When you are ready to get out of your Anchorage Airport Hotel and see all that the great city of Anchorage has to offer, we have some of our favorites attractions near Anchorage Airport listed below.
Alaska Botanical Garden
Alaska Botanical GardenDistance From Anchorage Intl. Airport: 8.4mi
Take Tudor Rd. east to Campbell Airstrip Rd., park in the Save II School parking lot. An interpretive nature trail introduces you to two gardens of Alaska vegetation in phase one of a five-phase project to develop comprehensive botanical gardens. Development began in 1991 through an entirely volunteer effort. The gardens are continually being expanded and will feature vegetation from Alaska and areas with similar climates throughout the world.
Chester Creek Sports ComplexDistance From Anchorage Intl. Airport: 5.7mi
On 16th Ave. between A St. and Old Seward Hwy. Includes the George M. Sullivan Arena with seating for 7,000 for hockey, rodeo, concerts, fairs and other events (call event hotline at 279-2596); the adjacent Ben Boeke Ice Arena; an outdoor rink and speed oval; the Anchorage Football Stadium and the Mulcahy Stadium. The complex borders the 300-acre/120 hectare Chester Creek Greenbelt with trails for hiking, biking and groomed Nordic ski trails.
Elmendorf State HatcheryDistance From Anchorage Intl. Airport: 7.7mi
Corner of Reeve Blvd. and Post Rd. A visitor viewing area is located within the compound. The best time for viewing coho salmon is October. Hatchery is open year-round. Call 274-0065 for hours.
Lake Hood Air Harbor
Lake Hood Air HarborDistance From Anchorage Intl. Airport: 1.8mi
Take Northern Lights Blvd. west to Aircraft Dr. and follow it around Lake Hood. Lake Hood and Lake Spenard form the world’s largest and busiest floatplane harbor, a popular starting point for flightseeing trips by float- or ski-equipped planes. Portage Glacier. One of Alaska’s most visited attractions, the Portage Glacier area features the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center with displays and a film that explains glaciers and the history of the area.
Westchester Lagoon OverlookDistance From Anchorage Intl. Airport: 5mi
Take L St. south to Hillcrest Dr. exit and turn right for a panoramic view of joggers and bikers during the fall or skating and Nordic skiing in the winter with the Anchorage skyline as backdrop. Great photo stop.
LibraryDistance From Anchorage Intl. Airport: 3.6mi
Z.J. Loussac Public Library. 36th Ave. and Denali St. An architectural mix of shapes and forms sitting on 17 acres/6.8 hectares. Winter ice fountain on building’s south side was designed by Carl Nesjar. Bronze sculpture of William Seward, secretary of state who negotiated the purchase of Alaska, welcomes you at top of stairs. Inside, library features a large Alaskana section plus Anchorage Assembly’s meeting chambers and the Wilda Marston auditorium. Art work includes bronze mural “Alaska’s Five Governors” and paintings by Alaska artists Sydney Laurence and Eustace Ziegler. The library was named for Anchorage merchant who set up a foundation to build a new library in the early 1950s. Open Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Starting Sept. 12, also open on Sun. 1-5 p.m. Phone: 261-2846.
Alaska Aviation Heritage MuseumDistance From Anchorage Intl. Airport: 1.2mi
4721 Aircraft Dr., on the south shore of Lake Hood. Presents the state’s unique aviation history. Museum features 21 vintage aircraft, a 60-seat theater that regularly shows short films, observation deck and special exhibits such as the Alaskan military aviation gallery. Through Oct. 1 open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Winter hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Closed mid-March through April. Phone: 248-5325.
Alaska Heritage Library-MuseumDistance From Anchorage Intl. Airport: 5.2mi
Corner of C St. and Northern Lights Blvd. Features Alaska Native culture. Native baskets and artifacts, paintings from Alaska artists such as Sidney Laurence, photos and rare books are among the items displayed year-round. Open noon-4 p.m., Mon.-Fri. Phone: 265-2834.
Fort Richardson Alaskan Fish and Wildlife CenterDistance From Anchorage Intl. Airport: 4.1mi
Rm. 114, Bldg. 600. Displays mounted Alaska fish and game. Open year-round. Hours 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; Phone: 384-0431.
Chugach State Park
Chugach State ParkDistance From Anchorage Intl. Airport: 12.6mi
One of the nation’s largest parks, with 495,000 acres/198,000 hectares, Chugach State Park surrounds the Anchorage bowl on the east and south. Sculpted by glaciers into a land of sharp peaks, attractive lakes and broad valleys, the park offers wilderness experiences including hiking, fishing and camping in the spring, summer and fall. The park has three campgrounds, ranging in size from 36 to 17 spaces, and five picnic sites. The park is home to a variety of wildlife including moose, bear, Dall sheep, mountain goats, wolves, lynx and bald eagles.
Chugach National ForestDistance From Anchorage Intl. Airport: 92mi
The nation’s second-largest national forest and one of the oldest. Established in 1907, Chugach encompasses 5.6 million acres/2.24 million hectares and 200 miles/322 km of maintained hiking trails starting south of Anchorage and stretching into the Kenai Peninsula and to Prince William Sound. A mixture of mountains, glaciers, wetlands and tumbling streams, Chugach contains some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. The most northerly and westerly of all national forests, Chugach is considered the most diverse of all 155 national forests. Highlights include: Portage Glacier, the most visited recreational area in Alaska; Columbia Glacier, one of the largest tidewater glaciers in the world; and the Copper River Delta, one of the world’s greatest birding areas. Within the Chugach National Forest are 15 campgrounds and 43 recreational cabins for rent. For cabin rental call Alaska Public Lands Information Center at 271-2737. The forest is accessible by road from Anchorage and by boat or small plane from Seward, Cordova, Valdez and Whittier. Call U.S. Forest Service at 271- 2500.