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How to Spend 2 Days in Anchorage

How to Spend 2 Days in Anchorage

With two days in Anchorage, you have plenty of time to see the city highlights and venture into the surrounding wilderness. Maximize your time by booking guided sightseeing or railway tours to see more of the terrain. Here’s what you need to know to make them most out of your two-day trip to Anchorage. 

Day 1: Explore the Anchorage Local Sights

**Morning:**Get acquainted with Anchorage on a quick city sightseeing or trolley tour. These tours are ideal for first-time visitors and pass by many of the must-see sights such as Earthquake Park and Lake Hood. You can also rent a bike and pedal the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.

**Afternoon:**Stop by the Alaska Public Lands Information Center to view free movies and exhibits on Alaskan wildlife and culture and hop on a free park ranger led tour though downtown Anchorage. Next, visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center and learn about the rich history and culture of Alaska’s indigenous people. 

**Night:**Explore Anchorage’s vibrant craft beer scene with a brewery tour and sample delicious brews from Alaska’s top breweries. Alternatively, head out for an evening wildlife safari or venture outside the city limits to see the northern lights if visiting during fall or winter. 

Day 2: Road Trip Along the Turnagain Arm

**Morning:**Head south from Anchorage to explore one of the most scenic drives in America, the Turnagain Arm of the Seward Highway. Explore on your own or choose a guided tour or hop-on hop-off tour. Stop at Beluga Point to look for the namesake whales and then continue on to the Indian Valley Mine for an introduction to Alaska’s gold rush history. 

**Afternoon:**Home to the Alyeska ski area, the resort town of Girdwood is the perfect spot to stop for lunch. Enjoy a scenic ride to the top of Mt. Alyeska via the Alyeska Aerial Tram for panoramic views of Turnagain Arm and surrounding mountains. 

**Night:**Continue south to Portage Glacier and enjoy a cruise to the foot of the glacier. Before heading back to Anchorage, stop off at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and visit the orphaned and injured bears, moose, and elk for which the center cares. 

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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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Private Tour: Anchorage 3-Hour Tour
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Private Tour: Anchorage 3-Hour Tour

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Experience the top attractions of Anchorage with just your family and friends on this private 3-hour tour. With your group of up to nine people, soak up spectacular views of Anchorage from Earthquake Park and watch pilots expertly landing their floatplanes on Lake Hood. At Beluga Point, watch for whales, eagles and Dall sheep. Check out Potter’s Marsh and a wildlife refuge, and enjoy more panoramas from Flattop Mountain. Pick up inside tips on where to eat and shop in Anchorage. Note: Price is per tour, not per guest. Order "1" adult for all ages and group sizes from 1 to 13 guests.
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  • 3 hours
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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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Bear Feeding at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Bear Feeding at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

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Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center on a self-guided tour from Anchorage via the Turnagain Arm shuttle. This tour is designed for the independent traveler, as there is no guide or tour group; you'll hop on the shuttle in Anchorage and enjoy the drive along one of Alaska's most scenic highways, making stops at Beluga Point, Turnagain Art Gallery, and Portage Glacier Lodge, where you can hop off, if you wish. When you're ready to go back to Anchorage, hop on any return shuttle.
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Tony Knowles Coastal Trail Scenic Bike Tour

Tony Knowles Coastal Trail Scenic Bike Tour

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A stroll along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail is a great Anchorage outdoors activity, but you can cover much more ground on a bicycle. This small-group guided bicycle tour begins at Kincaid Park and shows you the beauty of the Cook Inlet, with views of Denali and, possibly, moose along the way.
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Portage Glacier Cruise and Wildlife Explorer Tour

Portage Glacier Cruise and Wildlife Explorer Tour

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You don't have to travel far from the city to see abundant Alaskan wildlife. On this tour to Turnagain Arm, you'll earn about the local ecosystem while looking out for wild animals in their natural environment. A visit to the animals at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and a cruise to Portage Glacier are also included.
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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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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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Gold Panning Self-Guided Tour

Gold Panning Self-Guided Tour

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Experience of bit of Alaska's gold-panning heritage on this self-guided tour from Anchorage. This tour is designed for the independent traveler, as you'll ride the Turnagain Arm Shuttle on your own from Anchorage to the Indian Valley Mine, listed on the US National Register of Historic Places. Upon arrival, learn how to pan for gold from an on-site guide. Then return to Anchorage when you wish.
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