Downtown Anchorage surrounded by snow capped mountains and lake

Things to do in anchorage

Discover the local adventures, wildlife tours and annual events

If you’re looking to experience the beauty of nature, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better destination than Anchorage. Lovers of the great outdoors can wander along picturesque trails, spot incredible wildlife and visit some of the area’s majestic national parks. Prefer to stay inside? Learn more about the history and heritage of the region at the Anchorage Museum and the Alaska Native Heritage Center, or check out the historic aircraft at the Alaska Aviation Museum.

Depending on what time of year you’re in Anchorage, there are plenty of fun events to experience, from the quirky Fur Rendezvous Festival to the Anchorage International Film Festival and the terrific Anchorage (Farmers) Market in summer featuring 300 vendors.

Situated just next door to the world’s busiest seaplane base, Coast Inn at Lake Hood offers easy access to all of the area’s most popular things to see and do. If you need additional suggestions, just ask.

Attractions

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Wildlife & Glacier Kenai Fjords Tours

Distance from Hotel: 125 miles

See Alaska’s magnificent glaciers up close and witness the abundance of birds and sea-life that make their home in Kenai Fjords National Park.

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Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

Distance from Hotel: 3.2 Miles

The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail is one of four greenbelt trails located in Anchorage. The trail spans 11.0 miles each way and perfect to bike or walk

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Lake Hood Seaplane Base

Distance from Hotel: 0.1 Miles

With nearly 200 daily flights on average, Lake Hood is the world's busiest seaplane base.

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Alaska Aviation Museum

Distance from Hotel: 1.0 Miles

Alaska Aviation Museum showcases historic aircraft (which guests may see being restored), plus exhibits, films and a flight simulator.

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Anchorage Museum

Distance from Hotel: 4.4 Miles

Learn more about the history and culture of Anchorage (and Alaska as a whole) at this fascinating museum.

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Alaska Native Heritage Center

Distance from Hotel: 11.1 Miles

Explore exhibits, films and demonstrations of native culture, plus a woodland area with traditional dwellings.

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Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary

Distance from Hotel: 10 miles

Located within the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge, this sanctuary is a must-visit for birdwatchers.

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Earthquake Park

Distance from Hotel: 2.8 Miles

Shaped by an earthquake in the 1960s, this hilly park features trails and an interpretive display.

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Alaska Botanical Garden

Distance from Hotel: 8.1 Miles

Trails guide visitors through a boreal forest to over 10 acres of cultivated gardens with native flora.

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Kincaid Park

Distance from Hotel: 4.6 Miles

Enjoy hiking, biking and skiing along groomed trails (a third of which are lit) in a rolling, forested area.

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Alaska Zoo

Distance from Hotel: 9.1 Miles

This zoo exhibits a wide range of native Alaskan mammals and birds, plus exotic animals such as tigers and camels.

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Point Woronzof Park

Distance from Hotel: 4 miles

This large wooded area offers trails for hiking, running, bicycling and cross-country skiing seasonally.

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Anchorage Market

Explore this summer market, which is open Saturdays and Sundays and features 300 vendors selling local and international food and products.

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Anchorage International Film Festival

For nearly 20 years, the Anchorage International Film Festival has celebrated the art of independent filmmaking, both here in Alaska and beyond.

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Mayor's Marathon in Anchorage

Challenge yourself amidst the beauty of the Alaskan wilderness at the Mayor's Marathon!

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Anchorage RunFest

Runners of all skill and ability levels are are welcome at this two-day event, which includes a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon and is held in August when the temperature is mild.

Running of the Reindeer

This legendary event involves a road race in downtown Anchorage. Choose one of the four "herds" and do your best to outrun them!

The Great Alaska Aviation Gathering

One of the state's foremost aviation gatherings, this event features nearly 300 exhibitors and showcases every type of aircraft.

Slam'n Salm'n Derby

This annual angling competition welcomes everyone from seasoned veterans to fishing newbies, and draws a huge crowd of locals and visitors.

Alaska State Aviation Trade Show

Equally exciting for both pilots and families, this show offers interactive exhibits, including planes and helicopters that you can climb in!

Summer Solstice Festival

Celebrate the beginning of summer with this fun family event, held downtown and offering everything from food and entertainment to competitions.

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New Year's Eve Celebration

This free event is a wonderful way to usher in the New Year. Stop by the beer garden, listen to music from a local band and enjoy the fireworks!

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