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Captain Cook & 1964 Earthquake Walking Tours

Special programs for the summer season of 2014 have concluded. Please check back in mid-May of 2015 for next summer's lineup.

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Walk with a National Park Ranger into Anchorage's past. Tours run everyday throughout the summer season - Memorial Day through Labor Day - and last approximately 45 minutes.

Tour groups meet and leave from the front steps of the Alaska Public Lands Information Center in downtown Anchorage at the corner of 4th Ave. and F St. They will leave promptly at the scheduled time. Please bring photo ID for entry to the Old Federal Building.

Damage on Fourth Avenue after the Good Friday Earthquake

The Great Alaskan Earthquake Walking Tour: (2:45pm Daily)

On Good Friday, March 27, 1964 Anchorage was devastated by the second largest earthquake ever recorded: a 9.2 magnitude. After four minutes and thirty-eight seconds of treacherous shaking, tsunamis crashed into the shores of many coastal cities of Alaska. Some of the city's worst damage was sustained right outside the Anchorage Public Lands Information Center along 4th Ave. Today modern seismology draws heavily on the insights gained from this monstrous quake. Experience the local history and science behind the Great Alaska Earthquake with a local National Park Service ranger.

Watch a preview of this walking tour below!

Note: This Embedded video resides on the official Alaska National Park YouTube channel
Statue of Captain Cook looks out onto the Inlet in downtown Anchorage

Captain Cook Walking Tour: (11am & 4pm Daily)

Set sail on a voyage of discovery as we follow Captain Cook on his final adventure in search of the fabled Northwest Passage. In 1778, his ships navigated down the Bering Strait enduring extreme weather and immense ice fields. Although they were unsuccessful in their exploration of a passage between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, James Cook led the first crew along the Alaska coast. Their observations of Aleutian volcanoes and arctic wildlife were recorded in historical journals. 

Watch a preview of this walking tour below!

Note: This Embedded video resides on the official Alaska National Park YouTube channel

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