Anchorage Outdoor Activities
Alaska's sprawling and picturesque natural beauty not only makes it one of the most beautiful and unique places in the world, it also boasts an equally impressive number of people who love spending time outdoors. These "outdoorsy" types are never at a loss for anything to do, as Alaska offers many great places to hike, raft, and enjoy various other outdoor adventures.
The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
was named for the Anchorage mayor and Alaska governor. This trail extends for ten miles from downtown Anchorage to Kincaid Park. The paved thoroughfare is popular with all kinds of outdoorsmen and athletic-types like in-line skaters, bikers, and walkers. The section of the trail that stretches through Westchester Lagoon is tagged as the "fitness trail" and features chin-up bars, steps and other items that encourage cross training among the trail's visitors. Also, the trail is not without its natural beauty, as moose, whales and birds can be seen from several vantage points.
Address: 900 West Second Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501 - MAP
Getting into nature's beauty is one thing, but being a part of its very real adventure is something that you can experience by braving the elements on a Nova Raft and Adventure Tour
. Nova has been leading rafting trips since 1975, and that distinction makes them Alaska's most experienced wilderness guide company. And it really doesn't matter if you prefer to brave the unrelenting white water or choose instead to paddle along, Nova has a trip that's perfect for you. The daytrip packages are usually four or five hours, and some include glacier hikes. Special overnight excursions are also available.
Address: Chickaloon, Glenn Highway, Anchorage, AK - MAP
Phone: (800) 746-5753
The Eagle River Nature Center
knows that nature doesn't take a break, so they don't either. The center is open year-round, so there is always something interesting happening. Take advantage of their schedule of guided nature walks, lectures and special presentations that are designed to educate visitors about Alaska's unique ecology. The main building features several exhibits and hands-on activities that are designed to tell several of nature's stories. You can plan to spend several days outdoors here, as there is great hiking available on the nearby trails and cabin rentals available as well.
Address: 32750 Eagle River Road, Eagle River, AK 99577 - MAP
Phone: (907) 694-2108
Serious birders and outdoor lovers will love meeting up with fellow enthusiasts at the Anchorage Audubon Society
. Such offerings as a "bird hotline" is available with updated information on the latest bird sitings and where they occurred in the Anchorage bowl area. The society also presents lectures and field trips led by experts who are as equally excited about the 230 species of birds spotted in the area over the past few years.
Address: Call For Latest Bird Sitings
Phone: (907) 345-3139
Instead of hearing about all the fun you can have in Anchorage's natural surroundings, why not be a part of it? You can have some fun in the great outdoors thanks to the folks at Birch Trail Adventures
. You can choose from either hourly or overnight excursions and the professionals can teach you to mush in under three hours. If that seems like too much for you, you can opt to take the kennel tours, but after seeing the Huskies, you may want to hit the trail for an adventure you'll never forget!
Address: 22719 Robinson Road, Chugiak, AK 99567 - MAP
Phone: (907) 688-5713
is an impressive 1,400-acre park that boasts over sixty kilometers of outdoor trails that wind through the hills and birch and spruce groves. This park is literally a skier's dream, as most of these trails are lit to accommodate night skiing. The park is also the host of many ski competitions, including the Olympic tryouts. There is also a visitors center that features historic photographs and other interesting items. In the summer, the trails are excellent for hiking and biking, and the small pond nearby is usually stocked with trout or salmon.
Address: 9401 West Raspberry Road, Anchorage, AK 99502 - MAP
Phone: (907) 343-6397