Anchorage Journals

Anchorage: Gateway to Alaska

A June 2006 trip to Anchorage by bathtubjake

Anchorage Visitors Center Photo, Anchorage, Alaska More Photos
Quote: We arrived in Anchorage full of expectations and excitement, ready for our two week Alaskan adventure. The city did not fail to surprise or delight!

Anchorage: Gateway to Alaska

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Anchorage Visitor's Center Photo, Anchorage, Alaska
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We spent a little over 24 hours in Anchorage before beginning our tour of Alaska. We found the city to be a manageable size for walking, the locals to be extremely friendly, and the downtown area to be quiet and peaceful. The city seems to be dedicated to making sure the tourists have a good time. Quick Tips: The Anchorage Museum of Art and History and the Alaska Native Heritage Museum have a combination ticket and a free shuttle between them. This occupied most of our afternoon. Best Way To Get Around: We arrived at the airport which was small, compact, and easy to navigate. Most cruise lines and tour companies had representatives in the baggage claim in order to transport their...Read More

Segway Tour

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We made reservations for this tour by email ahead of time. The tour guide is not available in case you just show up, reservations are necessary. Be sure to call and confirm the day before, as our guide was late for our reservation. Although he apologized, he did not offer to reduce the price. Once we all got started, he gave us bicycle helmets to wear, and about 15 minutes worth of training on the sidewalk in front of the shop. Then, we followed in single file on a tour of the city. We used the sidewalks downtown, taking advantage of the wheelchair ramps. Although there were people walking, I never felt that it was too crowded. We also used the bike lanes on the street in some places. We s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 2, 2006

Segway Tour
510 W. 6th Ave
Anchorage, Alaska
(907) 441-1124

Anchorage Museum of History & Art

Attraction | "Anchorage Museum of History and Art"

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We spent our afternoon in Anchorage at two museums, beginning with the Anchorage Museum of History and Art. We purchased a combo ticket with the Alaska Native Heritage Museum which basically permitted free entry into one of the two museums and provided a free shuttle service between them. The history museum is on the outskirts of downtown, but it was an easy walk. The ticket seller recommended about two hours there, but we covered what we wanted to see in an hour. The upstairs gallery has the history museum and features exhibits on each of the native lifestyles in Alaska, the purchase by the US, Alaska's involvement in World War II, and the Anchorage earthquake. There are many artifacts behind glass a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 2, 2006

Anchorage Museum of History & Art
121 West Seventh Ave
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
(907) 343-4326

Alaska Native Heritage Center

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Attraction | "Alaska Native Heritage Museum"

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We purchases a combination ticket with the Museum of Art and History which essentially allowed free entry to one of the museums. It also provided a free shuttle out to the Alaska Native Heritage Museum which was located beyond walking distance outside of town. Everyone we met who worked at the facility was of native heritage and more than happy to share their own experiences, starting with our shuttle driver. The trip between museums runs once an hour and took about 15 minutes. At the musuem, we spent most of our time outdoors. There is a central lagoon, and a walking path around it. Each area around the lagoon features traditional buildings from a different native culture. Many of the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 2, 2006

Alaska Native Heritage Center
8800 Heritage Center Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 99506
(907) 330 8000