Alaska Botanical Garden


The garden is a colorful showcase for native species, where gentle paths lead you through groomed herb, rock and perennial gardens in a wooded setting. The mile-long Lowenfels-Hoersting Family Nature Trail – built for tanks during WWII – is a great place to learn your basic Alaskan botany or just to stroll and watch the bald eagles pluck salmon from Campbell Creek. Guided tours are offered by appointment.

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1. Far North Bicentennial Park

0.72 MILES

Comprising 4000 acres of forest and muskeg in east central Anchorage, this park features 20 miles of trails. In the center of the park is the Bureau of…

2. Alaska Native Medical Center

1.36 MILES

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3. University of Alaska Anchorage

2.35 MILES

UA-Anchorage is the largest college campus in Alaska. The Campus Center is home to a small art gallery and the bookstore, which has a good selection of…

4. Goose Lake

2.37 MILES

You’ll stop complaining about global warming once you experience an 85°F (29°C) Anchorage afternoon at Goose Lake. Just off Northern Lights Blvd, this is…

6. Russian Jack Springs Park

2.73 MILES

Named after the original homesteader of the site, this 300-acre park is south of Glenn Hwy on Boniface Pkwy. The park has tennis courts, hiking and…

7. Alaska Zoo

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The unique wildlife of the Arctic is on display at this zoo, the only one in North America that specializes in northern animals, including snow leopards,…

8. Alaska Native Heritage Center


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