Looking for that perfect get-away? Then then take a trip down to Anchorage, Alaska. Perfectly set within the coastal Chugach Mountains, Anchorage is the epitome of polar ice caps and permanently frozen soil. Despite this geographic make-up it’s much warmer than most people may think which makes it best for sight-seeing or arctic biking. Here are our top three things to do/see while visiting Anchorage, Alaska:
1. The Alaska Native Heritage Centre.
The Heritage Centre, situated on 26 wooded acres, is located just about ten miles from downtown Anchorage. Meet and greet the Native artists who work on traditional crafts such as qayak building, wood carving, and ceremonial dress sewing. While there you can talk with them about their craft and even listen to their stories! It is truly a very educational as well as fun experience and an especially great place to learn about the cultures of native Alaskans. What’s even better is that all proceeds from the gift shop goes to medical treatment for Native Alaskans.
2. The Fresh Water Spring
The Fresh Water Spring which is located just a few miles south of Anchorage offers some of the best water available. And guess what, no fees, it’s completely free! It’s really just a 5-foot pipe extended from a granite cliff that jets sparkling pure water (said known to cause instant brain freezes!) How awesome is that right? Usually, hikers and skiers regularly stop to fill up bottles for their trips not only because the water tastes fantastic but here’s no chlorine, fluoride, or harmful plastic bottles necessary!
3. Beluga Lookout Point
The Beluga Point Lookout is one of the best spots to stop at if you’re travelling the Seward Highway. It is a rocky outpost just south of Anchorage, protruding into the waters of Turnagain Arm. The name is derived from the the white whales that are often spotted from this location as they swim up and down the bay. If you’re lucky you’ll be able to see some surfers and qaykars!