Brian Adams

Mountain View, Russian Jack & Airport Heights

Welcoming, lively Mountain View and the surrounding areas sparkle with hidden gems and vibrant neighborhood character. Summer days mean basketball courts busy with pickup games, the scent of barbecue drifting up from park pavilions and backyard grills, bike lanes whirring with cyclists and skaters, and community gardens lush with carefully tended greens.

Walkable Mountain View is lined with sidewalks, and accessible trail connections make for fast and easy bike rides between neighboring Downtown, Russian Jack, and Airport Heights. The Peterkin Bike Boulevard ties the eastern end of the Ship Creek Trail to the Glenn Highway Bike Path; cross Mountain View Drive and head south at the McCarrey Street overpass to connect to the Lanie Fleischer Chester Creek Trail via Russian Jack Park.

Speaking of area parks: Mountain View-area greenspaces feature accessible play structures and little league fields, a disc golf course, rugby pitches, sledding hills, and picnic facilities. The restaurants dotting Mountain View Drive reflect the cultural diversity of the neighborhood around them — enjoy cuisines ranging from Hawaiian and German to Vietnamese, Japanese, Mexican, and more. Find Jamico’s, one of Anchorage’s oldest continuously operating pizzerias. Satisfy your sweet tooth at an area bakery, cupcake shop, or old-fashioned candy store, then try a fresh craft beverage at northeast Anchorage’s only neighborhood brewery.

In Russian Jack, the Mann Leiser Memorial Greenhouse provides a publicly accessible tropical oasis. The adjacent Airport Heights neighborhood is home to Tikishla Park and the Scotty Gomez Hockey Rink — the childhood ice rink of homegrown NHL star Scotty Gomez.

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