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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Zoo
“This is not a zoo. Drive around and see a large number of Alaska wildlife. ”
  • 57 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“The Matanuska Glacier is 45 minutes outside of Anchorage on the Glenn Highway. There is a view point just outside of Palmer, Alaska.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“There is a trail on the right-hand side IMMEDIATELY after the tunnel. It is kinda hard to see the road to turn on. You can also see the glacier on the Anchorage side of the tunnel from the visitors center”
  • 19 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Natural food store, coffee shop, soup/sandwich lunch spot (mon-fri). My favorite coffee shop as far as the coffee goes...not my favorite for ambiance.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
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“Located in Harbor. Great, busy place for dinner. Great pizza and mojitos. Indoor and outdoor sitting.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Nature
“You can view the famous Matanuska Glacier from the highway or take a tour of it. And while your there enjoy a meal at the Matanuska Lodge. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Transit Station
“You can’t drive to Whittier without going through the tunnel. North America’s longest tunnel at 2.5 miles. It is shared with the railroad and has scheduled vehicle usage. Check schedule on website.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“This is our mainstream, contemporary grocery store with an attached liquor store. In Alaska you have to purchase your beer, wine and liquor in a separate store - usually attached to a grocery store.”
  • 3 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner options....one of the more "affordable" options in town. For breakfast - every meal is able to feed two or three people, so if you know how to share, that is definitely the only way to go to save money....as well as avoid a food coma.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Pier
“Opportunity to see glaciers and wildlife. Drive through an historic tunnel to the quaint town of Whittier. Reservations highly recommended.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Travel Agency
  • 2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Just on the other side of the Whittier tunnel, this stunning hike takes you up Portage Pass and down to Portage Lake. Gaze across the way to the Portage Glacier.”
  • 1 local recommends
Natural Feature
“The ice field averages over 25 miles long and over 5 miles across, making it one of the largest glaciers in southcentral Alaska. Take an ATV to the glacier, an airboat, a helicopter, or fat tire bike. in winter, take a snow machine.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Great place to get coffee....and hang out if the weather is not that great. Spacious coffee shop with great seating options. They also have some food items like breakfast sandwiches and burritos.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Trail
“Have yet to see a glacier in Alaska? This hike is easily for beginners and will bring you right to the glacier. Byron glacier TH is located on the way to Seward, about an hour out of town. ”
  • 4 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Located in Harbor. Great, busy place for dinner. Great pizza and mojitos. Indoor and outdoor sitting.”
  • 5 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner options....one of the more "affordable" options in town. For breakfast - every meal is able to feed two or three people, so if you know how to share, that is definitely the only way to go to save money....as well as avoid a food coma.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Lodging
“Long Rifle Lodge is within walking distance of our cabin. They have an excellent restaurant and bar, with a stunning view of the Matanuska Glacier. Both our cabin and the lodge were built in the 1970s, with help from the same creative neighbors, so you will see similarities in the woodwork. Long Rifle Lodge serves great burgers, burritos, and has vegetarian options. The lodge is decorated with the widest variety of taxidermied Alaskan animals that you will probably find on your trip to Alaska - great for taking selfies! They do close early, so do not wait til late in the evening to go there. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The most affordable food option in town. Portions are very reasonable for the price. The halibut sandwich is the most bang for one's buck as far as a halibut meal is concerned. I like to order the chicken bacon ranch sandwich or the calamari basket. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“Best view in town (from a bar) Prices are lower than the Mermaid. Food is not the greatest, but if you stick to appetizers, it should be ok.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Super economical, all-american....SUMMER....food options. It is very to "create your own" potato basket at a very reasonable price. My order: small fries topped with pulled pork, fried egg, fried onions/peppers....add whatever sauce you like from their selection.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Food Truck
“Everything is good, eclectic McCarthy cuisine. Ask for your meal "over fries" or "over greens" for gluten free options. If it's slow and your feeling adventurous, ask for a "surprise over fries/greens" and let the chefs cook you a unique meal. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Chinese Restaurant
“One of the most consistent, year-round restaurants in town... Have lunch and dinner specials. They also have Thai and Sushi options on the menu.”
  • 2 locals recommend

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