Alaska's largest city is home to an exciting blend of wildlife and culture and as such you're just as likely to see a moose meandering along main street as you are a museum or heritage centre. Anchorage also features a remarkable range of parks and gardens which means, when combined with the surrounding mountains and rugged coastline, you'll discover an exceptional array of scenic trails. Botanical gardens, the state zoo and the beauty of Cook Inlet all make
from Anchorage an extremely enjoyable experience and, from Thai restaurants to micro-breweries, you may be tempted to stay a while longer.
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Tony Knowles Coastal Trail Just over 10 miles long and boasting some splendid views of Anchorage's stunning coastline, the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail is an ever-popular paved path which starts from downtown and leads to Kincaid Park and forest. Summer months tend to favour the walkers, cyclists and skaters however, come the fall of snow and the track becomes perfect for cross-country skiers and actually forms part of Anchorage's annual cross-country winter marathon.
Anchorage Museum Located in the downtown area and featuring over 170,000sq feet of Alaskan art, photography and history exhibits, the Anchorage Museum is an excellent place to ponder as well as to seek creative inspiration. Paintings, dioramas and drawings make up the lion's share of the permanent collection with artists, such as Sydney Laurence, featuring prominently. From the first ever European explorers to ethnic art exhibits from around the globe, this is a truly remarkable cultural hub and well-worth a visit.
Kincaid Park If you've taken on the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail then you'll no doubt have relished the prospect of a well-earned break and what better place to take a rest than Kincaid Park. From wildlife, such as moose, bears and eagles, and no end of spots to picnic and while away a few hours, this is a great location for enjoying a sunny day in Anchorage. Open way into the evening and promising forest trails, beach sun sets and some stunning views of Cook Inlet, Kincaid is one of the most accessible semi-wilderness areas in the whole of Alaska.
Local Fare As you'd expect from the surroundings, Anchorage cuisine tends to focus upon seafood and if your mouth is watering at the prospect of wild salmon, cold water oysters and king crab claws, then prepare yourself for a bit of a treat. This is not just a tasty evening out it's also a chance to meet the locals and no matter where your tastes lie - sushi, Thai or simply served with butter and a squeeze of lemon - the fish and shellfish served in Anchorage are as fresh as you're going to find anywhere in North America.
Anchorage is fairly mild all-year-round however, thanks to its proximity to the coast it can turn sharply colder, especially at the start and the end of the short summer period. Temperatures rarely raise above 20C but long walks and local ale usually ensure you hardly notice. Summer days, between June and August, seem to go on forever and are in stark contrast to the short and cloudy days of winter. As a rule you can expect over 20 hours of sunlight per day in June and July however, as the early onset of darkness in autumn presents more chance of seeing the northern lights you may want to weigh up your options and pack your thermals accordingly.
The perfect place to truly enjoy the grandeur of Anchorage. Look across Cook Inlet, enjoy the mountains, and just imagine what it must've been like when Captain Cook first sailed these waters. Sunsets are spectacular and the views serene, broken occasionally by planes taking off, which makes for some incredible photos. Make sure you pack enough layers as it can get windy!
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