Things To Do

Alaska Wildlife

Meet Alaska’s wild residents on a tour of the 200-acre Wildlife Conservation Center. Feel the thrill of close encounters with bears and moose as you explore the 1.5-mile scenic loop on foot, or by car. Meet musk ox and be captivated by caribou as you meander around the trail. Don’t forget to join in some of the free animal programs to learn more about these iconic creatures.

Hiking on Glaciers

Anchorage is one of nature’s best outdoor playgrounds and a particular favorite with hikers. Explore otherworldly landscapes at the Matanuska Glacier, where you can actually walk on the ice. Then ascend precipitous peaks for 360˚ views of the Cook Inlet or delve deep into green valleys on meandering river trails. For the ultimate thrill, try a bit of heli-hiking to reach those inaccessible high-alpine passes.

Winner Creek Trail

The easy 3-mile Winner Creek Trail is great for families looking for an adventure. You can hike or bike up gentle elevations, winding through the most northerly rainforest in America. Cross wooden bridges over plummeting waterfalls and amble along mine roads on a thrilling day out in nature. Hardcore explorers can tackle a longer 9-mile route through the high country for spectacular mountain views.

Alyeska Aerial Tram

Take to the skies and glide up mountain slopes in the scenic Alyeska Aerial Tram. You only need a few minutes to ascend to the top of Mount Alyeska – much easier than having to hike up! Stand at 2300 feet and gaze in awe at the icy reaches of the Turnagain Arm, and the seven hanging glaciers snaking into the valleys below. Don’t forget your camera!