Part of the Anchorage walking tour, this house was built by the self-proclaimed "18th person" to walk into Anchorage, Oscar Anderson, in 915. Restored in 1982, it is open for guided tours Memorial Day to Labor Day. Get a glimpse of the life style of the Andersons, and learn more about the early history of Anchorage. Exhibits discuss a roughly ten-year period from 1915 to 1925. The home is directly adjacent to the paved Tony Knowles Coastal Trail that follows the Inlet.
View 85 species of wildlife from the Arctic, including glacier bears, grizzly bears, and black bears, on this 25-acre wooded area. Other creatures that can be found here include caribou, moose, Dall sheep, wolves, musk oxen and many others. Some non-Alaskan species such as elephants, Bactrian camels and even a Siberian tiger are housed in the zoo as well. A gift shop and a refreshment stand are on the premises for anyone who needs a little pick-me-up.
This 110-acre garden includes native perennials, an enclosed herb garden and an outdoor rock garden. Created in 1991 by volunteers, the garden has become an educational resource as well as a stunning showcase of Alaskan plants and wildflowers. Paths throughout allow for easy travel and a 1.2-mile hike provides views of the Chugach Mountains, a natural wetland and nearby Campbell Creek. One unusual feature is a still-used dog-mushing trail that travels through the garden. For the kids, ask to borrow a free Discovery Duffel from the garden store, packed with games and activities that tie in to the exhibits. Guided tours are available upon request.
Uniquely Alaskan, this log cabin with its grass-covered roof houses the largest variety of visitor brochures, free guides and information in Anchorage. Stop in and visit with its mostly senior volunteer staff. With an informative Web site and free magazine style visitor's guide (it can be mailed on request), this place makes it possible for you to plan your entire trip before you get here. The charming building is surrounded by a flowering park, and has a notable post listing the mileage to many international cities.
As Alaska's largest university, the University of Alaska, UAA, is a major, four-year public university. The Anchorage campus is the main campus, with nearly 16,500 students in the entire system. Stop by to check out the impressive campus or watch one of the UAA Seawolves' Division I athletic games.