Address: 625 C Street, Anchorage, AK 99501-2117, United States
Alaska Museum of Natural History
The Alaska Museum of Natural History offers exhibits on Alaskan rock, minerals, and fossils, including information on dinosaurs, native artifacts, and dioramas of Alaskan wilderness and wildlife.The humanities collection features sculpture, illustrations, original paintings and drawings, photos, maps and texts. There are 4 Alaskan wildlife dioramas, featuring numerous mounts of Alaskan birds and mammals, as well as skeletal remains of moose, man, skulls and birds.
Official site: www.alaskamuseum.org
Address: 201 North Bragaw Street, Anchorage, AK 99508, United States
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport opened in 1953 and services a number of national and international destinations. The south terminal handles domestic flights and the north terminal services international flights.The airport was named in honor of Ted Stevens, Alaska's Senior U.S. Senator, in 2000. In 2007, the Anchorage Rental Car Center opened featuring all airport car rental concessionaires in one building.
Official site: www.dot.state.ak.us/anc/index.shtml
Address: 5000 West International Airport Road, Anchorage, AK 99502, United States
Alaska Heritage Library and Museum
Located in the National Bank of Alaska Building in Anchorage, the Alaska Heritage Library and Museum explores Alaska Native culture and displays over 900 Native art pieces and artifacts. The library houses more than 2,500 books on Alaska subjects.A highlight of the exhibits is a scaled down stagecoach and presentation on Wells Fargo's role in the Alaskan Gold Rush.
Official site: www.wellsfargohistory.com/museums/museums_an.htm
Address: 301 West Northern Lights Boulevard, Anchorage, AK 99503-2603, United States
Oscar Anderson House Museum
Built in 1915, this woodframed house has been restored and furnished in period with items from the Anderson family on display. Oscar Anderson proclaimed himself the 18th person to set foot in Anchorage. A guided tour provides information on the early history of Anchorage, the railroad boom, the pioneers and of course, Oscar Anderson.
Address: 420 M Street, Anchorage, AK 99501-1929, United States
Wolf Museum (closed)
Due to plans to evaluate upgrading the facilities, museum, education center and museum gift shop Wolf Song will be closed until further notice.The Wolf Museum is designed to inform the public about the wolf and dispel myths which portray the animal in a negative image. Information on the natural behavior of the wolf, photographs, and dioramas are presented.
Official site: www.wolfsongalaska.org
Address: Box 770950, Eagle River, AK 99577, United States
Alaska Public Lands Information Center
The Alaska Public Lands Information Center in downtown Anchorage provides information and exhibits on Alaska's native culture and wildlife. Visitors can also obtain State Park permits, get assistance with trip planning as well as purchase books and maps.
Official site: www.nps.gov/aplic/about_us/aaplic.html
Address: 605 West 4th Avenue, #105, Anchorage, AK 99501, United States
H2Oasis Indoor Waterpark
H2Oasis Indoor Waterpark in Anchorage is an indoor waterpark featuring a wave pool, a 575-foot long lazy river, a Pirate Ship-themed interactive children's play area, hot tubs, and a Master Blaster uphill water coaster. Swimming and kayak lessons are also available.
Official site: www.h2oasiswaterpark.com
Address: 1520 O'Malley Road, Anchorage, AK 99507, United States
National Archives Pacific Alaska Region
The National Archives in Anchorage maintains records retired from Federal agencies and courts in Alaska. Services available to the public include genealogy and historical research with documents, photographs, maps, and architectural drawings, dating from about 1867 to the present.
Official site: www.archives.gov/pacific-alaska/anchorage/
Address: 654 West Third Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501, United States
William A. Egan Civic and Convention Center
Named for the first elected governor of Alaska, the 45,000 square foot William A. Egan Civic and Convention Center offers a prime location for exhibits and meetings. The interior is decorated with native Alaskan art.Check the convention center website for details on upcoming events.
Official site: www.anchorageconventioncenters.com
Address: 555 West Fifth Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501, United States
Alaska Experience Theatre
The Alaska Experience Theater features the Safequake Theatre as well as the shows Journey to Alaska and Northern Lights Adventure.There is also an earthquake exhibit on the 1964 earthquake which measured 9.2 on the Richter Scale.
Official site: www.alaskaexperiencetheatre.com
Address: 333 W. 4th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501, United States
Alaska Trooper Museum
The Alaska Trooper Museum highlights the history of law enforcement in Alaska through information and displays. The dedicated officers brought law and order to an unusual and distant jurisdiction.
Official site: www.alaskatroopermuseum.com
Address: 245 West 5th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99510-0280, United States
Era Aviation Flightseeing Tours
Official site: www.flyera.com
Address: 6160 Carl Brady Drive, Anchorage, AK 99502, United States
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