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The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail Is A One Of The Most Beautiful Coastal Trails In The Nation; The Trail Gently Winds Along The Coast Eleven Miles From Downtown To The Chalet At Kincaid Park And Is By Far Anchorage’s Most Popular Trail. Leave The Bustling City Behind, And Explore A Local Treasure That Tells A Long Tale Of Natural And Human History. Skirt The Fault Line Of The ’64 Quake, Stroll Through Scented Forests, Look For Moose, And Take In Sweeping Vistas Where You Can Spot Beluga Whales And North America’s Highest Peak, Denali, All In A Single View. Connected To This Trail Are Many Other Trails That Meander Through Parklands And Neighborhoods; There Are Over 150 Miles Of Paved And Unpaved Bike Trails In The Anchorage Area, Connecting The Activities In Bootleggers Cove To Countless Other Attractions.

In Anchorage Biking Is A Way Of Life. Whether You’re Sightseeing On A Cruiser, Buzzing A Forested Single-Track On A Mountain Bike, Rolling Through A Greenway On A Road Bike Or Touring With A Tandem, You’ll Be Joining The Thousands Of Locals Who Ride. Bicycling Magazine Has Called Anchorage A “Bike Utopia” And One Of “America’s Best Bike Cities”.

Vendors Rent Bikes Of All Types. Mountain Bikers Can Get Their Dirt Fix At Kincaid Park With 39 Miles Of Looping Roller-Coaster Trails, Or On The Inclines And Single-Track Of The Hillside Trail System. Downhill Bombers Can Ride A Lift At Alyeska Resort And Descend More Than 2,000 Feet To The Valley Floor.

If You Have A Competitive Itch, There’s Racing For Road, Mountain, Cyclocross And Winter Bikes, Including The Tour Of Anchorage And Some Of The Most Extreme Winter Racing Anywhere.


Chugach State Park Is In South Central Alaska Mostly Within The Anchorage Municipality. The Park Contains 495,000 Acres Of Land And Is One Of The Four Largest State Parks In The US. South Central Alaska Is An Area Of Diverse Land And Rugged Topography, Bounded On The North And West By The Alaska Range, And On The East By The Chugach And Wrangell Mountains And Prince William Sound. The Region Contains Extensive Ocean Shoreline, Abundant Lakes, Massive Glaciers And Ice Fields. The Park’s Westernmost Boundary Lies In The Western Foothills Of The Chugach Mountain Range And Is Only Seven Miles East Of Downtown Anchorage. The Park Has Knik Arm To The North, Turnagain Arm On The South, And Upper And Lower Lake George And Chugach National Forest On The East. Near The Park Are The Communities Of Palmer, Eagle River, Chugiak, Indian, Bird, Girdwood, Eklutna Village & Elmendorf-Richardson Base.


Chugach [Pronounced CHEW-Gatch] Is The Tribal Name For The Indigenous People Who Once Inhabited The Upper Cook Inlet Region.

Get Up Close To A Towering Glacier And Listen To The Thunderous Roar As A Brilliant Blue Shard Of Ice Crashes Into The Waters Below. The Show Isn’t Over When The Boat Turns For Home. Whales, Porpoise, Otters And Other Animals All Spend The Summer In These Waters Too.



If You Are New In Anchorage, You’ll Quickly Notice The Increased Cost Of Food Due To Alaska’s Remoteness. Local Food In Alaska Is A Big Deal, Since Anchorage Is Over 2,000 Land Miles Away From Seattle. Those Miles Of Travel Can Be Hard On Perishable Items. Most Alaskans Support Shopping Locally, And Eating At Restaurants That Serve Locally Sourced Produce, Meats, And Seafood. Here’s A Sample Of Downtown Or Near-Downtown Restaurants That Serve Locally Grown And Caught Food On Their Menus.


Bear Tooth Is One Of Those Restaurants That Has It All. Watch A Cheap Movie On The Big Screen While Drinking Local Brew And Eating Alaska Grown At One Of Anchorage’s Favorite Restaurants. When Available, Bear Tooth Uses Alaska Grown Produce And Seafood. Their Menus Include A Symbol For Alaska Grown Ingredients.


This Seasonal Eatery With One Of The Prettiest Views In Anchorage Also Is A Class Act In Supporting Local Foods. They’re Only Open In Summer And Are Located By Ship Creek Near The Train Station. They Feature Stunning AK Seafood And Local Veggies Like Lettuces, Beets, Potatoes And Other Fresh Veggies.


This Charming And Artsy Restaurant Has Several Fresh Oyster Options Daily That Are Sourced Exclusively From Alaskan Waters. Served With A Flute Of Champagne, There Is No More Delicious Treat During A Night Out In Anchorage.


Crush Wine Bistro Has An Exceptional Wine List In Anchorage, Including Flights Of Wine And Wine Pairings. Their Weekly Special List Often Features In-Season Alaska Produce And Fish Or Meat Paired With An Ideal Wine. These Are Smaller Tapas Style Plates So Order A Few And Enjoy!


