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Bring one pair of comfortable walking shoes as well as a pair of sandals or Tevas. Before you leave home, break in your new shoes so you're not uncomfortable on the road.

Anchorage: The Hub of Alaska


Anchorage is Alaska's largest city, with a population of about 250,000, including 30,000 servicemen stationed at both Elmendorf Air Force Base and Fort Richardson. It's a brand new city. In 1940 it had only 3,500 people and no paved streets. The city was rebuilt in the late '60s after the most severe earthquake in 20th century North America destroyed streets and opened cracks big enough to swallow cars and even buildings. Rebuilding happened quickly as the city's population swelled during the construction of the Alaska Pipeline.

Both motorists and public transportation travelers use Anchorage as their base camp for explorations anywhere in Alaska. While Alaska is by far the largest U.S. state, its road system consists of fewer highway miles (paved or otherwise) than Connecticut, and all of them lead-eventually-to Anchorage. The city is also the headquarters of the Alaska Railroad, and is also the place to rent a car or camper or arrange a bus tour.

Anchorage is encircled by four mountain ranges-the Chugach, Kenai, Talkeetnas, and the awesome Alaska Range-which shelter it from the worst sub-arctic weather; locals refer to the area around Anchorage as Alaska's "banana belt." On a clear day you can see Mt. McKinley.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Museum of History & Art: 121 West 7th Avenue at A Street, open 7 days, free admission, (907) 264-4326, has a fine collection of contemporary art with a special focus on the American, and a large, permanent display on Alaska's unique cultural heritage.
  • Fort Richardson Wildlife Center: Located 9 miles north of Anchorage on Highway 1, near Fort Richardson, free admission. Lots of mounted animal trophies if you're interesting in that sort of thing.
  • Earthquake Park: At the west end of Northern Lights Boulevard, this spot was set aside to show the awesome effect on the land of the 1964 earthquake. It is not as dramatic as it used to be because trees and shrubs cover most of the upheaval. It's still a good place for a picnic, and on a clear day this is one of the best viewing spots (along with The Crow's Nest at Captain Cook Hotel) from which to see Mt. McKinley and Mt. Foraker in the Alaska Range, which is to the north across Knik Arm.
  • AlaskaZoo: Located south of town on Highway 1. Take O'Malley Road east for two miles. Over 40 species of wildlife, including a musk ox, moose, reindeer and bears.

Kid Stuff

For children, Anchorage is a fun and exciting city. There are parks all around the city streets and along the edges. Some great things to see are the museum, the zoo, and Fort Richardson-ask at the gate about having lunch in their cafeteria, always interesting and inexpensive, when it is open to the public. Alaska Experience Theatre will shake the kids up. If there is time, visit the animal display on the ground floor of the Alaska International Airport.


  • Chilkoot Charlie's, your best bet for dancing, music and partying in a convivial atmosphere, is at 2435 Spenard Road, (907) 272-1010.

  • AlaskaExperience Center, 705 West 6th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501, (907) 276-3730, offers wrap-around planetarium viewing of the Alaskan landscape, animals and people at a budget price. The special earthquake room will shake you up. It's fun for everybody, but especially for kids.

  • Alaska Heritage Review, the Larry Beck show at the William A. Egan Civic Center, 555 West Fifth Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501, is an excellent one-man review. It starts at 8:00 pm and the cost is reasonable.

For more entertainment, check the Anchorage Visitors Guide, which is free and available all over town, and the entertainment listings in the Anchorage Times.

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