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Basic information

  • Area: 5,079 km² (1,961.1 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +1907
  • Currency: United States Dollar ($)
  • Population (EST): 279,243
  • Official language: English
  • Time Zone: AKST (UTC-9)

Anchorage - Places to Visit

Heritage Museum

The Alaska Native Heritage Museum located in Northeast Anchorage celebrates the history and culture of Alaska’s eleven cultural groups. With an aim to help people understand the foundations of the first peoples of Alaska the museum provides visitors with a wealth of experiences. It is spread over 26 acres and includes replica villages, working studios where artists recreate traditional crafts and a museum displaying fine examples of Native Alaskan art and sciences. A theatre within the museum regularly puts on productions of traditional music and dance.

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Denali National Park

Great for a day trip out of the city or for an extended stay, Denali National Park covers over 9000 square miles and is home to North Americas tallest mountain; Mount McKinley. A popular location for wildlife enthusiasts, native Alaskan animals such as the Grizzly and Black bear as well as the iconic Caribou are in abundance. A bus route is the only vehicular way to travel into the park, and there are two main types: shuttle buses and tour buses, however the best way to see the park is by bicycle or hiking.

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Originally called Glacier City, Girdwood was home to a gold rush in the 17th century. Modern day Girdwood is famous for its winter activities of skiing and snowboarding; Mount Alyeska located in Girdwood is the highest ski mountain in the state of Alaska. If you’re not interested in travelling downhill at great speeds why not adventure up one of the many hiking trails offering spectacular views over the Chugach mountain range and the magnificent glaciers and waterfalls along the way. Easily reached from Anchorage, Girdwood is located 37 km south of the city centre.

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Alaska’s only interactive science discovery centre, the Imaginarium is a great day out for the whole family. Children especially enjoy activities like standing inside a giant bubble, touching creatures from the bottom of the sea and travelling through space. Live demonstrations are carried out every hour, making science accessible to all ages. The Imaginarium is open all year round and a small entrance fee is charged.

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Alaska Range

The 650 kilometre long Alaska Range runs from southeast Canada to Lake Clark in the south central area of Alaska. The range encompasses Mt McKinley and the Denali National Park, amongst others. A part of the Pacific Ring of Fire and the Denali Fault, a number of earthquakes have been caused by the movement of the range. It is possible to see the breathtaking scenery of the mountains and glaciers by air and it is necessary to travel by plane to reach some of the more out of the way hiking trails.

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Ship Creek

Salmon fishing is an important industry in Alaska and the Ship Creek hotspot is one of the best places to see the Salmon fighting their way upstream to mate. The picturesque stream is a peaceful place to watch or take part in the fishing (if getting involved, ensure you have the correct license) and is accessible from Anchorage by car or public bus.

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