What? : Alaska’s
largest city, located in the south-central part of the state on the Cook Inlet.
Anchorage will probably be your air terminal arrival point.
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My thoughts: Anchorage is
the biggest city in Alaska, but it looks and feel like a mid-size town in any
other US state.
Small town atmosphere
with open streets at “downtown”, hotels, museums, many local parks to visit, a
mall and overall relax experience.
I do not think
this is a must visit city at your Alaska visit but for us it was one day relaxation
with few interesting things to see before flying back home.
As any other
visitor we started our trip at Anchorage international airport but from there
we went straight to the RV company, took our RV, went to Fred-Meyer to buy food and
headed our way north out of the city.
Our Anchorage visit
was on our last day before flying home.
We planed for
one night at Anchorage, starting late afternoon after returning our RV, full
day at town and late midnight flight back home.
We booked hotel
downtown so we can go by foot and explore it.
For people that
are coming to stay in Anchorage and use it as their base camp:
There are train
to Seward and Denali.
activities and you can also rent a car for a day trip.
For us, coming
from 10 days of the RV trip we prefer to stay in town and explore what it has
When we visit Anchorage,
it was the longest day of the year, very few hours of darkness.
We walk in the
downtown and visit the different street shops and the large mall. We took it
easy and enjoy the time together.
Museum is located downtown, with exhibitions of art, culture, industry, and a
special youth activity center making it enjoyable for learners of all ages.
We visit this
Museum and spend here few good hours.
Anchorage’s king salmon fishing
Ship Creek is the annual Downtown Soup Kitchen’s Slam’n Salm’n Festival.
competition to catch the biggest king salmon in the heart of the city happens during
the month of June.
this by “mistake” seeing all the people with roads heading the creek bank.
traveling without gear and want to fish, several local businesses rent fishing
poles and boots and sell fishing licenses.
If you come
only for watching, find a spot on the bridge spanning the creek or at the
trails along the banks and watch the fishermen’s fight with the large salmons.
Ship Creek is literally
located at the city downtown, walk to the north side, cross the main railroad tracks
near the train station and you are at the fishing location.
There are few
pedestrian bridges crossing the creek as also longer trail that is going along
the creek for longer hike.
You can also
find there the Bridge Seafood Restaurant.
Coastal Trail - Elderberry Park:
Here, at the
west side of downtown, is the place to rent bikes and go to a ride along the
ocean bay. There are practically endless trails covering all sections of Anchorage.