This Quality Of A Bakery Rivals Top Bakeries In New York And San Francisco And Is A Perfect Morning Stop On Your Way Out To A Great Alaska Adventure. They Serve Fresh Baked Breads, Scones, Croissants And An Assortment Of Prepared Sandwiches And Soups. Some Of Their Breads Are Made From Alaska Flour Company‘s Barley Flour And They Use Alaskan Produce In The Summer For Their Sandwiches.


The Little House With A View Downtown On 3rd Has Been A Dining Destination To Celebrate Special Events, Birthdays And Anniversaries For Decades. They Have Remained Relevant With Their Extensive And Deep Wine List, Handmade Pasta And Innovative Sauces And Locally Harvested Fish, Produce And Meats. The Chefs Make Their Own Ice Cream And Desserts At This White Tablecloth Restaurant, That Has Won Many Awards And Has Been Featured Extensively In Print Articles And On TV.


This Chocolate Lounge Is For The Serious Chocolate Lover. The Handmade Truffles And Bars At This Chocolate Haven Are Exquisite, And Their Drinking Chocolate And Espresso Bar Is Euphoric. Many Of Their Truffles Feature Interesting And Unique Alaska Flavors Like Local Salmon, Beer, And Honey.


The Chefs At Organic Oasis Redefined The Lamb Burger, And Are Committed Supporters Of Alaskan Grown Organic Produce. They Serve One Of The Freshest Salads You’ll Eat In Alaska. They Often Have Live Music And They Also Have A Small Store For Hard-To-Find Specialty Foods.


The Beloved Downtown Restaurant And Coffeehouse, Serves Breakfast And Lunch And Always Has A Line Out The Door! The Chefs Use Alaskan Grown Produce Where Possible During The Summer.


Alaska’s Largest Museum, The Anchorage Museum Tells The Real Story Of The North. Alaska’s Twisting, Many-Faceted Story- A Story That Weaves Together Social, Poltical, Cultural, Scientific, Historic And Artistic Threads S Told Here. Explore The Full Diversity Of Alaska Native Cultures, Including Masterworks Of Alaska Native Art And Design From The Collections Of The Smithsonian Institution. A Hands-On Science Discovery Center Features Marine Life Tanks, A Planetarium And More. Summer Hours: 9 A.M. To 6: P.M. Daily, May 1 Through Sept. 30. Winter Hours 10 A.M. To 6 P.M. Tuesday-Saturday, Noon To 6 P.M. Sundays, And Closed Mondays Oct. 1 Through April 30. The Anchorage Museum Store Named Among The World’s 10 Best By Conde Nast Traveler. The Museum Has A Full-Service Restaurant And Coffee Bar.


Situated On The Cook Inlet, Anchorage Is A Surprisingly Flourishing And Cosmopolitan City With A Wide Variety Of Attractions. It Is Home To A Large Number Of Museums And Art Galleries, Offering The Possibility To Explore Alaska’s Indigenous History And Culture. Take A Tour To Explore The City’s Historic Past, As Well As To See Where The City Is Headed. Downtown First Friday Art Walks Are A Great Way To Meet Neighbors, Dine On Local Fare, And See What Is Happening In Anchorage’s Exciting Arts Communities.


Located In Chugach State Park In A Glacier Carved Valley In The Heart Of Girdwood, Alaska, Alyeska Resort Has Built Its Reputation On Steep Terrain And Deep Snowpack. Alyeska Receives 650 Inches Of Snow At The Summit Annually And Offers 1,610 Acres Of Accessible Terrain And 76 Named Trails Serviced By Nine Lifts Including Two Magic Carpets. From Its Headwall To Base, It Boasts A 3,200 Feet Vertical Rise, And Trail Difficulty Ratings Of 11% Beginner, 52% Intermediate, And 37% Advanced To Expert. The Aerial Tramway Showcases The Panoramic Views Of The Chugach State Park Mountains, Hanging Glaciers, Sparkling Streams, Spruce And Wildlife.
Alyeska Is A Four Season Resort That Features 4 Star Accommodations, A Salt Water Pool And Renown Spa, And Award-Winning Dining Choices.


Today Alaska Natives Represent Approximately 16 Percent Of Alaska’s Residents, And Are A Significant Segment Of The Population In Over 200 Rural Villages And Communities. Many Alaska Natives Have Retained Their Customs, Language, Hunting And Fishing Practices And Ways Of Living Since “The Creation Times.”
Alaska’s Native People Are Divided Into Eleven Distinct Cultures, Speaking Twenty Different Languages. In Order To The Tell The Stories Of This Diverse Population, The Alaska Native Heritage Center Is Organized Based On Five Cultural Groupings, Which Draw Upon Cultural Similarities Or Geographic Proximity:
Yup’ik & Cup’ik
Inupiaq & St. Lawrence Island Yupik
Aleut & Alutiiq
Eyak, Tlingit, Haida & Tsimshian


The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center Is A Nonprofit Organization Dedicated To Preserving Alaska’s Wildlife Through Conservation, Education And Quality Animal Care. AWCC Takes In Injured And Orphaned Animals And Provides Them Refuge And Spacious Enclosures. Animals That Cannot Be Released Into The Wild Are Given A Permanent Home At The Center. The Center Plays Host To Numerous Educational And Daily Guest Programs, Including The Walk On The Wild Side Tour, Where You Can Get A Closer Look At The Alaska Wildlife That Makes Its Home Here. Choose Between Driving The 1.5 Mile Loop, Or Spend Your Time Walking Through The 200 Acres That Make Up The AWCC Campus. Involved In International Conservation Projects, Including The Wood Bison Restoration Project, Where The Center Is Caring For The Once Thought Extinct Wood Bison. Additionally, The Center Plays Host To Orphaned Black And Brown Bears, Moose, Elk, Lynx, Caribou, Musk Ox And More.


