Quality Suites Historic Downtown
325 W. 8th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 274-1000
Fax: (907) 274-3016
Beginning in 1989, each year dozens of international teams work feverishly for 48-hours to turn blocks of ice into a work of art. Using chainsaws, chisels and other tools, the sculptors are fascinating to watch and always draw a large crowd. Only skill and time limit the artists who produce a wide variety of pieces from life-size wildlife, angels or architectural designs. Be sure to check out the sculptures at night as they are lit up by colored lights that reflect through the ice. There is no admission charge.
Mulcahy Stadium is a home to the two teams Anchorage Glacier Pilots and Anchorage Bucs. This baseball stadium has a capacity of 4000 and serves as a venue to American Legion and other high school games. The huge scoreboard adds to the thrill of the game for the spectators. For schedule, visit the website.
Welcome to Anchorage! A terrific way to learn the most about this city is to join this three-hour guided bus tour. Get an introduction to the historical features of this city as well as some of the newcomers such as the Alaska Native Cultural Center. The entertaining and informative guide will squire you through Anchorage's history and throughout this 26-acre cultural property. Track the development of this 258,000-person city since it first was settled in 1915. Tour costs: adults $48, children $24. Tours starts at 8.30 am daily
This 10-hour trip reveals Anchorage and the progress of its people and shows you Portage Glacier. The city tour explores the history and origins of Anchorage including details of the 9.2 earthquake in 1964. Explore the amazing Alaska Native Cultural Center with its eleven cultural groups displayed on 26-acres. Next, the unforgettable hour-long cruise to Portage Lake brings you face to the face with a glacier. A stop in Girdwood at the grand Westin Alyeska Prince Hotel. Tour prices: adults $108, children $54.
This coastal trail offers 10 miles of paved walking, skiing, biking and in-line skating heaven. It also provides unbelievable sunset views. The trail, built in honor of one of the city's mayors and the current state's governor, is joined by many side trails that come from the midtown and south Anchorage districts. Along the way are mile and trail markers and, at Westchester Lagoon (one mile south of downtown), built-in fitness centers with pull-up bars, sit-up benches and general fitness information.
A lovely playground with half moon sculptures and a large picnic facility it is a long grassy area parallel to the Chester Creek Greenbelt trail. It acts as a pausing place for trail users, a play area for nearby residents and a social gathering place for family picnics. Whether you drive to the park to relax or use the trails for biking, rollerblading or walking, this is a delightful recreation spot with trees, grass and benches for people watching. Admission is free.
This park may be driven to, or accessed by walking down the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail from downtown (about 1 mile south on the trail). The park includes a fitness area with pull-up bars, sit-up bench and other fitness equipment. Paralleling the Westchester Lagoon, it features a dock, a maintained skating rink during winter and benches to rest on while viewing the Lagoon. There are also bike lock-up areas and a tiny police substation. This is a no fee area.
Whether you seek a rental or sale, this shop offers bikes by Marin, Rocky Mountain and more. Its service includes regular tune-ups, as well as carrying a full selection of accessories and installations. Check out the rentals, competitively priced for all-day at USD40. Be sure to ask for trails that are of your level and interest and the professionals here will be able to guide you. A quick lesson about the bike, answers to your questions, and you're on your way.
So it doesn't look like the route to your grandmother's house with its tunnels and bridges, but it is a terrific, fast-paced trail for biking, rollerblading, skiing, jogging or other training workout. This trail has a few moderate hills, enough to get your lungs going, and stretches between the Westchester Lagoon Overlook, past the University's Goose Lake and out to the Russian Jack Springs Park (16 miles round-trip route).
A lovely area, large and grass covered with playground equipment, a ball field and a terrific view of the Inlet from the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail that runs through its west side. Benches line the trail at the best viewing point and just behind them grow lush flowers in summer. Just north of Earthquake Park you may wander three-quarters of a mile south on the walking trail to look at the earthquake's effects. There are no restrooms or facilities at either park. This is a no admission fee area.
This park sits as a large, flat, rectangular, grassy area dominated by a huge outdoor playground and picnic facility. Built by locals wishing to have a convenient play area for their children, it was the combined effort of a neighborhood community that brought this park to life. It now holds a large sand pit playground and several different sizes of swing sets, a merry-go-round, teeter-totter and more. It is half a mile from the Golden Lion Inn and the Residence Inn. No admission.
With a picnic shelter, four tennis courts for public use, a playground and walking trails, this is a small and lovely wooded park offering a great place to relax while your kids play. This park is named for one of the founding fathers of Anchorage who was instrumental in bringing the Teamster's Union, fresh produce grocery stores and more to Alaska. The Carr family owns many businesses within the city and generously contributed this parcel of land and the finances to develop this park in the memory of "Pop."