Anchorage Attractions

Alaska's largest city is marked by a beauty that is unmatched by any other in the U.S. Its visually captivating scenery is largely due to the fact that it is situated in the middle of six mountain ranges. Also, the proximity of more than 60 palatial glaciers that are within 50 miles of town only add an even more dynamic dimension to the icy scenario. With such a compelling backdrop, you won't have to look far to find some of Anchorage's most popular attractions.

Alaska Native Heritage Center
The Alaska Native Heritage Center attracts both visitors and locals who are drawn to the incredible selection of native crafts, artwork, and other unique items that are for sale. Beyond shopping, there are several demonstrations, art classes, informal lectures and workshops where you can learn about the 11 Native Alaskan groups and their cultures and traditions. There is also a museum section that features indoor exhibits and outdoor village attractions.

Address: 8800 Heritage Center Drive, Anchorage, AK 99506 - MAP
Phone: (907) 330-8000
Web: www.alaskanative.net

Alaska Heritage Museum
Nearly everything Alaskan is gathered at the impressive Alaska Heritage Museum at Wells Fargo. This wide-ranging collection was first established by the National Bank of Alaska in 1968 to properly document the history and culture of the region's indigenous people. Over the years, the facility's collection has grown and now features artifacts, modern works by area artists, and a 2,600-volume library that offers information on a variety of Alaskan subjects. So if you have a question about anything Alaskan, this attraction is the place to find the answer.

Address: 301 West Northern Lights Boulevard, Anchorage, AK 99503 - MAP
Phone: (907) 265-2834
Web: www.wellsfargohistory.com

Alaska Railroad Depot
The Alaska Railroad Corporation is a great starting point for your journey. Alaska Railroad is the most scenic way to enjoy the 500 miles that stretch from Seward to Fairbanks up north. Buy your tickets for pre-planned tours or maybe customize your trip through your travel agent. Either way, before you get on board, check out the historic photos and other attractions and artifacts that are on display in the Depot. And don't forget to get a look outside at an authentic totem pole and a locomotive built in 1907.

Address: 411 West 1st Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501 - MAP
Phone: (907) 265-2494
Web: www.alaskarailroad.com

Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum
Since Alaska features such an expansive and rustic landscape, it's no wonder that its development and growth owes much to the field of aviation. The Alaska Aviation Museum documents the role that aviation has played in the state's history and growth from 1897 up to the present day. You'll see exhibits and attractions that tell the story of Alaska's WWII fliers, early bush pilots, as well as efforts to preserve vintage aircraft. The museum is located at the largest seaplane facility in the world, and all that space affords the presentation of scale models, restored planes and even a theater that presents films on the various aircraft.

Address: 4721 Aircraft Drive, Anchorage, AK 99502 - MAP
Phone: (907) 248-5325
Web: www.alaskaairmuseum.org

Alaska Zoo
When you visit Alaska, the wildlife will seem like it's everywhere! To familiarize yourself with your new surroundings, a visit to the Alaska Zoo might be in order. You'll marvel at the incredible diversity of creatures as well as how accurately they represent the animals you might encounter as you spend time in the state. The large viewing area features such popular zoo inhabitants as caribou, moose and Dall sheep grazing along together. Also, one of the zoo's most dramatic attractions is the 25-acre bear habitat where you'll see black bears, glacier bears, and brown bears, also known as grizzlies. Some of the zoo's other more notable inhabitants include a few camels, a Siberian tiger and an elephant that has the distinction of being the only one in the entire state!

Address: 4731 O'Malley Road, Anchorage, AK 99507 - MAP
Phone: (907) 346-2133
Web: www.alaskazoo.org

Anchorage Museum
The Anchorage Museum gathers together some of Alaska's most dramatic traditions and transforms them into exhibits and attractions that allow them to come alive in various multi-dimensional presentations. One of the museum's galleries features 600 Alaska Native artifacts that are on loan from the Smithsonian Institution. Some of these items include ceremonial masks, battle armor and waterproof clothing made from the intestines of a seal. The museum features 80 exhibits that include an aurora machine, a marine animal touch tank and the very popular earthquake shake table. New additions include a planetarium and an Alaska Native contemporary art gallery.

Address: 625 C Street, Anchorage, AK 99501 - MAP
Phone: (907) 929-9200
Web: www.anchoragemuseum.org

Eklutna Historical Park
Discover the Alaska's connection to Russia when you take a tour of the Eklutna Historical Park. This attraction has been open since 1990 and the staff and personnel work hard to preserve the cultural traditions of the south-central Alaskan native peoples. When you visit the village, the first stop is the Heritage House that features native art, old photographs and various historical presentations. You'll also see greater Anchorage's oldest building, the Russian Orthodox St. Nicholas Church, that is located within the park.

Address: Glenn Hwy, Mile 26, Eklutna, AK 99577 - MAP
Phone: (907) 646-2304
Web: www.eklutnahistoricalpark.org

Imaginarium Discovery Center
Located inside the Anchorage Museum, the Imaginarium Discovery Center is a multi-generational, hands-on science center that puts various scientific concepts into a very Alaskan context. There are more than 80 exhibits and attractions to take in, and the kids are encouraged to interact with the featured displays (and each other). Some of the more popular stops are the earthquake shake table, a marine animal touch tank and a display of some compelling native masks.

Address: 625 C Street, Anchorage, AK 99501 - MAP
Phone: (907) 929-9200
Web: www.anchoragemuseum.org