We’ve compiled the best of the best in Anchorage - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Alaska Native Heritage Center

    East Anchorage | Native American Site

    On a 26-acre site facing the Chugach Mountains, this facility provides an introduction to Alaska's Native peoples. The spacious Gathering Place...Read More

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  • 2. Anchorage Museum

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    This striking, contemporary building with first-rate exhibits is an essential stop for visitors who want to celebrate the history of the North...Read More

  • 3. Tony Knowles Coastal Trail


    Strollers, runners, bikers, dog walkers, and in-line skaters cram this recreation trail on sunny summer evenings, particularly around Westchester...Read More

  • 4. Alaska Aviation Museum

    West Anchorage | Museum/Gallery

    The state's unique aviation history is presented here with more than 25 vintage aircraft, a flight simulator, a theater, and an observation...Read More

  • 5. Alaska Botanical Garden

    East Anchorage | Garden/Arboretum

    The garden showcases perennials hardy enough to make it in Southcentral Alaska in several large display gardens, a pergola-enclosed herb garden...Read More

  • 6. Alaska Cake Studio


    If you prefer the focus of your coffee break to be on the baked goods, pop into Alaska Cake Studio Downtown. From creative cupcakes—their 350...Read More

  • 7. Alaska Heritage Museum at Wells Fargo

    Midtown | Museum/Gallery

    More than 900 Alaska Native artifacts are the main draw in the quiet unassuming lobby of a large Midtown bank—it's reputed to be one of the...Read More

  • 8. Alaska Public Lands Information Center

    Downtown | Information Center

    Stop here for information on all of Alaska's public lands, including national and state parks, national forests, and wildlife refuges. You can...Read More

  • 9. Alaska Railroad Historic Depot

    Downtown | Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    Totem poles and a locomotive built in 1907 are outside this station, the headquarters of the Alaska Railroad since 1915. Photographs and plaques...Read More

  • 10. Alaska Zoo

    South Anchorage | Zoo/Aquarium

    Roam the trails and visit with the polar bears, caribou, brown and black bears, seals, tigers, snow leopards, moose, wolves, lynx, and a large...Read More

  • 11. Girdwood Center for Visual Arts

    Arts/Performance Venue

    Though you'll go to Girdwood to ski or hike, you'll end up spending time perusing the crafts and artwork at this nonprofit co-op gallery. With...Read More

  • 12. Historic City Hall

    Downtown | Government Building

    Offices of Visit Anchorage now occupy this 1936 building. A few exhibits and historic photos are right inside the lobby. Out front, take a look...Read More

  • 13. Kaladi Brothers Coffee


    A local favorite since opening its first spot in 1986, Kaladi Brothers Coffee has espresso, lattes, baked goods, and more at 12 locations around...Read More

  • 14. Oscar Anderson House Museum

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    City butcher Oscar Anderson built Anchorage's first permanent frame house in 1915, at a time when most of Anchorage consisted of tents. Visits...Read More

  • 15. Potter Marsh

    South Anchorage | Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Sandhill cranes, trumpeter swans, and other migratory birds, as well as the occasional moose or beaver, frequent this marsh about 10 miles south...Read More

  • 16. Resolution Park

    Downtown | Park/Playground

    This tiny park has a cantilevered viewing platform dominated by a monument to Captain Cook, whose explorations in 1778 led to the naming of...Read More

  • 17. Ship Creek

    Downtown | Trail/Path

    The creek is dammed right Downtown, with a footbridge across the dam and access from either bank. There's a waterfall; salmon running upstream...Read More

  • 18. SteamDot Coffee and Espresso Lab


    In South Anchorage, coffee's next wave is brewing. SteamDot Coffee and Espresso Lab treats coffee lovers to quite the coffee-brewing show at...Read More

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