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 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 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…
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…
Performing Arts in Anchorage

Alaska Center for the Performing Arts

Impresses tourists with the 40-minute film Aurora: Alaska’s Great Northern Lights (adult/child $13/7), screened on the hour from 9am to 9pm during summer in its Sydney Laurence Theatre. It’s also home to the Anchora…
Zoo in Anchorage

Alaska Zoo

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, Amur tigers and Tibetan yaks. Alaskan native species, from wo…
Historic Building in Anchorage

Oscar Anderson House

Housed in the city’s oldest wooden-framed home, this little museum overlooks the delightful Elderberry Park. Anderson was the 18th American settler to set foot in Anchorage, and he built his house in 1915. Today it’…