Things to Do in Anchorage
The City of Lights and Flowers
Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city and offers all the comforts of a modern American town. The only difference being that it is located 30 minutes away from the Alaskan wilderness. For the most part, Anchorage is covered by ravenous, uninhabited mountains, and is home to more than half of Alaska’s residents. To know how best you can explore this beautiful but very cold city, take a look at our top things to do in Anchorage, which are definitely worth taking a cheap flight to Anchorage for.
Alaska Native Heritage Center
Learn firsthand about Native Alaska culture at this heritage center, which is spread over 26 informative acres. The centre provides valuable information about Alaskan language, art and culture through a variety of informative exhibits and performances. Don’t miss the Alaghanak song, which was lost for 50 years and was painstakingly reassembled by collecting bits and pieces from tribal elders. You can also set out on a dog cart ride and check out the different structures constructed by local tribes, which feature intelligent use of materials – take for instance the wood paneling, which shrinks during summer to allow air and light, and expands during winter to keep the cold out.
Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum
Located on the south shore of Lake Hood – the world’s busiest floatplane lake, this museum is dedicated to Alaska’s bush pilots and their airplanes. Explore these pilots’ several achievements through historic photographs and displays, which date back to the first flight to Fairbanks in 1913. Step back into the present as you view modern airplanes take off from Lake Hood’s observation deck.