Anchorage is gearing up for summer 2015. The city celebrates its centennial, and that’s just part of the appeal. Many new tours and trips are online for visitors no matter when they visit. From the air, on to wheels, in a pint glass or on the gallery wall, there's something refreshing and perhaps even surprising in store for visitors to Anchorage this season.
Add Adventure to Flightseeing
Rust’s Flying Service guests can now add kayaking, photography, dog sledding or a glacier landing to flights out of Anchorage. The company is one of the most recognized names in flying in Alaska. Kayak flights touch down on glacial Lake George for paddling on the iceberg-dotted lake. Nearby Colony Glacier provides basecamp for flights that add dogsledding. Iditarod sled dogs and a veteran musher whisk travelers on a run atop the glacier. Photographer and pilot Mark Stadsklev leads the photo safari, winging to rarely explored places in search of the perfect photos. And while ski-equipped glacier landings have long been part of Talkeetna flights to Denali, Rust’s now offers them from Anchorage as well.
Explore Alaska’s Wings on Two Wheels
With all the new flights, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Lake Hood is a hotspot for flight enthusiasts. It’s the busiest seaplane base in the world, with more than 600 takeoffs and landings on a busy summer day. Segwav now enables visitors to explore a shoreline packed with floatplane slips. One-hour tours on Segways with knobby tires circle the lake for the best views of Alaska aviation.
Big Swig Tours
Big Swig Tours is now offering Anchorage beer tours. It’s one of the easiest ways to sample brews from some of the cities seven breweries, as well as the 20 others scattered across Alaska. The 3.5-hour tour takes guests to beer hotspots around town, transportation provided. Tickets include 12 beer tastings, a selection of appetizers and roundtrip transportation.
The Anchorage Museum will display “Arctic Ambitions: Captain Cook and the Northwest Passage” in the spring and summer of 2015. As the foremost British explorer of the 18th century, Captain James Cook circumnavigated the globe twice before exploring the waters that flank what is today Anchorage.
“City Limits” tells the story of Anchorage from the Dena'ina people to construction of the Alaska Railroad, and growth from a tent city to an urban center through artifacts, artwork and photographs drawn from the museum’s vast permanent collection.