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Two Days in Anchorage

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Anchorage is a sprawling city surrounded by wilderness. The city offers a wealth of attractions, cultural, historical and recreational activities, amazing and diverse natural beauty, sparkling waters, parks and wilderness sure to satisfy any getaway need.  Follow this two day itinerary to have a pleasant 48 hours stay in Anchorage and beat the clock.

Two days in Anchorage
Image by Frank K. via Wikimedia Commons

Day 1 in Anchorage


Tony Knowles Coastal Trail at 8:00am!

Kick start your day at Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, an eleven mile paved trail for walking, hiking and biking. Take a short walk, run along the mountains, or go for bicycling or skating. Experience the nature beauty and spectacular views of mountains.  Birds, belugas and moose can be seen from many vantage points. Stretch along your legs along this beautiful trail!


Breakfast at 10:00am!

Head to the Gwennie’s Old Alaska Restaurant that serves hearty home-cooked breakfast. It includes salmon sausage, halibut and eggs, pancakes, are just a few shining example of their delicious menu. The eatery is full of old photos, native art and other knick-knacks. 

Address: 4333 Spenard Rd, Anchorage, AK 99517, United States
Phone: 1 907-243-2090
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 6:00am-10:00pm; Sunday: 8:00am-9:00pm
Distance from Tony Knowles Coastal Trail: 2.6miles or 6minutes drive

Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum at 11:00am!

Next, head off to Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum and learn about the state’s aviation past. It has many historic airplane display- early bush pilots, vintage aircrafts, World War II fliers and other memorabilia. Know about the aviation industry contribution to Alaska’s growth at this museum!

Address: 4721 Aircraft Dr, Anchorage, AK 99502, United States
Phone: 1 907-248-5325
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 9:00am-5:00pm
Distance from Gwennie’s Old Alaska Restaurant: 2.1miles or 5minutes drive

Anchorage Museum at 12:00pm!

Spend your afternoon catching up the history, culture and art of Alaska! Head over to the Anchorage Museum that features many exhibits on science, art, history and culture of Alaska. Peruse some comprehensive and fascination art collections, drawings, paintings, dioramas and sculptures at the museum. Art and artifacts adorn the halls of this museum!

Address: 625 C Street, Anchorage, AK 99501, United States
Phone: 1 907-929-9200
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00am-6:00pm; Sunday: 12:00pm-6:00pm
Distance from Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum: 5.8miles or 15minutes drive

Next, head off to the Hands-on science museum- the Imaginarium Discovery Center. Explore the interactive exhibits that demonstrate the scientific concepts. It includes exhibits, like as BP Kinetic Space where you can know about motion, force and energy, earthquake shake table, or the Bubble Space where bubbles show shapes, light reflection and surface tension. 

Out to Lunch at 2:00pm!

Head to the Muse (625 C Street The Anchorage Museum) that serves up delicious American cuisine, or go to Tito’s Gyros (120 E 6th Ave) for barbecue and Greek fare. Anchorage is popular for its seafood, so try tasty seafood dishes at the Sherri’s at 5th (137 W 5th Ave, Anchorage), or at The Bubbly Mermaid Oyster Bar (417 D Street,). Craving for Asian and Japanese cuisine, stop by Ginger (425 West 5th Avenue).

Oscar Anderson House and Museum at 3:00pm!

Check out the historic house museum- Oscar Anderson House and Museum. It was built by Anchorage’s earliest resident- Oscar Anderson in 1915. Inside, check out the wonderful collection of vintage furniture, books, photographs, and other antiques and pieces. A glimpse of early Anchorage life!

Address: 420 M Street, Anchorage, AK 99501, United States
Phone: 1 907-274-2336

Alaska Museum of Natural History at 4:00pm!

Stroll through the Alaska Museum of Natural History featuring exhibits of Alaskan minerals, dinosaur fossils and rocks. It also houses exhibits that depict the Alaskan Gold Rush, Native American cultural artifacts, and have several hands-on displays for children. 

Address: 201 N Bragaw Street, Anchorage, AK 99508, United States 
Phone: (907) 274-2400 
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday: 10:00am-5:00pm; Saturday: 11:00am-4:00pm
Distance from Imaginarium Discovery Center: 3.8miles or 12 minutes drive

Valley of the Moon Park at 5:00pm!

