Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska and somewhere you probably won’t miss if you visit the state. Most major flights go in and out of it, and it’s the main hub for all transport/activity. It is 100% a city and has a walmart, best buy, movie theatres aka anything you could get in LA or NYC. I was pleasantly surprised about that and for some reason expected it to have shacks and farms (my bad). Most things are located in a walkable downtown area but if you want to get out and explore you will probably need a car or bike as the public transport isn’t the best. I think you only need a few days here and then spend the rest exploring the outer-areas which I’ll do a post about on Saturday.
The number one thing I would recommend is the Anchorage Museum. If you are like me and oblivious to Alaskan culture it is a must-do to educate yourself. The exhibits are really engaging to read and I ended up in there for several hours getting lost. If you go make sure you don’t stay in the newer part, the old section has some great historic parts including a model of the pipeline.
Downtown Anchorage follows a grid system so it is very easy to walk around. If you go along the water you’ll hit up some beautiful parks and beaches. Resolution Park is pretty small and more a lookout point with a statue of Captain Cook, but a nice place to read and relax. When I visited there was a teenage boy playing guitar and the sun was starting to set – it felt very calm and homey. If you follow the bike trail you’ll hit Point Woronzof. It is a great place to go for a walk along the beach and watch the sunset. Airplanes fly over it to land so you’ll also get to watch them soar above you which is a surreal experience.
We happened to be there when the Solstice was happening and so there was a big festival. They had all kinds of food stands, markets, vintage cars, art stalls and activities that were a lot of fun to get involved in. One of my favourites was ‘the hero games’ and different teams of firefighters, policemen etc. went against each other in the most silly tasks. I really liked the amount of people that gathered round to watch and support though – it shows that Anchorage has a very caring and encouraging community. It turns out they have a lot of events and festivals throughout the year so definitely look into it if you’re thinking of coming.
The number one place I can recommend to eat in Anchorage is Moose’s Tooth Pizza. It is located a little out of downtown but you can easily drive or take the bus. They have some crazy concoctions and below is a half/half with amazing apricot and backpacker (check out their site for the menu description). We all got our own pizza’s which was a lot of food so definitely consider sharing!
Coming up on Saturday is the outside of Anchorage. It is a very nature-based post with glacier walks and lake hikes. I love that it has such an industrial downtown but the outskirts are so open and you can be walking on a mountain within half an hour. The photos and activities were incredible and I can’t wait to share them with you!