Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska, but as you’d probably expect, it’s not particularly huge, and still retains much of the outdoors feel that you get in much of the rest of Alaska. However, it does still have plenty of amenities that you’d find in a large city such as restaurants, bars, and some general liveliness. But no matter where you are, you’ll always be just a short drive or a few steps away from some great outdoors activities.
See & Do
- Flattop Mountain Trail: Back to Anchorage! Kind of sad since it’s our last day here. This trail is right on the outskirts of the city, and is marketed as easy to moderate. This would easily be a strenuous trail on the east coast, but we trudged our way up through the snow, watching as people brought their skis up to pretty much free-fall down this vertical mountain edge. This is a popular spot for the midnight sun, which we would have caught had we been here in late June, as it provides great views of the river, mountains, as well as downtown Anchorage. As a city-dweller, seeing a modern skyline after a few days of being in nature gave me a strange sort of comfort. Rating: 5/5
- Tony Knowles Coastal Trail: In the last few hours before heading to the airport to fly home, we walked along the coastal trail with the city skyline behind us and the sun setting in front of us. While it’s more nature-oriented than what you’d get in an east coast city, it’s still a very urban trail (we saw some guy chasing after a thuggish looking dude who, from what it seems, either stole something or started a fire somewhere, as people were trying to get ahold of the police–ah, reminds us of home). Rating: 4/5
Eat & Drink
- Mooses Tooth Pub and Pizzeria: Yes, we are eating pizza again. I promise you that we are usually more adventurous, but somehow the list of places to eat that we compiled turned out to have a high percentage of pizza places! The pizza here was great. I managed to save two slices to eat for the plane ride home, much to the jealousy of the passengers sitting adjacent to me. Local beer is available here. We had an apple ale and a pale ale. Both pretty tasty–this is the first fruit flavored ale that seems to compare to our local NY favorite, Ithaca Apricot Ale. Rating: 5/5
- 5/26/2013 – Departed Anchorage at night.