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How to Spend 3 Days in Anchorage

How to Spend 3 Days in Anchorage

There’s lots to do and see in the Anchorage area, so the more time you have here, the better. With three days to visit, you’ll want to take advantage of sightseeing tours and flightseeing and railway adventures to cram in as many experiences as possible. Here are a few ideas for making the most of your time in Anchorage.

Day 1: Discover Historic Downtown Anchorage

Spend your first day in town touring downtown Anchorage and learning about Alaska’s rich history and culture. If this is your first time visiting, consider taking the city’s popular 1-hour trolley tour or a half-day city tour to get oriented. Visit Earthquake Park, where you can still see the damage caused by the 1964 Alaska earthquake (one of the most powerful earthquakes in U.S. history), then stop by the Alaska Native Heritage Center or the Anchorage Museum for a crash course in local history. Aviation enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to Lake Hood, the world’s largest and busiest seaplane base, and to the nearby Alaska Aviation Museum. 

In the afternoon, bike or stroll along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail to enjoy spectacular views of downtown Anchorage, the Chugach Mountains, and Cook Inlet. In the evening, you can join a northern lights viewing tour, a sunset wildlife safari, or a tasting tour of local craft breweries. 

Day 2: Road Trip Along the Turnagain Arm

Anchorage is the perfect base camp for exploring the Turnagain Arm of the Gulf of Alaska. Take a drive along the Seward Highway, which hugs the coast of the Turnagain Arm and is filled with scenic viewpoints and top attractions like the Alyeska Resort, Portage Glacier, and the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. You can join a guided tour of the area’s top attractions or opt for a hop-on hop-off tour, which will give you more freedom to explore on your own. 

Alternatively, for an even more memorable experience, see the incredible coastal scenery of the Turnagain Arm aboard the Alaska Railroad. The 4-hour journey from Anchorage to Seward starts early in the morning and arrives before lunch, leaving you time to explore the town before taking the train back in the evening.

Day 3: The Glenn Highway, Matanuska Glacier, and Beyond

On your last day in Anchorage, head north along the Glenn Highway National Scenic Byway, which stretches 135 miles (217 kilometers) from downtown Anchorage into the interior wilds of Alaska. The highway follows the ancient path carved by the Matanuska Glacier and provides some of the best glacier-viewing in the state as well as plenty of recreation opportunities in the Caribou Creek Recreational Mining Area, Sheep Mountain Dall sheep reserve, and on the Matanuska Glacier itself. Tours of the Matanuska Glacier are available for all ability levels and range from simple sightseeing hikes to advanced treks that get visitors up close to crevasses, ice caves, and brilliant blue meltwater pools. 

If you don’t have the time to take a glacier expedition on foot, choose a helicopter or flightseeing tour, some of which include a landing on the ice. For your final evening, check out the Alaska Botanical Garden and Alaska Zoo, both are open late during the summer months.

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Anchorage City Tour w/ Taste of Wild Smoked Salmon & Reindeer Sausage

Anchorage City Tour w/ Taste of Wild Smoked Salmon & Reindeer Sausage

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Let an insider lead the way around Anchorage on this half-day tour of the city, featuring stops at must-see attractions like Ship Creek and Alaska Wild Berry Products. Gain a deeper understanding of local culture as you learn the history and folklore behind key Anchorage attractions on this joint walking and driving tour of the city.
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  • 3 hours
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Tony Knowles Coastal Trail Scenic Bike Tour
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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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  • 3 hours
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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
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Glaciers and Wildlife: Super Scenic Day Tour from Anchorage

Glaciers and Wildlife: Super Scenic Day Tour from Anchorage

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Be awed by supersized glaciers and the hardy wildlife of the tundra on this full-day tour through the rugged Alaskan wilderness. Departing from Anchorage, drive along a scenic byway to the Turnagain Arm of the Cook Inlet, framed by the dramatic Chugach and Kenai mountain ranges. Cruise on the lake that laps against the ancient blue ice of Portage Glacier, stop for lunch at a cozy lodge, and get an up-close look at Alaskan wildlife such as caribou, musk ox, and lynk at a conservation center.
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  • 8 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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  • 4 hours
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Turnagain Arm Tour:
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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
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Portage Glacier Cruise a Self-Guided Tour
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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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Alyeska Tram - A Self-Guided Tour
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Alyeska Tram - A Self-Guided Tour

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Head to the Alyeska Aerial Tram on this self-guided tour from Anchorage. This tour is designed for the independent traveler, as there is no guide or tour group; you'll ride the Turnagain Arm Shuttle from Anchorage to the town of Girdwood, where you'll then hop on the free Glacier Valley Transit to the Alyeska Hotel to catch the tram. Enjoy the scenic ride up to the top of Mt. Alyeska, where you may participate in any activities you wish, such as hiking, before returning to Anchorage at your leisure.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
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