Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Anchorage

Anchorage Museum

This world-class facility is Anchorage’s cultural jewel. The West Wing, a four-story, shimmering, mirrored facade, adds 80,000 sq ft to what was already the largest museum in the state, and a new wing was under cons…
Top Choice Cultural Center in Anchorage

Alaska Native Heritage Center

If you can't travel to the Bush region to experience Native Alaska culture firsthand, visit this 26-acre center and see how humans survived – and thrived – before central heating. This is much more than just a museu…
Top Choice Modern American in Girdwood

Jack Sprat

Creative fresh cuisine at the base of the ski hill. Many dishes are vegetarian friendly and made from organically grown ingredients. Homemade almond-milk lattes and the constant favorite bibimbap (a Korean-influence…
Top Choice Theater in Anchorage

Cyrano's Theatre Company

This small off-center playhouse is the best live theater in town, staging everything from Hamlet to Archy and Mehitabel (comic cockroach and a cat characters), Mel Brooks’ jazz musical based on the poetry of Don Mar…
Top Choice Cafe in Anchorage

Snow City Café

Consistently voted best breakfast by Anchorage Press readers, this busy cafe serves healthy grub to a clientele that ranges from the tattooed to the up-and-coming. For breakfast, skip the usual eggs and toast and tr…
Top Choice Fusion in Palmer

Turkey Red

A bright and colorful cafe serving fresh dishes made from scratch including wonderful fresh-baked breads and desserts. Vegetarians won’t go hungry here, and much of the produce is organic and locally grown. Lunch is…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Anchorage

Dos Manos

Billing itself as a 'funktional' art gallery, Dos Manos sells locally crafted art and jewelry, and very cool Alaska-themed T-shirts. A recent expansion allows room for large works of fine art. A great place to get a…
Mine in Palmer

Independence Mine State Historical Park

The main attraction of Hatcher Pass is 272-acre Independence Mine State Historical Park, a huge, abandoned gold mine sprawled out in an alpine valley. The 1930s facility, built by the Alaska-Pacific Mining Company (…
Park in Anchorage

Far North Bicentennial Park

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 Land Management’s (BLM’s) Campbell Tract, a 700-acre wildlife p…
Park in Anchorage

Kincaid Park

At the western ‘nose’ of the peninsula and southern terminus of the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail is this beloved 1400-acre park populated by mountain bikers in the summer and Nordic skiers in the winter. Trails wind t…