Things to Do & Eat in and around Anchorage Alaska

///Things to Do & Eat in and around Anchorage Alaska

Things to Do & Eat in and around Anchorage Alaska

Anchorage is a great home base for any Alaskan journey!  Here’s what to do in Anchorage Alaska.

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Hi everyone,

Today I’m wrapping up my series on my recent trip to Alaska by taking you to Anchorage.  I used Anchorage as a home base for my trip since the Hubs has an Aunt and Uncle who live there who graciously hosted us and showed us around.  Since the time we spent in Anchorage was broken up into smaller parts, I’m sharing the highlights in more of a list format.  I’m also including a couple must-see activities that we did that are just a short, beautiful ride from Anchorage.

If you are just joining me make sure to also read about my time in Homer and Valdez.

Catch up here…

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What to do in Anchorage Alaska

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

On our first full day in Alaska we drove from Anchorage to Portage along the Seward Highway, which itself is a pretty remarkable drive.

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One of the highlights along the way was stopping at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.  While this isn’t technically in Anchorage, it is close enough to easily enjoy in an afternoon.  It was another one of my favorite things on the entire trip!  This is a can’t miss on your list of what to do in Anchorage Alaska.

This zoo allowed you to get up close and personal to real, spectacular animals that you don’t see anywhere else.  We wanted to get really close so we decided to walk around, but you can also drive.

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They have all sorts of beautiful animals including bison!

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They are fenced in, but you can get close enough to really understand the animals.  It feels a lot more wild than your average zoo.

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Such a pretty place too.

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We even got to watch some bears.

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Even though we did end up seeing moose and bald eagles in the wild later on in the trip, this was an unforgettable day.

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Indian Valley Gold Mine

I’m a sucker for cheesy tourist stuff and wanted to try my hand at gold panning in the state known for striking it rich!  Luckily there is a charming gold mine just a short ride from Anchorage, also on the Seward Highway.  The Hubs, my BIL Justin and I stopped here on our last morning in Alaska.

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The attraction is absolutely aimed at tourists, but was still pretty entertaining.

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The owner took us on a tour of the property which has been in his family for generations.

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We even got to see the old mine shaft.

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After our tour we tried our hand at actual gold panning.

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Despite getting a lesson from the owner, I still couldn’t quite figure it out…. but it was still fun.

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Between the three of us we found some gold dust and had a blast talking with the owner who was a character.

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If you want to check gold mining off your Alaskan bucket list, this is a fun place to do it!

 

Shopping in Downtown Anchorage

On our last full day in Alaska the boys went back out fishing in Seward and I explored downtown Anchorage with my mother-in-law and the Hubs Aunt and Uncle. For those of you who are keeping track, they did come home with lots more fish and now we have a freezer full of halibut and salmon.

The city is cute, clean and full of one-of-a-kind items.

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There weren’t a whole lot of chains and you really got a sense of the Alaskan spirit.

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I was blown away by all the gorgeous flowers planted all around town.  I never would have imagined Alaska to be this colorful!

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Of course the tourist shops had some fun stuff I just couldn’t resist!

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And I still regret not buying this sasquatch shirt.  If it would have come in women’s sizes, I would now own it.  Because of course… I believe. 🙂

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Exploring downtown Anchorage was actually a really nice way to spend a few hours if you are in town!

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Things to Eat in Anchorage Alaska

I also had some great eats while I was in Anchorage!  One of the most memorable was the historical Gwennie’s Old Alaska Restaurant.

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It’s been around for decades and is an Alaskan institution.  While the food wasn’t my favorite, it was still a great experience.

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Another great meal I had out in Alaska was Spenard’s Roadhouse.  This is the Grilled Salmon Chop Chop Salad and it was so tasty.

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After coming back from gold mining, Justin the Hubs and I had a great meal and drinks at Glacier Brewing in downtown Anchorage.

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They loved their beer flights!

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We also enjoyed one last order of king crab legs because it was our last few hours before flying back.  I’m still dreaming about these things.

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And finally… leave it to me to find something Hawaiian in Alaska and love it. 🙂  While shopping in downtown Anchorage I stumbled on the Alaska Shave Ice cart.  They had great flavors and even offered the Hawaiian touch by putting a scoop of ice cream at the bottom.

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I got a trio of tropical flavors including passion fruit and mango and was in sheer bliss!  I was also freezing by the time I finished it- haha!

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Anchorage was such a fun small city to visit.  I was impressed by their tasty food, charming shops and green flowery mid-city parks.  I enjoyed exploring in and around the area!  Make sure to add these finds to your list of what to do in Anchorage Alaska.

 

Farewell Alaska

This finishes up my posts on my trip to Alaska.  I’ve got to take a moment to thank the Hubs Aunt Judy and Uncle Bernie for going out of their way to host us and show us around Alaska for the week.  They were so incredibly kind to us, made us dozens of amazing home cooked meals and even introduced us to their friends.  I can’t thank them enough.   I also have the thank my in-laws for taking me along on this amazing adventure.  So many blessings.

 

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Your turn!

Which animals would you like to see?

Which would be your favorite meal?

 

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  1. […] experiences.  I want to read about people’s travel experiences.  Julie had some amazing recaps from  Alaska and Switzerland this year, as did Robyn from her quick trip to Switzerland.    […]

  2. Andrea on Vacation October 3, 2017 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    Oh the food in Alaska is so great! I love king crab legs and salmon- so wild and fresh! And the beer is good too!
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  3. Nicole @ Fitful Focus September 28, 2017 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    This looks like such a fun trip! I was in Alaska when I was 10, but definitely need to go back as an adult.

  4. Emily Swanson September 28, 2017 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    I love meeting people like that owner of the gold panning place! It looks like you had so much fun with him. And the look of that salmon salad; especially knowing that Alaska produces some delicious salmon, is just calling to me!

    Your close up pictures of the animals are sooo pretty; I’ve been to Anchorage twice, but I’ve never done these things; I need to go back and use your guides!

  5. Kristy from Southern In Law September 27, 2017 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    One of our friends was stationed in Alaska for quite some time and he’s told us so many stories so we really want to visit. Your post has only made me want to visit even more though! How cool!
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  6. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner September 27, 2017 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    Alaska is high on our list! You had the best summer of travel
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  7. Marina @ Happy Healing September 27, 2017 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    Wow – I so need to visit Alaska soon! Your posts are making me very jealous 🙂 The food looks pretty amazing too!

  8. Annmarie September 27, 2017 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    SUPER jealous you went to Alaska! It is on my bucket list!!! I am definitely going to come back and reference this once I make it there 🙂

  9. [email protected] September 27, 2017 at 8:38 am - Reply

    I’ve really enjoyed following along on your Alaska trip! I hope to visit there one day and you have given some great tips on things to do.
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  10. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups September 27, 2017 at 8:13 am - Reply

    That Sasquatch shirt is pretty amazing! What a cool trip.

  11. Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real September 27, 2017 at 7:33 am - Reply

    How cool that the gold mining place has been in the owner’s family for years. I love places like that! These posts are really making me want to plan a trip to Alaska now lol. So glad to see all of these pictures and it really seems like you had an awesome trip!

  12. [email protected] September 27, 2017 at 7:18 am - Reply

    I never thought of Alaska some place I’d like to visit mainly because i think it would always be cold there no matter what tine of year you visit. But it sure sounds kike there is plenty to do there. And those crab legs look delicious.

  13. Blane Sherer September 27, 2017 at 6:06 am - Reply

    Glad you had such a wonderful family vacation.
    Love the pictures ( smile )

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