1. Captain Cook Monument (downtown)
A great area to view Cook Inlet, Mt. Susitna (Sleeping Lady) and the Alaska Range. Third Avenue and L Street.
2. Earthquake Park (near airport)
A great place to view Denali and the Alaska Range. Bike from downtown along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, or take West Northern Lights Boulevard just past Satellite Drive.
3. Point Woronzoff (near airport)
Features spectacular panoramic views. A perfect place to see how the city nestles into the Chugach Mountains. There are also great views across Cook Inlet to the Alaska and Kenai Mountain Ranges. Take International Airport Road west to Postmark Drive, or follow the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.
4. Glen Alps Trail Head (Flattop Mountain)
This area can be found high on the hillside where you’ll find a panoramic view of the entire city and its surrounding region. This is also the beginning of a trail for the popular Flattop Mountain hike, gaining 1300 feet (396 m) in 1.5 miles (2.4 km). Follow signs for Chugach State Park from Upper Huffman Road to Glen Alps Road.
5. Alyeska Resort - Aerial Tram
The Alyeska Resort Aerial Tram travels from the hotel to the Upper Tram Terminal and Seven Glaciers Restaurant 2300 feet above the valley floor. See the splendor of Turnagain Arm and the Chugach Range. Facilities on the upper mountain include the Glacier Express Cafe, restrooms, observation platform, and the four-star Seven Glaciers fine dining experience. Located in Girdwood, 45 minutes south of downtown Anchorage.
6. Beluga Point (Turnagain Arm)
A drive south of downtown on the Seward Highway leads you to Beluga Point. As the name implies, this scenic viewpoint is a prime location for spotting beluga whales.