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A Day in Anchorage

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Glacier BrewHouse

Opened in 1997, this pub took Anchorage by storm. The menu holds a full selection of appetizers from Brewhouse Amber ale-battered halibut and calamari to desserts such as wood oven-roasted bread pudding or outstanding crème brulee. Entrees vary also, from an applewood grilled King Salmon, to a three peppercorn spit-roasted prime rib accompanied by garlic-mashed potatoes. Of course, don't forget to try the house-brewed beers.

Anchorage, AK, United States
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Oscar Anderson House Museum

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.

Anchorage, AK, United States
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The Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center

The main attraction at this multi-galleried museum is the Alaska Gallery, which features more than 1,000 pieces of history, artwork and photography by Alaskans. Five other galleries are housed in the downtown-area museum, showcasing a variety of temporary exhibits from all over the world, as well as a Children's Gallery that is sure to delight visiting families. Visitors to the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center can also attend after-hours events, art classes, and lectures that are sure to spark the imagination.

Anchorage, AK, United States
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Alaska Heritage Museum

This outstanding collection, created in 1968 by the National Bank of Alaska, is dedicated to providing insight into native Alaskan culture and Alaskan history. It is one of the largest privately owned public displays within Alaska. The exhibits include artifacts as much as 2,000 years old, paintings from the best-known names in Alaskan history, hand-crafted baskets from each of the state's native groups, a collection of 1895 rifles, a collection of ivory carvings and more than 2,800 rare books about Alaska and its natives. Admission is free.

Anchorage, AK, United States
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Alaska Native Heritage Center

The Alaska Native Heritage Center is remarkable for its programs, life-sized village displays, craft-making workstations and friendly, knowledgeable Alaskan Native staff. This museum presents 11 distinct cultural groups of Alaska within its 26 acres and is a must-see for anyone interested in Alaska's history and native peoples. Located just ten minutes east of downtown, the grounds are bordered by the Chugach Mountains. Expect to be entranced by storytelling, drumming, hands-on crafts and Native dancers. A gift store and cafe are onsite.

Elmendorf, AK, United States
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Alaska Zoo

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.

Anchorage, AK, United States
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Chugach State Park

In 1970 this magnificent area was declared a state park. Located within the municipality of Anchorage, Chugach State Park includes roughly 500,000 acres of the Chugach Range and the surrounding landscape. With a 5,000 foot vertical rise and three major campgrounds to the north of Anchorage, this wilderness area is filled with wildlife including moose, wolves, brown and black bears and more. A favorite hike is the 1.5 mile Flattop Mountain Hike which begins at the end of Toilsome Hill Road.

Anchorage, AK, United States
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Reindeer Farm

Prepare to pet, feed and photograph both adult and baby reindeer at Anchorage's fascinating Reindeer Farm. Gentle and tame, these "deer" are accustomed to visitors and are very friendly. Owner Tom Williams actually grew up on this beautiful farm and transformed it from a dairy farm to a reindeer wonderland in the late 1980s. Today, visitors can also marvel at elk and bison, and can go on a horseback ride up up the nearby Butte.

Palmer, AK, United States
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Begich, Boggs Visitor Center at Portage Glacier

Voted the number one attraction to share with guests who come to Anchorage, this visitors center is very informative and educational. It features interpretive displays, an award-winning video titled "Voices from the Ice," and guided and unguided hikes. Visitors to the center can take in impressive views of the glacier and icebergs floating in the glacial lake nearby. Due to the center's location on the glacier, they are open seasonally so plan accordingly.

Girdwood, AK, United States
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