Covering a quaint 120-block space at the edge of Cook Inlet, downtown Anchorage is a walkable, well-connected place offering easy access to some of the city’s most iconic attractions.
The neighborhood is bordered by the Delaney Park Strip to the south and Ship Creek to the north, with streets arranged in a neat grid ordered by letter and number. The best part? Scenic overlooks, hotels, convention centers, trails, cafes, shops, parks and gardens are never more than a 10-minute walk away.
Find easy access to the Alaska Railroad Depot and the Ship Creek salmon run via 1st Avenue, then stroll up 2nd Avenue to visit the Eisenhower Statehood Monument. Access Resolution Park and views of Denali and Cook Inlet via 3rd Avenue, and find Visit Anchorage’s iconic Log Cabin Visitor Center on 4th Avenue. This central street is also home to the Anchorage Mushing District, where residents and visitors gather to watch the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and the start of the World Championship Sled Dog Races.
Both 5th and 6th Avenue parallel Town Square Park and the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts; across the street is the Egan Civic & Convention Center, and two blocks away, on 7th Avenue, is the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center. Office buildings and boutiques line 8th Avenue, and 9th Avenue parallels the Delaney Park Strip and its skating rink, tennis courts, and rose garden.
In between it all, the lettered side streets also offer lively dining and entertainment options: Find cozy pubs frequented by locals, elegant eateries serving fresh Alaska-grown fare, art galleries, and performance venues. It never takes more than a few minutes to walk from one to the other.
That’s the charm of downtown Anchorage. While expansive views immerse guests in Alaska’s outsized natural splendor, the compact layout makes it simple to navigate from hotel to meeting session to midday sightseeing excursion to after-hours entertainment.