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Sightseeing Frequently Asked Questions

With 663,300 square miles, 6 main cultural regions and 20 main ecological regions, travel in the Great Land poses challenges different than anywhere else on earth. Specialized know-how is required in order to travel safely and conquer your Alaska to-do list.

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Downtown Anchorage moose
Moose at 13th Ave and I St, 1/2 mile from downtown Anchorage

Moose live in the city limits of Anchorage; where are the hot spots to go to see these urban moose?

Every once in a while one of these big game animals makes its way into downtown Anchorage. You may have better luck going to some of the places that are on the outskirts of town, like Kincaid Park, Far North Bicentennial Park, Hillside Trail System or south by Potters Marsh. If you are out biking or running on trails make sure to always be prepared for an animal encounter! Moose have been known to chase after pedestrians, so wait for the coast to be clear and move past slowly and cautiously. 

Eagle Shoup Trail Valdez
Bald Eagle at Shoup Trail, Valdez

Where can we go to bird watch?

Westchester Lagoon is a great and easily accessible area that is located in downtown Anchorage. Take a short drive south of Anchorage to Potters Marsh and walk along the boardwalk that extends into a portion on the marsh to watch the many nesting birds. And if you are going to be visiting between late August and early September you can go and witness thousands of Sandhill Cranes at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge in Fairbanks.

Salmon under the Ship Creek viewing bridge at the old power station

Where can we go to see salmon?

During the summer months salmon swim upstream in many of the rivers in Alaska. There are a few places, such as the salmon viewing bridge in downtown Anchorage above Ship Creek or the viewing dock on the Potters Marsh boardwalk, that have structures to stand on and watch the fish. Also in Anchorage is the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's William Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery at 941 N Reese Blvd, where visitors are welcome 7 days a week.

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Error in element (see logs)
Error in element (see logs)
First year black bear cubs
First year black bear cubs

Where can I go to be guaranteed to see animals?

The Alaska Zoo in Anchorage, Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center south on the Seward Highway at about mile 47 (just before the Portage Glacier road turnoff) and the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward are great places where you can see Alaskan animals from a safe distance, or you can visit the Anchorage Public Lands Information Center for animal presentations and demonstrations. 

View of a fully snow-covered cone-shaped mountain contrasted with a deep blue sky.  Mount Shishaldin is a volcano. Did You Know?
The world’s most symmetrical cone-shaped glacier-clad mountain is a volcano in the eastern Aleutian Islands. Mount Shishaldin, at 9,372 feet tall, is not only the highest point in the Aleutian Islands, but is also perfectly symmetrical for almost 3,000 feet.