This state park is so diverse in nature- you've got your wildlife habitats, your skiing and rock climbing areas, and of course the half a million acres of hiking trails. It's an 18-mile drive east of downtown Anchorage but the breathtaking scenery is well worth the car time to get there.
Yes, Westchester Lagoon is another outdoor venue, but how could you come to Alaska and not expect to check out all of the stunning natural wonders that it has to offer? This is a place where you can see what the locals do to hang out and have fun. It has something for everyone and is a popular spot in the area, so get your lunch packed and head out there!
Even if you come to Alaska in the summertime, this show is available for you to see the aurora borealis that is typical of the months that see more darkness. Dave Parhurst, the creator of this show, brings you 40 minutes of Alaska's Great Northern Lights in a film composed of thousands of northern lights pictures streamed together. It is awe-inspiring and stunning and a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The state of Alaska has historically relied heavily on transportation due to its isolated location, so it makes perfect sense why the railroad system has been so valuable there. You can take a guided tour and pass by mountains, rivers, forests, glaciers and the ocean all in one short trip to Anchorage's train depot.
If some of the prior attractions left you feeling nervous regarding Alaskan wildlife encounters in the, well, in the wild- then head to the zoo where you can see all of these beautiful creatures up close but with a little security between the both of you. Many of the animals have been rescued, which is even more of a reason to check out this quaint, devoted venue. The wildlife range from polar bears and moose to wolves and seals and are so treasured by locals that they all have been named.