Paddle Serene Eklutna Lake Or The Protected Waters Near Whittier And Seward. Strike Out On Your Own, Or Take A Guided Trip To Popular Kayaking Spots. You’ll Get Special Access To Secluded Glaciers, A Close Look At Wildlife And A Deeper Understanding Of Alaska From Shoreline To Sea.
Travel By Kayak Has A Long History In The Area. Alaska Native People Used Sea Kayaks To Travel The Coast. In A Story Related By One Elder, The Chugach Mountains Near Anchorage Actually Got Their Name As A Group Of Paddlers First Sighted The Mountains From Their Kayaks In Cook Inlet.
Get A Little Hint Of Alaska As It Was When Sleek Watercraft And Paddle Power Were The Primary Way To Explore The Stunning Coast Of Alaska. Choose From Relaxing And Scenic Floats, Longer And Wilder Rides, Or Multi-Day Wilderness Adventures.


Strong, Unbridled, And Nomadic, Bears Are Perhaps The Ultimate Symbol Of The Alaskan Wild. And Seeing A Bear, If Even For A Fleeting Moment, Is A Rare And Magical Experience. You May See Bears In Denali National Park Or Elsewhere. But Going Bear Viewing At Brooks River Falls, Wolverine Creek Or Katmai National Park Is An Entirely Different Experience.
Skilled Hunters And Wild Roamers, These Creatures Command Our Admiration, Even As Their Sheer Size And Strength Also Evoke And Stir Our Primal Fear. More Than 50,000 Black Bears And 35,000 Brown Bears Range The State’s Untamed Wilderness, Lumbering Through Berry-Covered Hillsides And Slapping At Salmon-Choked Rivers. Unlike Moose, You Probably Won’t Casually Encounter Bears On The Road – You Really Have To Go Searching. One Option Is To Visit Denali National Park, Where Your Chances Of Seeing Them, At Least From A Distance, Improve. To See Throngs Of Bears Up Close – Belly – Flopping Into Rivers, Jaw-Sparring For The Best Fishing Grounds, Or Just Napping In The Sun – Air – Taxi Operators Can Fly You To Places With Excellent Viewing Odds.


Anchorage Is A City With A Variety Of Yoga Instruction And A Booming, Athletic, Adventurous And Interconnected Yoga Community. In A Few Short Years, Anchorage Went From Being A City With Just One Or Two Yoga Studios, To A City With Many Opportunities To Practice Yoga Indoors And Out. These Days, Local Yogis Have The Opportunity To Take International Yoga Retreats Together. Yoga In The Park Happens During The Summer, And Anchorage Has Become Renown On The West Coast As A Center For Excellent Yoga Instruction.


Kite Flying Club Members Fly Everything From Single-Line, Show Kites, Dual & Quad-Line Kites. Whatever Will Fly! They Are Open To Kite Flyers Of All Ages. The Park Strip Near Bootlegger’s Cove Is A Popular Place To Fly Kites Of All Sizes During Summer And Even In The Shoulder Season.


Come Out With Alaska Kite Adventures To Learn How To Snowkite!! Ages 10 And Up. If You Are A Skier Or Snowboarder You Have Won Half The Battle! We Teach You To Fly Our Ozone Snowkites On Foot First Then We Will Progress To Adding Skis Or Snowboard. Our Snowkite1 Lesson Is A Good Beginner Package @ 450.00 For 6 Hrs Of Instruction. We Break The Lesson Into 2 Or 3 Day Blocks, So Students Get To Experience Different Locations And Different Wind, Surface And Weather Conditions. We Chase Wind! Lesson Locations Are Different Every Day. We Teach In Anchorage And The MatSu Valley Between Talkeetna And Homer.


The Anchorage Running Club Is A 501(C)(3) Non Profit Organization Whose Mission Is To Promote Healthy Lifestyles Through Running And Walking. The Club Has Over Five Hundred Members Who Share A Common Interest In Running And/Or Walking And Who Represent The Entire Spectrum Of Performance, Including Elite Runners, Mid-Packers, Back-Of-The-Packers, And Recreational Walkers. Members Include Marathoners, Triathletes, Race Walkers, High School Cross Country Team Members, The Young, The Not-So-Young, Male And Female Alike.
Anchorage Runners Have A Vast Assortment Of Options For Racing, From Informal 3mile Pub Runs To Marathons That Are Boston Marathon Qualifying Races, And Everything In Between!

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