Welcome to Anchorage!
When you arrive in Anchorage, you will find yourself in Alaska's biggest small town. With a population of about 300,000, Anchorage is the state's most populous city. Located in southcentral Alaska, Anchorage is a great jumping off point for your adventures. There is access to the road system, multiple airports, the train, and a port for smaller cruise ships. When visiting in the winter, expect about 5.5 hours of daylight and while exploring in the summer, soak in about 19 hours sunlight. Do not be surprised to see moose around town and even a view of Denali on a clear day!
- Visit the US Bureau of Land Management's Campbell Creek Science Center for outdoor science education. The center and surrounding area offers access to a variety of creeks, trails, forests, and meadows. The Science Center has evening programs for all ages, including their Midsummer Nights series and Astronomy series. All of their programs operate free-of-charge. Located on the BLM Campbell Tract in Anchorage.
- Operating as a non-profit organization, the Eagle River Nature Center is a great place for children and adults alike! There are nine miles of hiking trails and a naturalist on-site in the summer to give guided walks. Located on Mile 12 of Eagle River Road just north of Anchorage, the center is also a great entry point to the Chugach State Park. Call 907-694-2108 or check out their website for programs, updates on trails, and bear sightings.
- Bike the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail! This trail follows the beautiful Cook Inlet, through Earthquake Park, and all the way to Kincaid Park. It has over 10 miles of paved trails that access other Anchorage greenbelts including Chester and Campbell Creek Trails. Kincaid Municipal Park offers a great variety of trails to walk, run, mountain bike, disc golf, or practice field sports. It also happens to be one of Anchorage's best places to spot a moose!
- On the south side of Anchorage is Potter Marsh, a 100 year old man-made wetland created when the railroad was constructed. This is a favorite spot for birders and wildlife enthusiasts. In the summer the Audubon Society leads guided walks around the marsh to spot our migratory birds and local waterfowl. Keep an eye out for nesting eagles!