What are the best things to do in Anchorage?

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Larry Olmsted

Cruise Prince William Sound is Anchorage’s top attraction: View whales, killer whales, sea otters, mountains and nature at its grandest. Options include sea kayak, sailing/catamaran or guided naturalist cruises with many choices, all easy to reach from downtown. With its huge float plan and ski plane center next to the city’s main airport, Anchorage is the hub for Alaska’s ultra-popular flightseeing day tours: Summer or winter you can view McKinley, North America’s tallest peak and surrounding Denali National park, land on glaciers or pristine lakes and basically take in the grandeur that is the Last Frontier from the very best vantage point, the air. Because Alaska is so outdoor oriented, hiking and biking (rentals available) are huge here and a number of easy to use, well marked and maintained trails leave right from downtown, the most popular if which is the 11-mile paved and boardwalk Tony Knowles Nature Trail, which runs from the heart of Anchorage out along the coast to Kincaid Park.

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