Time for some outdoor fun! Head off to Valley of the Moon Park. It is one of the most popular recreation spot in Anchorage that has great places to have a picnic, open fields and play areas, and a climbing tower. There is a walking path, soccer field, and many swings and slides. If you have little ones with you, they will surely enjoy!

Address: 610 W 17th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501, United States
Phone: 1 907-343-7529
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 6:00am-11:00pm
Website: www.alaska.org/
Distance from Alaska Museum of Natural History: 4.1miles or 11 minutes drive

Go Shopping at 6:00pm!

Shop for the Alaska souvenir- “Woolens” at Oomingmak Anchorage Cooperative (604 H Street, Anchorage, AK 99501, United States). The woolens sold here are made from the undercoats of musk ox, known as “Qivuit”, which is lighter, softer and warmer.
  
Distance from Valley of the Moon Park: 1.2miles or 4minutes drive

Shop for clothing, accessories, gifts, all under one roof at Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall (320 West 5th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501, United States). It houses many retailers and specialty shops. These include Nordstrom, JCPenney, Banana Republic, Bebe, Fred Meyer Jewelers, Coach, Apples, Gymboree and Eddie Bauer, to name just a few. Also, it has plenty of Alaskan gift shops, like Alaska Wild Berry Products, Once in a Blue Moose and Iditarod Store

Distance from Oomingmak: 0.5miles or 3minutes drive

Evening drinks at 8:00pm!

Head over to the Humpy’s Great Alaskan Alehouse for a beer. It has more than 60 beers on tap. Sip a few beers while enjoying local music at this beer spot!

Address: 610 W 6th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501, United States
Phone: 1 907-276-2337
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 11:00am-2:30am; Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am-2:30am
Distance from Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall: 0.5miles or 2minutes drive

Dinner at 9:00pm!

For surf ‘n’ turf, head to the Simon & Seafort’s Saloon & Grill (420 L Street, Anchorage, AK 99501, United States). Locally known as Simon’s, it offers mouth-watering food and spectacular views of the Cook Inlet and the Alaska Range. The best dishes that you can get here are shellfish dishes, aged prime rib, fresh Alaska seafood and steaks. 

Distance from Humpy’s Great Alaskan Alehouse: 0.8miles or 4minutes drive

Or drop by the Ginger (425 W 5th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501, United States) that offers a fusion of local seafood and oriental flavors. Relish the seafood feast at this spot! 

Distance from Humpy’s: 0.5miles or 2minutes drive

The nightlife starts at 10:00pm!

Head off to the popular watering hole in Anchorage- Chilkoot Charlie’s. It has multiple bars with different themes. Some of the bars have DJs, some have live bands, one serves vodka, another one specializes in martinis, some have sports theme, and some have beer kegs. Hop from one bar to the next, sip a few drinks, get your groove on and enjoy the night!
 
Address: 1071 W 25th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99503, United States
Phone: 1 907-279-1692
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 10:30am-12:00am
Distance from Ginger: 2.3miles or 7minutes drive

Or

If beer and martinis, live music and DJ-spun sets interest you, Bernie’s Bungalow Lounge is your spot. Grab a beer, sip a martini, dance to the DJs awesome music and enjoy live bands at this lounge.

Address: 626 D Street, Anchorage, AK 99501, United States
Phone: 1 907-276-8808
Opening hours: Monday: 11:00am-11:59pm; Tuesday to Friday: 12:00pm-1:30am, 11:00am-11:50pm; Saturday: 12:00pm-3:00am, 2:00pm-11:59pm; Sunday: 12:00pm-3:00am
Website: www.berniesak.com/ 
Distance from Chilkoot Charlie’s: 1.7miles or 6minutes drive


Day 2 in Anchorage

Breakfast at 9:00am!

Kick start you day with delicious and wholesome breakfast at Snow City Cafe. The cafe serves creative fare. Some of the delicious options on the menu that you must try are: stuffed French toast, the Kodiak Benedict, homemade granola, salmon cakes, crab cake, meatloaf sandwich, and other delicious eats. There are also lots of vegan options as well. 

Address: 1034 W 4th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501, United States
Phone: 1 907-272-2489
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 7:00am-3:00pm; Saturday & Sunday: 7:00am-4:00pm

Kincaid Park at 10:00am!

