Where do people run in Anchorage

Anchorage, AK

The most crowded place in Alaska that isn't even that crowded.

Anchorage is Alaska's most populous city with a population of 298,192. Since Alaska is a very sparsely populated state, Anchorage is home to 40% of the total population. Only New York has a higher population percentage.

The city is located in the south-central part of the state. Due to its location almost exactly between the major cities of New York City, Frankfurt and Tokyo, Anchorage is within 9.5 hours of flight time from 90% of the industrialized world. Because of this, Anchorage International Airport is a common refueling stop for many international flights.

Despite being the most populated city in the state, Anchorage has a great variety in the wildlife here. There are roughly black bears and grizzly bears here. Moose are also often seen. In summer there are around moose in the area while in winter up to 1000 moose drive here. Mountain goats and dall sheep are abundant along the Seward Highway between Anchorage and Girdwood. If you drive towards Kenai you can often see beluga whales swimming along the coast. A rare sighting, however, are wolves, which are said to have a population of 30 animals here. In the vicinity of the wooden area you can occasionally spot foxes and lynxes. Beavers are often seen in the local rivers and streams. There are several currents within the community in which many salmon live.

Anchorgae has a subarctic climate with strong maritime influences, which lead to a relatively moderate climate. Most of the rain falls in late summer. In midsummer, the average temperatures are between 13 and 26 ° C, while temperatures in winter are between -15 ° C and 1 ° C. The frost-free season is about 101 days long. The average rainfall per year is 422mm.

I would spend a maximum of one day from my Alaska stay in Anchorage. Here is what I did in one day:


Downtown Anchorage.

Downtown is a very relaxed place to just walk around a little and maybe get in touch with a few eateries. There are many small shops, snack bars, restaurants and souvenir shops as well as a mall. You can also find the offices for many tours here.

My favorite gift shop is this Polar Bear Gifts (442W 5th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501). It's full of stuff from Anchorage and all of the rest of Alaska. It is for sure the biggest and cheapest souvenir shop I have ever been to.

One thing that you should really try out here is Wild Scoops (429E St, Anchorage, AK 99501). Each flavor has its own story here. Whether it's a fairy tale about Glacier Valley Farm's Carrots, Bridge Creek Syrup, or Summit Spice Tea Mixture. They only use local ingredients. She knows every farmer who supplies her and the baker who makes her biscuits. You do everything yourself to avoid artificial flavors.


Viewpoints.

There are many viewpoints along the water here, so you have practically everything in one. The water, the mountains and the city.

One of them is Point Woronzof Overlook (9700 Point Woronzof Rd, Anchorage, AK 99502). From here you will have a great view of the water and the mountains. If you are lucky you can even spot whales here from time to time. You can also see the planes take off and land here from Ted Steven International Airport.

Another great point ust Downtown Anchorage Viewpoint. From here you have a great opportunity to take a photo with the "skyline" of Anchorage.


Flattop Mountain Trail.

This is Alaska's most visited mountain "top". And once you've done it, you'll understand why everyone comes here. The short hiking trail of 2.5km will bring you to a stony, soccer field-sized area, which offers great views of Mt. McKinley (Denali) to the Aleutain Islands as well as Downtown Anchorage from above. If you are not in the mood for hiking, you can also walk to a lookout point directly at the parking lot of the hiking trail.


Manatuska Glacier.

Right between the towns of Palmer and Glennallen and an hour's drive north-east of Anchorage, you can find the largest glacier that can be reached by vehicle. It's perfectly visible from the Glenn Highway National Scenic Byway in Glacier View.

The 10,000 year old glacier is approximately 42 km long and 6.5 km wide. It is classified as a valley glacier, which means that it has a body of solid ice, which like a river flows under its own weight through an existing valley. Fortunately, there haven't been any major changes in its mass for nearly 2 decades.

At mile 101 on the Glenn Highway, you can find the Manatuskan Glacier State Recreation Area. There is no direct access to the glacier, but one of the best views of it is from here. People who actually want to hike the glacier can do so from mile 102, where they can park their car and then pay admission and start hiking. The park is privately owned and mile 102 is the only access to the glacier. For those who are a little inexperienced, there are even tours and equipment that can be booked in addition to admission.


Newcomb Park Wasilla Lake.

On the drive from Anchorage to Denali we discovered this small park with a mirror-smooth and crystal-clear lake and a wonderful view. The park is really not big, but it is perfect for a short stop to take a toilet break (or to get food ... there is a McDonalds very close).

821-915 George Parks Hwy, AK 99654