Anchorage is celebrating in 2015. This year marks its 100th birthday and destinations and attractions throughout the city are marking this special occasion by offering fun events, activities and much more throughout the year. Island Trader Vacations invites you to celebrate this year as well as we take on a journey to Anchorage, an amazing destination for travel any year.
The city of Anchorage is located in Southern Alaska and spans 1,196 square miles. The largest city in Alaska in terms of population, Anchorage is home to over 300,000 residents and contains over 40% of all the state’s population. Named an All-American city four times by the National Civic League it has also been named one of the most tax-friendly cities in the U.S. Unique from other major U.S. cities but home to the same great accommodations and amenities you can expect from a city of its size, Anchorage is special.
From glaciers, mountains and wildlife to cultural centers, museums and fine food and more, there are thousands of reasons to visit this stunning northern hub. Come with Island Trader Vacations a take a look with us at 5 of the most popular attractions in and around Anchorage
Portage Glacier and the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center – considered one of the region’s most popular attractions; this natural area and popular visitor center are located 50 miles south of Anchorage at the tip of the Turnagain Arm. Carved out by glaciers, this stunning area is great for hiking, cruising, taking a guided tour or just taking a drive. See mountains, glaciers, learn about history and enjoy what makes Alaska so amazing.
Alaska Native Heritage Center – a popular and renowned cultural and museum, this is the place for all visitors can come and learn more about the history and culture that is unique to this part of the world. Experience cultural experiences and authentic native demonstrations.
Alaska Railroad Depot – a great way to spend a day or longer, the Alaska Railroad Depot is your starting point to a real Alaska adventure. A historic depot, visitors can learn more about the railway in Alaska and take a trip as far as Seward or Fairbanks.
Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum – those who have watched any tv about Alaska or perhaps visited know the importance of aviation to those who live or visit here. Getting around in Alaska’s vast wilderness is almost impossible without airplanes. This museum offers a look at how aviation has helped Alaska grow and impacted its history and culture. Features restored historic aircraft, photo exhibits and multi-media presentations.
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center – newly renovated this popular museum showcases over 600 Native Alaskan artifacts on loan from the Smithsonian and more. Hands on activities and almost 100 exhibits make this a highlight for any visitor young or young at heart.
Whether enjoying a whale watching cruise, visiting these or other top area attractions, catching a salmon or enjoying some great fresh caught seafood or a local craft brew, this year and any other year is a perfect time to get out and enjoy this northern destination. Find out what makes it so special when you travel and make the most of your vacations.