Anchorage is a beautiful city. However, it is also a city that is often ignored due to its location. For some reason, numerous people think of Alaska as the frozen tundra. And yes, it can be cold there. But it can also be sunny and warm. The best part though is it is an excellent destination for reconnecting with your family. The remoteness of this area is perfect for setting your phones on silent and ignoring those work-related emails. Plus, imagine all the fun you can have while exploring all the Anchorage attractions. There are so many attractions in Anchorage that are perfect for families like yours. And I guarantee that your kids will love visiting most of them with you!
The Alaska Railroad is where all the fun began in Anchorage many years ago. People were flocking to the Anchorage area in search of gold. Since the area was so isolated, a railroad was constructed to make it easier for people to get there. Over the years, the railroad was expanded. You can now take a train ride from Anchorage to Fairbanks, Seward, Talkeetna, Whittier, and other destinations. This Anchorage attraction is an excellent option if your family wants to see even more of this gorgeous state!
All the plane lovers in your family will be more than ready to venture over to the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum. This museum can be found on the shoreline of Lake Hood. That happens to be where the Anchorage International Airport is located, and it is the busiest seaplane base. Inside the museum, your family can peruse the vintage aircrafts. But make sure you take the time to visit the Restoration Hanger to see a few aircrafts being restored to their original glory. Your kids might also love entering the retired control tower. There they can listen to live radio feeds, as planes are taking off and landing on the lake.
There are numerous parks in the state of Alaska, but Chugach State Park is one you will find directly in Anchorage. This attraction in Anchorage covers almost five hundred thousand acres of land. Your family will love walking right to the trailheads from the city streets. The Glen Alps Trailhead is a popular starting point for many visitors, but don’t let that be the only trail you take during your family vacation in Anchorage.
If your family loves to be outdoors, a walk or bike ride along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail is a must. This trail hugs the coastline of Anchorage for eleven miles. Your family can easily do any portion of this trail during your family vacation. I recommend you see it all, if possible, because of the history and sights along the way. You must also look out towards the water too, because beluga whale sightings are very common.
The Anchorage Museum is located at the Rasmuson Center. The museum has four floors and each one is filled with items every family member will love. While your kids may prefer the Spark!Lab on the first floor, you may spend your time exploring the Art of the North. Of course, you will all enjoy a little time inside the planetarium, as you learn about space.
Learning about all eleven of the Alaskan indigenous groups is as easy as visiting the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Culture and history come to life inside this building, so there is no way your kids will be bored. Imagine spending part of your day together, learning cultural dances, playing games, and even recreating local art. This is always the attraction in Anchorage that is at the top of my list for family vacations in Alaska!
Spotting wildlife in Anchorage is always simple. However, if you want to see a lot of animals at once, you must take your family to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge. The animals you will see the most include ducks, geese, loons, and moose. During your time at this refuge, you must venture down to Potter Marsh. That is where your family can walk along a wooden walkway through the swamp.
Younger children will love the playground at Moon Valley Park. Older children will love the large fields and walks along the Chester Creek Trail. And you will love the green open spaces that are perfect for picnics and some downtime while the kids play!
These are just a few of the Anchorage attractions you can add to your family’s itinerary during a family vacation in Alaska. I would love to know which of these attractions in Anchorage interest you the most and if you have any others you would add to this list. Let’s chat about this as I am planning your next family vacation!
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