Weekend Breaks to Anchorage
Planning a short break to Anchorage? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Anchorage. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Anchorage. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.
Top 10 Things in Anchorage on a Short Break
Located at 420 M Street, this house was built in 1915 by Swedish immigrant Oscar Anderson, who proclaimed himself the 18th person to set foot in Anchorage.
Filled with mementos and treasure of the Anderson family, and having withstood the march of progress, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Open Mon. Fri. from June to mid-September plus two weekends in December for the annual "1915 Swedish Christmas Celebration". Phone (907) 274-2336.
To understand how beautiful the countryside is around Anchorage, take this paved bike, ski and walking trail that affords stunning views of the mountains and ocean in the 11 miles (17.6 km) following the coastline, beginning at the western end of 2nd Ave and ending at Kincaid Park. Not only is there spectacular scenery on the trail, but also you could get a look at some of the natural wildlife of the area. Bicycles are available for rental.
Go to www.anchorage.net/3.cfm
The Heritage Centre is located on a 26-acre site in Northeast Anchorage just 12 minutes from downtown, and has been designed by Alaskan natives to showcase their culture. By far the best Native Culture centre in Alaska, it has a hall in which storytellers and dancers enthral visitors with traditional performances, a number of workshops to do with traditional crafts, a snack bar and gift shop, and a pond around which five traditional dwellings of the different cultural groups have been built.
Located off the Glenn Highway on the North Muldoon exit. Phone 800/315-6608, 907/330-8000 www.alaskanative.net
Chugach National Forest is the nations second largest national forest, and covers 5.6 million acres/2.24 million hectares and 200-miles/322 km of maintained hiking trails. The landscape is a combination of mountains, glaciers, and wetlands, and is considered one of the most diverse of the 155 national forests, as well as having the most spectacular scenery. Accessible from Anchorage by car, the forest has 15 campgrounds and 43 recreational cabins for rent.
For more information phone U.S. Forest Service at 271- 2500, or go to www.fs.fed.us/r10/chugach/ For Reservations www.reserveusa.com.
Located at 1034 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501, this cafe was voted as Anchorage's "Best New Restaurant," and is a good place to meet the locals, as well as other tourists, as it is equally popular with both. The cafe has a large community table that is littered with newspapers and magazines, and Trivial Pursuit cue cards, which give guests the chance to entertain themselves or interact with others at the table. If you prefer to dine alone, or only with your family, there are booths, and separate tables and chairs.
Main Phone 907-272-2489 Fax: 907-272-6338 www.snowcitycafe.com
737 Fifth Ave Suite G, Anchorage, Alaska 99501, this is Alaskas only hands-on Science Discovery Centre, where children can have fun and actually enjoy learning about science. Here they can climb inside a bubble to explore the science of bubbles. Learn about sea stars, urchins, anemones, crabs and other creatures from the depths, or check out snakes, turtles & tortoises, alligator, iguana, pythons and other creepy-crawlies. When all that natural history palls, take them through to the Galaxy Room/Planetarium, where they can gaze at the stars, and watch stunning projected shows of the Aurora Borealis.
There are a multitude of lakes located around Anchorage, all stocked with Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden, landlocked salmon, Arctic Char and Arctic Grayling. Ship Creek in downtown Anchorage offers excellent king salmon fishing as the great fish battle to swim upstream to their spawning home. With the last word in convenience, you can fish for salmon without leaving town, in Ship Creek Avenue. Once the king salmon fishing season ends, there are always the silvers waiting to challenge you.
For information on Licences etc, www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/statewide/sf_home.cfm
Located at 939 W 5th Ave, and with 20 floors of elegant teak panelling and marble tiles and columns in the foyer, one gets the idea that this is no ordinary hotel. Listed as one of the 100 Preferred Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, the Captain Cook offers three excellent restaurants, and a pub. The hotel is sited to afford magnificent views of the Chugach and Alaskan Range Mountains. Main Phone 907-276-6000, Fax 907-343-2298
For extra details visit www.captaincook.com/
Held annually in Anchorage in March, this race was motivated by the events of 1925 when diphtheria broke out in Nome, and life-giving serum was rushed to the stricken town by the Alaskan Railroad to Nenana, and from there dog sled teams covered the remaining 674 miles in relays through the Alaskan wilderness in temperatures at 50 below zero. The serum reached Nome in five days, seven hours, after leaving Nome.
This beautiful natural phenomenon, known as the Northern Lights, is a spectacular display of curtains of different coloured lights flickering and dancing in the night sky.
Mother Natures heavenly show that upstages any neon or disco laser put on by mortals is best seen on a cold, clear night in winter.
Many hotels in Anchorage offer a wake-up call, if the lights are dong their thing.
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