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Best things to do in Anchorage

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

“The Coastal Trail starts downtown and can take you down to Kincaid Park. The trail is great for runners, walkers, and its very fun to rent a bike (downtown) and spend half a day doing the trail. Its fun - the last stretch up to Kincaid Park it all uphill so no shame walking the bike up it if need be. Its a blast and you get great views of nature.”
26 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
“Stylish restaurant & lounge specializing in Pacific Rim cuisine, plus microbrews & cocktails.”
26 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“One of the best locations to eat in downtown. One of our personal favorites and there is a reason why this place is always busy!”
18 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“We mostly go to this Fred Meyer for everything you would need, including groceries and hard goods. Use my phone number for the discounts if you do not want to sign up for the club card.”
28 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“Check out their calendar for events! Catch a good concert or play! Don't worry about evening wear, this is Alaska and it is okay to be seen with your fishing gear on!”
22 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Halibut chunks are the best! They have a nice menu selection. Locals frequent so you'll see Girdwoodians with their "hair down". Friendly servers who like to talk and swap stories. ”
17 locals recommend
Vietnamese Restaurant
“Exotic Lao, Thai, and Vietnamese Cuisine Lunch Specials 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Pho and other soups Lao and Vietnamese soups made of delicately flavored beef, chicken, tofu or seafood ingredients. Served with a plate of fresh cilantro, Thai basil, green onions, bean sprouts, and lime wedges. All pho bowls are served with sticky rice noodles unless otherwise ordered or noted.”
26 locals recommend
“We love to take a Sunday drive down to Girdwood and have breakfast here! The sourdough pancakes are the bomb! You can buy their fresh bread & take it home with you! Also, lunch is really good! Try the pastrami melt! It's amazing! Then walk next door to the art gallery to browse around...”
27 locals recommend
“Our small little ski resort that has produced some Olympic champions is known for wonderful slopes in the winter or a fabulous place to hike in the summer. Don't miss out on Winner creek trail with the hand tram the hike is spectacular. World re-known Double Musky Inn famous for it Cajun cuisine a must for the Alaskan travel who demands the best in superior cuisine. Chair 5 is a bit more relaxed with a fine choice of options from seafood to pizza and burgers”
23 locals recommend
“ Stunning views of the Anchorage Bowl. Great for a drink or date night. A little on the pricey side, but the views of Cook Inlet are worth the admission. ”
21 locals recommend
“Fantastic Lunch or Dinner! They have a Huge Variety of wines by the glass or bottle & shareable plates in an unpretentious atmosphere.”
26 locals recommend
Apres Ski Bar
“Late night music scene on weekends. Bar and bar food most afternoons and evenings. This is the place for apres -ski. ”
19 locals recommend
“Excellent choice while strolling downtown Anchorage for the evening. One of the hottest places to grab a bite to eat. Their sweet potato pie is the rave.”
26 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Popular 200-foot waterfall with a viewing platform via a scenic hike along a canyon.”
25 locals recommend
“Need a book for the plane? I would check out this nearby new and used bookstore. Right next door, grab a latte from Kaladi Brothers! This store is within walking distance (half a mile or so) of The Boothby House.”
26 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Kimberly and Eland both used to live right next to the Nature Center. It's amazing trail systems and beautiful views should be on your list of stops! ”
17 locals recommend