Discover What’s New in Anchorage This Summer
Anchorage is an exciting place to visit and this summer it’s only getting better with new attractions, activities, and experiences coming to Alaska’s biggest city. Everything from hiking across bridges suspended thousands of feet in the air to learning about local flavors on a food tour.
Catch a Ride
Transportation will be easier than ever this summer with plenty of options to get around town. Hop aboard the Anchorage City Explorer, a free shuttle service connecting visitors to the Alaska Aviation Museum, Alaska Zoo, or Alaska Botanical Gardens until Saturday, Sept. 2, 2023. The City Explorer offers rides Monday through Saturday and picks up passengers at the Log Cabin Visitor Information Center. Anchorage Trolley Tours also has new paid shuttles with routes to midtown hotels, downtown, and Alaska Native Heritage Center. The Trolley’s shuttle has hourly departures from participating hotels and ticket prices vary depending on the destination.
Take your next hike to new heights with the Veilbreaker Skybridges at Alyeska Resort. Opening in July, participants can harness in and walk across both Skybridges hanging 2,500 above the ground. Alyeska’s expert mountain guides take groups of up to six on a two to three-hour journey connecting the peaks of Alyeska Mountain, Mighty Mite, and Glacier Bowl with views of the Chugach State Park, Turnagain Arm, and more.
Trade your harness for a backpack and tackle a trail with Go Hike Alaska. In addition to day hikes, a new 20-mile backpacking tour of Williwaw and Long Lakes immerses you in Chugach State Park over three days and two nights.
Explore Anchorage on two wheels with Alaska Trail Guides on a 9.5-mile coastal bike cruise with scenic stops at Kincaid Park, Point Woronzof, Earthquake Park, and Westchester Lagoon. If you’re lucky you might even spot a moose.
Access All of Alaska
It will be a special summer for the Alaska Railroad as one of Alaska’s oldest institutions celebrates one hundred years. In the spirit of the centennial, the railroad is offering a limited-edition centennial travel package leaving from Anchorage for 12 days and nights covering the full length of the railroad’s historic main line. Seats are available from late May through early September.
If you want to learn more about this milestone moment for the railroad, check out the Anchorage Museum’s special exhibit “All Aboard: the Alaska Railroad Centennial” starting Friday, May 5 which looks back at the history, impact, and legacy of the railroad.
Savor the Flavor
Learn about the city's unique food scene and how it came to be on a walking food tour of Downtown Anchorage with Alaskan Sights & Bites. This all-inclusive eating expedition gives you a taste of Alaska with stops at locally owned bars and restaurants throughout the city.
If you plan on eating your way through Anchorage, get rewarded for it. Sign up for the free Local Flavor Pass and explore Anchorage's food, fun, and entertainment scene. Check-in at participating businesses on the pass, start racking up points, and win prizes.
Elevate where you eat with a helicopter ride to Matanuska Glacier. Land by a blue pool and enjoy lunch and cocktails courtesy of Adventurous Winos. You can also take a sip on the wild side with their glacier margarita and whale-watching tour as well.
Coming in June, you’ll have one more location to grab a bite and beer at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport with 49th State Brewing opening inside the C concourse this summer.