Rebecca Coolidge, Public Relations Specialist
Jeanette Anderson Moores, Communications & Marketing Programs

Day Trippin’ Itineraries

Follow These Itineraries for Things to Do and See in a Day

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA Alaska adventures begin in Anchorage at the Downtown Log Cabin Visitor Information Center, located at Fourth Avenue and F Street. Surrounded by colorful gardens during the long daylight hours of summer, and beneath thousands of sparkling lights that decorate the city during winter, this historic log cabin is THE place for travelers to get great advice from local experts.

The following one-day itineraries are designed to be a guide for travelers planning trips using Anchorage as a base camp, and showcasing the variety of things to do year round.

Day Spa Alaska Style
A combination of invigorating activities, high-style pampering at an Anchorage day spa, and a night on the town.

  • Fish Anchorage’s fresh water lakes and streams – guides and fly-fishing classes available.
  • Rent a bike or Nordic skis and glide along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail to Kincaid Park.
  • Relax, unwind and get pampered at a local day spa. Therapeutic treatments include massages, body treatments, pedicures and facials in the most tranquil atmospheres.
  • Feast on wild Alaska salmon, king crab and other culinary delights offered on a variety of fine dining menus.
  • Take in a local performance or theater production.

Alaska Culture Pass
Find insight into Alaska’s amazing past at local museums.

  • Start the day at the Anchorage Museum with a docent tour of the Alaska Gallery, world-class art exhibits and the Children’s Gallery.
  • Lunch at the Marx Brothers Café, located in the Museum atrium.
  • Take the courtesy transport to the Ulu Factory for an Ulu Knife demonstration. (Year round)
  • Shuttle to the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Explore Alaska’s cultural heritage, while experiencing the generational passing of traditions.
  • Make advanced arrangements to take the downtown Grizzly Junction shuttle to the Sourdough Mining Co. restaurant for dinner. Enjoy the Adventures of Dusty Sourdough show and stop by the Wild Berry Park and Village. The shuttle is available to transport guests to their accommodations or directly to the airport. Shuttles and a special joint-admission ticket can be purchased at either facility during summer hours. (Year round)

Destination: Eagle River
Head north to Eagle River for unbelievable views, wildlife, waterfalls and much more.

  • Pack a picnic lunch and head north to the Eagle River Nature Center for engaging year-round natural history events, kids’ activities and guided summer nature walks. Snowshoe rentals and Nordic ski trails are available in winter.
  • Raft Eagle River on a half-day float or make it a whitewater adventure.
  • Stop for berry picking or hike to Rendezvous Peak at Arctic Valley.
  • End your day with a live local theater performance at Cyrano's Off-Center Playhouse or live music at a downtown club.

Destination: Girdwood
Kids of all ages play hard at this mountain resort community situated at sea level.

  • Drive 45 minutes south along scenic Turnagain Arm to Girdwood.
  • Board the Alyeska Resort tram for a one-mile climb up to the top of Mt. Alyeska for lunch. Thrill-seekers can launch off the mountain for an amazing tandem paraglide or ultra light glider trike.
  • Adventure on an ATV to the high alpine meadows of Hidden Valley, snowshoe with a naturalist guide through alpine meadows, learn how to rock climb, or experience Alaska's scenic backcountry by snowmobile.
  • Explore the Crow Creek Gold Mine and original camp dating back to the 1890s or walk the beautiful Winner Creek Trail and hand tram over a river gorge. (Summer only)
  • Stop and shop at Kobuk Valley Jade Co. and Alaska Candle Factory.
  • Feast in a funky Girdwood restaurant. First-class diners can revel in 360-degree views, 2,300 feet above sea level, at the award-winning Seven Glaciers Restaurant.

Take Flight
An unforgettable way to experience the magnificence of the “Last Frontier.”

  • Take a trolley tour from Fourth Avenue for a one-hour tour through Anchorage.
  • Stop by the Alaska Aviation Museum for a look at Alaska’s fascinating aviation history. See historical Alaska aircraft and rare film footage of Alaska’s pioneer aviators, and take a narrated tour of vintage seaplanes. (Year round)
  • Capture the magnificence of Alaska on a flightseeing tour from Anchorage. Go bear viewing, land on a glacier, find a remote fishing spot, or just soar above the Chugach Mountains, Denali (Mt. McKinley), Prince William Sound, the Harding Icefield, and other parts of Alaska not accessible by any other means. (Year round)
  • Check out the wacky, wild salmon statues decorated by local artists along the Wild Salmon on Parade walking tour.
  • The Hullabaloo on Third Avenue, provides entertainment nightly at the Snow Goose Restaurant & Sleeping Lady Brewing Co. with an hysterical history lesson about everything important that shaped Alaska.

Denali in a Day
Perfect for travelers with a long “to see and do” list.

  • From Anchorage, climb aboard a twin-engine aircraft and make the scenic journey to the Denali National Park and Preserve.
  • Board the park shuttle for the 63-mile journey to Fish Creek. On a clear day, this eight-hour shuttle bus trip into the park affords outstanding views of Denali (Mt. McKinley), the Alaska Range and excellent wildlife-viewing opportunities.
  • Not interested in a bus tour? Take Denali by air – it’s spectacular. A number of flight experiences are available.

The Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (ACVB) mission is to attract and serve visitors to the Municipality of Anchorage as a Destination Marketing Organization (DMO). ACVB’s marketing functions are funded by one-third of the bed tax collected by lodging associations. One-third goes to the Municipality’s general fund, a contribution established in 1978, and one-third goes to the construction and annual maintenance costs of the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center and the William A. Egan Civic & Convention Center. ACVB receives no state or federal funds. Explore www.Anchorage.net for more information.