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

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

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  • 2. Anchorage Museum


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

  • 3. Point Woronzof

    Perched between the airport and the coast, this city park provides an entertaining hodgepodge of nature and noise—you can enjoy beautiful views of Mt. Susitna...Read More

  • 4. Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

    Strollers, runners, bikers, dog walkers, and in-line skaters cram this recreation trail on sunny summer evenings, particularly around Westchester Lagoon. In winter, cross-country skiers take...Read More

  • 5. Alaska Aviation Museum

    West Anchorage

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

  • 6. Alaska Botanical Garden

    East Anchorage

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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Alaska Public Lands 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 plan a hiking,...Read More

  • 9. Alaska Railroad Historic Depot


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

  • 10. Alaska Zoo

    South Anchorage

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

  • 11. Downtown Log Cabin Visitor Center and Visitor Information Center


    Housed in a rustic log cabin, the center's sod roof is festooned with huge hanging baskets of flowers. Anchorage is a major stopping point for...Read More

  • 12. Girdwood Center for Visual Arts

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

  • 13. Historic City Hall


    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

  • 14. International Gallery of Contemporary Art


    Anchorage's premier fine-arts gallery, the International Gallery of Contemporary Art has changing exhibits monthly and features some of Alaska's most forward-thinking work....Read More

  • 15. 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 town,...Read More

  • 16. Oscar Anderson House Museum


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

  • 17. Potter Marsh

    South Anchorage

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

  • 18. Resolution Park


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

  • 19. Ship Creek


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

  • 20. 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 its "slow bar."...Read More

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