The heart of Anchorage - the downtown and central business district, has a great deal to offer - all within walking distance. You'll find great shopping (both large stores such as Nordstrom’s to small "hole in the wall" places that you'll find that fun gift no one else has), offices (for example the Atwood Building), cultural activities, great dining places, and Anchorage’s nightlife. There is always something fun or interesting on the Park Strip, from softball games to civic events. The west side of the city is bordered by the Tony Knowles walking path with fantastic views of the water - Cook Inlet and Sleeping Lady Mountain in the distance! Really, there isn’t a nicer bike trail anywhere, and this trail is used by walkers, runners, in-line skaters, bikers and cross country skiers in the winter.
Whether you’re a visitor or local, attractions like these will always make you enjoy Anchorage:
Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
The Alaska Center for the Performing Arts began as just a dream. It was the dream of community leaders who believed that the performing arts in Alaska needed a permanent place they could call home. Prior to that time Anchorage had limited events because of the lack of a venue. So in 1988, the Center, also known as “PAC”, opened its doors. Here you can experience year-round entertainment like concerts, classic symphony orchestras, dance, theatre, shows, family events, musicals, and other forms of performing arts.
Check out the website for more information and upcoming events: http://www.myalaskacenter.com/
If you would like to experience the aurora, but don’t want to depend on your luck to see it, pay a visit to this show. You see, most of the time when locals see the aurora borealis, the northern lights, it’s in a dark place outside of the city and very cold outside. Alaska's great Aurora Borealis is presented in a stunning digital presentation set to incredible original music scores. The Aurora Collection, the largest collection of its kind in the world, will leave you breathless…awe-struck…and perhaps inspire you to pursue seeing world class aurora in person one day.
The Anchorage Museum brings the best of Alaska to the world and the best of the world to Alaska. Through a combination of art, history and science the Anchorage Museum creates a rich, deep understanding of the human experience and offers something for everyone. A world-class museum located in the heart of Alaska's largest city, the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center began as a public-private partnership to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the purchase of Alaska from Russia. The Museum opened its doors in 1968 with an exhibition of 60 borrowed Alaska paintings, and a collection of 2,500 historic and ethnographic objects loaned from the Cook Inlet Historical Society.
Resolution Park & Captain Cook Monument
In honor of the American Revolution Bicentennial a “People Preserve” was created downtown. The park was created on 3 lots from the original Anchorage Town site. From the top of the bluff you can view Sleeping Lady Mountain, Mt. Susitna as well as Mt. Foraker and the great Denali or Mt. McKinley. The park overlooks Turnagain Arm which was named by Captain Cook in 1778 because he was unable to continue with this route while searching for a Northwest Passage. A statue of Captain Cook was duplicated from one in Whitby, Yorkshire England. It was presented to the Municipality by British Petroleum. The park is named Resolution Park after Captain Cook’s ship.