Summer visitors will be able to reach three attractions from downtown Anchorage for free using a new shuttle service. The Anchorage City Explorer connects visitors downtown with the Alaska Aviation Museum, Alaska Zoo, and Alaska Botanical Garden. The route is funded by a grant from the Municipality of Anchorage's ARPA relief funds.
The service picks up at the Log Cabin Visitor Information Center downtown, and stops at each attraction before returning to town. The shuttle is free for travelers. Standard admission rates apply at each attraction. The services runs Monday through Saturday from May 15 to September 2, 2023. The first departure is downtown at 10 a.m. Monday through Friday, and 11:40 a.m. on Saturdays. The final return trip to downtown is at 6:20 p.m. on all six days of the week. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Travelers should arrive for pick up at least 10 minutes prior to departure time.
The service is operated by Pacific Alaska Tours. Pacific Alaska Tours was awarded the funds to operate the service through an RFP process in early 2023. Pacific Alaska Tours has long ties to transportation in Alaska, where the company is independently owned and operated as Alaska Coach Tours. It has served the communities of Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka and Skagway since 2004, and expanded to Southcentral and Interior Alaska in 2023. Alaska Coach Tours is 80% owned by Na-Dena', a joint venture owned by Doyon, Limited, the Alaska Native regional corporation for Interior Alaska, and Huna Totem Corporation, the Alaska Native village corporation for Hoonah, Alaska.