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How to Spend 1 Day in Anchorage

How to Spend 1 Day in Anchorage

Perched on the edge of Alaska’s wilderness, Anchorage is surrounded by mountain peaks, pristine glaciers, and gorgeous coastline. You’ll be surprised at how much you can pack into one day in the city, especially in summer, when the sun stays bright past 11pm. Here’s how to make the most out of one day in Anchorage.  

Morning: City Highlights

For a quick introduction to Anchorage’s rich history and culture, hop on the city’s popular trolley tour, which passes many top landmarks including Earthquake Park, Lake Hood, Westchester Lagoon, and, if you’re lucky, one of Anchorage’s resident moose. Alternatively, take a tour that explores the rich heritage of Alaska’s indigenous people and includes a visit to the Alaska Native Heritage Center. If you want a more active way to see the city, rent a bike and explore the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, which follows the Anchorage coastline along Cook Inlet and provides sweeping views of downtown and the Chugach Range. 

Afternoon: Explore the Turnagain Arm

The Seward Highway, just south of Anchorage, follows the breathtaking shoreline of the Turnagain Arm of the Gulf of Alaska. This 50-mile (80-kilometer) stretch of highway runs from Anchorage to Portage Glacier and is one of the most scenic drives in America. To make the most of your afternoon, take a guided tour from Anchorage, which can include a trip up the aerial tram at Alyeska Resort and a tour of the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, where injured and orphaned elk, eagles, grizzly bears, and other animals are treated. Alternatively, explore the Turnagain Arm at your own pace on the hop-on hop-off Turnagain Arm Shuttle. 

Evening: Outdoor Nightlife

Anchorage has a lively craft beer scene, so start your evening out with a tasting tour of Anchorage’s top breweries. If beer’s not your thing, you could opt for an evening wildlife safari or a sunset viewing tour. If you visit between the months of September and April, head outside the city limits for a chance to view the Northern Lights; a guided tour will give you the best chance of seeing the stripes of dancing color lighting up the night sky.

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Wildlife and Glaciers with a walk in the Rainforest

Wildlife and Glaciers with a walk in the Rainforest

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The Turnagain Arm boasts abundant Alaskan wildlife within easy access of the city of Anchorage. Learn about the local ecosystem from a guide with extensive knowledge about the area as you drive down the peninsula, with opportunities to spot wild animals in their natural environment as you go. A visit to the animals at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and a drive past the glaciers on Portage Glacier Road are also included.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Half-Day Anchorage Craft Brewery Tour and Tastings

Half-Day Anchorage Craft Brewery Tour and Tastings

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Get the inside scoop on Anchorage’s beer culture and brewery history on this half-day tour. An in-the-know guide whisks you around the city to sample six tasty offerings at three venues, including three classic breweries that you are sure to enjoy. Pair the hoppy happiness with light snacks, chat it up with locals and take with you a renewed perspective on Anchorage’s stand-out beer scene.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Anchorage Trolley Tour

Anchorage Trolley Tour

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Take a comfy seat aboard a cable car for this 1-hour Anchorage tour by trolley. As you roll along in the city, delight in sights like moose (safely) crossing the road and seaplanes descending on Lake Hood and Lake Spenard. Gain unique into the local history and culture of Alaska's most populous city from guides with generational ties to the region. Trolleys run regularly and your wallet-friendly outing comes with a complimentary coupon booklet with some $200 in travel savings.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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Turnagain Arm Tour:

Turnagain Arm Tour: "A Must See Destination"

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Travel the Seward Highway without the hassle of renting a car and driving. This small-group tour takes you to most scenic spots along Turnagain Arm, over mountain passes, and past jagged peaks, forests, crystal-clear lakes, and the Pacific Ocean.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Sunset Photo Safari

Sunset Photo Safari

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Avoid the disappointment of returning from your Alaska vacation with sub-par photographs. This photo safari, led by a professional photographer, helps you to improve your photography by providing technical and creative tips and tricks as you explore Anchorage's wild surroundings under the summer sunset.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Portage Glacier Cruise a Self-Guided Tour

Portage Glacier Cruise a Self-Guided Tour

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Portage Glacier is one of Alaska’s most accessible glaciers and is easily visited on a day trip from Anchorage. With this tour, you’ll enjoy the freedom to explore Portage Glacier at your own pace while also enjoying convenient round-trip transportation from Anchorage and a boat cruise to the face of the glacier. Hike the Trail of Blue Ice, explore the valley by bicycle, or relax at the lodge before hopping back on the shuttle to return to Anchorage at a time of your choosing.
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  • 5 to 8 hours
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