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Things to do around Anchorage, Alaska

12.02.11

The Fancy Moose at the Millenium Hotel.

Anchorage, Alaska is a great place to visit. There’s plenty of things to do and see within this metropolitan city with an obvious mountain town feel, plus a lifetime’s worth of outdoor and fishing options within a short drive.

If you have (or can make) the time before of after you fishing trip with us, here’s a short list of possibilities.

Want to step away from the “big city” of Anchorage?  Just south lies the Kenai Peninsula, a playground for both fishermen and families.

Anchorage

Dining

  • The Fancy Moose bar for a casual atmosphere is right next to Lake Hood in the Millennium Hotel, where dozens of float planes take off daily. The hotel has a great lobby with lots of interesting wall hangings (pictures, artifacts, animals). Close to the Anchorage airport.
  • Gwennie’s for a great breakfast with fun atmosphere. Lots of interesting wall hangings.
  • Humpy’s Great Alaskan Alehouse, downtown restaurant with more casual dining, good food, lively atmosphere.
  • Moose’s Tooth for casual micro-brewery/pizza joint atmosphere. Very good pizza.
  • Simon and Seafort’s for fine dining and view over Cook Inlet.

Misc

  • Anchorage Museum downtown is definitely worth the time.
  • The Alaska Zoo is impressive and worth the time.
  • Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, 11 miles of hiking trails from downtown following coast around Cook Inlet to Kincaid Park.
  • Market Days, on Sat. and Sun. downtown, has local crafts.
  • Plenty of window shopping in downtown around 4th, 5th and 6th streets.
    • The ULU factory, for traditional Native cutting knife and other gifts
    • Oomingmak, Native owned co-op offering Arctic Musk Ox hats and scarves. Pricey gifts, but definitely unique.

Fishing

  • Ship Creek, walking distance from downtown, supports salmon runs and sometimes crowds of combat fishermen. But it’s a sight worth seeing.
  • Campbell Creek meanders through town as well and offers some limited fishing opportunities.
  • See our Fly Fishing Guide and Shop links for more information on local fly fishing shops.

Near Anchorage

Girdwood

Just a short drive south of Anchorage

A small town just south of Anchorage with fewer people and decent tourist options, including the popular Alaska Candle Factory. A very popular ski area in winter.

Portage Glacier

An easy day trip close to Anchorage. Worthwhile. Good visitor center.

Learn more: Kenai Peninsula, Denali National Park, King Salmon

 

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