How to See a Moose in the First Hour in Anchorage
Anchorage loves its moose, and moose love Anchorage. With around 1,500 of them living in and around the city, they turn up in parks, backyards and even in downtown.
If a moose is a must, you can see one within the hour. Snap a photo that shows everyone you’ve made it to Alaska just after arriving in Anchorage.
Grab your bags.
You made it to Anchorage! Look up as you head down to baggage claim; the big windows look east to the Chugach Mountains.
Rent a car or hire a cab.
There will be time for tours tomorrow, but head straight for moose country first. Rental vehicles are available on-site at the airport, and cabs pick up just outside the terminal.
Set your destination as Point Woronzof Park in maps.
Silly name, serious views. Plug in Point Woronzof Park on your preferred map app. The park sits at the edge of Cook Inlet, with some fantastic views.
Keep your eyes peeled.
Moose are everywhere in Anchorage. With so many in the city, they pop up everywhere, but especially relish the type of terrain along this route. As soon as you are in the car, start looking for moose. The moose crossing road signs make a nice photo op too. Travel time is 8 minutes, about 3.5 miles.
Go a little farther.
Nothing yet? Woronzof is a nice spot for views, and the Alaska Range mountains are right before your eyes. Continue down the road farther. You're on the far side of the airport on Point Woronzof road. Watch both sides of the road. Moose love the forest on the passenger side, but sometimes browse on the driver's side too. You won't get lost. When the road ends, it's time to turn around. Travel time is another 10 minutes, about 3 miles more.
You're in prime moose-land! Don't stop looking when you make the turn to head to the hotel. Moose come and go as they please. One could emerge on the way back too.
This is just day one! Many day tours focus on wildlife viewing, and the Alaska Zoo and Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center are excellent places to learn more about moose and other Alaska animals. The biologists at each are full of moose-facts, and both places have many other species to boot.
One other thing: You’d think it goes without saying, but give any wild animal plenty of space. Don’t get too close, and watch for changes in behavior that might signal you’re bugging them. It’s best to snap photos from the car.