Kincaid Park boasts more than 60km of outdoor trails for hiking, biking, skiing and walking. It offers spectacular views, and has a large wildlife population as well, including moose, bear, lynx, eagles, fox, and many more. Relish the recreational walks and outdoors!

Address: 9401 Raspberry Rd, Anchorage, AK 99502, United States
Phone: 1 907-343-6397
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 10:00am-10:00pm


Lunch at 1:00pm!

Step into Kincaid Grill and Wine Bar (6700 Jewel Lake Rd) that serves international cuisines and wine, or go to Jen’s Restaurant (701 West 36th Avenue Olympic Center) for French, European and International cuisines. Hankering for American fare, head to the Bear Tooth Theatre Pub & Grill (1230 W 27th Ave), or The Rustic Goat (2800 Turnagain St). Taste the delicious Vietnamese and Asian food at Pho Lena (2904 Spenard Rd).  

Alaska Zoo at 2:00pm!

Marvel at the great diversity of wildlife at Alaska Zoo. The zoo features exotic and native wildlife in their natural habitats. Amur tigers, polar bears, grizzly bears, snow leopards, arctic foxes, moose, caribou, musk ox, Siberian tiger and other animals and birds call it their home. This is the most popular spot in Anchorage, not to be missed. Experience everything the Alaska Zoo has to offer!

Address: 4731 O'Malley Rd, Anchorage, AK 99507, United States
Phone: 1 907-346-2133
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 10:00am-4:00pm

Alaska Botanical Garden at 3:00pm!

Next, head off to Alaska Botanical Garden that features that features 150 native plants and more than 900 species of perennials. Familiarize with Alaska’s natural beauty and explore the themed gardens- herb, wildflower and alpine rock. Enjoy and have fun with family in the garden’s beautiful and relaxing environment!

Address: 4601 Campbell Airstrip Rd, Anchorage-99507, Alaska, US
Phone: 1 (907) 770-3692
Website: alaskabg.org/ 
Distance from Alaska Zoo: 7.1miles or 12 minutes drive

Alaska Native Heritage Center at 4:00pm!

Head over to the Alaska Native Heritage Center that demonstrates the Alaska’s varied Native cultures through art exhibits, storytelling, movies and native dwelling replicas.  Walk through six authentic Native village sites and know about the culture and traditions of Alaska’s indigenous people.
 
Address: 8800 Heritage Center Dr, Anchorage, AK 99504, United States
Phone: 1 907-330-8000
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 9:00am-5:00pm
Distance from Alaska Botanical Garden: 5.4miles or 11 minutes drive

Go Shopping at 5:00pm!

Fill you shopping bags with local charm at Northway Mall (3101 Penland Parkway, Anchorage, AK 99508, United States). It has stores, like Just for Kids, Excalibur Sports, Payless Shoe Source, Foot Locker, and many more. The mall has everything you need!

Distance from Alaska Native Heritage Center: 4.8miles or 9minutes drive

Anchorage knows its furs. Head off to the David Green Furs (509 West Fourth Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501, United States) that has a great selection of quality furs. Buy the best fur pieces, like coats, scarfs, gloves, boots, stuffed animals, headbands, earmuffs and blankets from this spot; it will surely impress everyone who sees it!

Distance from Northway Mall: 2.4miles or 8minutes drive

Drinks and Dinner at 7:00pm!

Enjoy a draft beer with delicious fare at F Street Station.  This low-key bar is known for its seafood, and dishes out mouth-watering food, like halibut burgers, halibut salad, halibut & chips, French onion soup, to name just a few. The plates are generous, food is delicious, prices are affordable and service is excellent at this spot!

Address: 325 F Street, Anchorage, AK 99501, United States
Phone: 1 907-272-5196
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 10:00am-2:30am
Distance from David Green Furs: 0.3miles or 3minutes drive

Enjoy the nightlife at 9:00pm!

Start you nightlife with music, drinks and dance at Mad Myrna’s, a popular gay bar. Straights are also welcome! Grab a drink, enjoy the themed nights, cabaret and drag shows, feel the rhythm and let your body groove to the music spun by the DJs!

Address: 530 E 5th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501, United States
Phone: 1 907-276-9762
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 4:00pm-2:30am
Distance from F Street Station: 1.0mile or 5minutes drive

Next, head off to the McGinley’s Pub (645 G Street, Ste 101, Anchorage, AK 99501, United States). Enjoy the Irish stout and live music at this spot!

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