12 Hours in Anchorage
Anchorage might be Alaska’s largest city but it’s also the gateway to some of the world’s most spectacular wilderness trails. Surrounded by mountains and stunning glaciers, this popular cruise ship destination is as far removed from any ‘concrete jungle’ as you could hope for. From the Alaska Native Heritage Centre to a trolley tour of the city, there’s plenty to see and do.
8:00am - Breakfast and boutique galleries
Anchorage is famous for its monster-sized breakfasts and there are plenty of hearty options in the city centre. Step away from the tourist trail and you’ll also find plenty of cool galleries displaying original artworks and artefacts that capture the very essence of the city.
10:00am - The Alaska Heritage Center
The Alaska Native Heritage Center is no ordinary museum. Wander through life-sized recreations of native homes and shelters, listen to fascinating tales from locals, and witness traditional dancing routines. If you’re lucky, you might be invited on stage to showcase your own moves! The centre offers an in-depth look into Alaskan Native life and is well worth a visit. You can even purchase a joint ticket that gives you access to the Anchorage Museum.
12:30pm - Lunch with the locals
While you might still be full from breakfast, there are a number of eateries located close to the Heritage Center that are sure to tempt you. The city’s restaurants and cafés are a great place to people-watch. Put your feet up, recharge and get ready for the next adventure ahead!
1:30pm - The Anchorage Museum
After a quick bite to eat, take a free shuttle bus to the Anchorage Museum and enjoy the superb collection of local and international exhibits. Art, history and culture are all celebrated at this iconic venue. Enjoy a guided tour or peruse at your leisure – the Anchorage Museum offers something for everyone.
3.30pm - Explore Wild Alaska
Get close to nature with a trip to Far North Bicentennial Park. Located less than 30 minutes from the city centre, this parkland caters to all hiking levels and offers splendid scenery. Don’t forget your camera – and keep an eye out for moose, bald eagles and bears!
6:00pm - Take the trolley for a ride
An Anchorage trolley tour is a quick and easy way to explore the city. These red cable cars operate at regular intervals throughout the day and feature historic landmarks such as Earthquake Park, the Alaska Railroad and Westchester Lagoon. Local tour guides offer a unique perspective on what it’s like to live and work in Anchorage, and they’re happy to answer all your questions. You’ll be amazed at what you’ll discover on one of the city’s famous trolley tours.
7.00pm - A dinner to remember
Fresh salmon, burgers, jumbo steaks and more – you’ll be spoiled for casual and fine-dining options in Anchorage. The city also boasts a thriving indoor and outdoor music scene, so keep an eye out for dinner specials that include a side serving of rock or jazz.
Rugged, yet charming, Anchorage represents the very best of Alaska. It’s not hard to see why it’s one of North America’s most popular cruise ship destinations. To find out how you can include Anchorage on your holiday itinerary, call 1300 954 661 and chat to one of our friendly Cruiseabout consultants today.
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