Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska. It boosts five-star dining and hospitality while at the same time it is surrounded by wildlife, breathtaking views, and adventure. Here are are a few of our favorite things to do near Anchorage, Alaska. If you like an adventure than this list is for you.
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
Located at mile 79 on the Seward Highway, the 200-acre Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is home to many of Alaska’s most majestic wild animals. AWCC's purpose is to give a sanctuary dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife through conservation, research, education, and quality animal care. Visitors can drive or walk through the park and enjoy seeing the Grizzlies, Bison, Wolves, Lynx, and much more, all in their natural settings. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is an experience the whole family will enjoy and reminisce about for years to come. Learn more about the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
Flattop Mountain Hiking Trail
Another of our favorite things to do near Anchorage is hike the Flattop Mountain Trail, considered the most popular day hike in Alaska. The trailhead is a quick thirty-minute drive from downtown Anchorage found in the Chugach State Park. The park rates the Flattop Mountain Hiking Trail as moderate to strenuous, so make sure you are ready for a moderate hike. When you reach the summit, you will enjoy an expansive view of the entire Anchorage Bowl and Cook Inlet along with Mt. Redoubt and Denali. Well worth the workout. Learn more about the Flattop Mountain Hiking Trail
Matanuska Glacier Guided Tour
Now, of course, our favorite excursion in the Anchorage vicinity is our very own destination, the Matanuska Glacier.
The Matanuska Glacier is only a scenic two-hour drive northeast of Anchorage on the Glenn Highway, making it an easy day trip from Anchorage. It is the largest glacier accessible by car in the United States.
Taking a guided tour is highly recommended, you will learn how the glacier was born and how it shaped the landscape in the Matanuska Susitna Valley. You will explore blue meltwater pools, ice caves, its many ice formations, and deep crevasses. Our guided tours come with safety equipment including a helmet and crampons that attach to your shoes to help prevent slipping on the ice.
Beyond viewing the magnificence of the glacier, favorite summer activities include glacier trekking and self-guided tours. Winter activities include skiing, snowshoeing and snow machining. There is no other excursion that allows such intimacy with the surroundings and a glacier. After completing it, never again will you look at a glacier the same. Book a tour today.