Anchorage Outdoors: Take Advantage of the Natural Beauty in and around the City of Lights
by Dan Wolf
on Thursday, May 30th, 2013 at 1:17pm.
Much of what draws people to relocate to Alaska every year is the boundless and dazzling natural beauty of the landscape, and much of what keeps them here has to do with the availability of activities that take advantage of that landscape. If you’ve ever described yourself as “outdoorsy,” but also want to live close to amenities and cultural diversions, Anchorage is the city for you. Check out some of the adrenaline-pumping, mind-expanding hobbies you could take up in the great and wild Anchorage outdoors.
Geocaching combines the thrill and rewards of a scavenger hunt with the brain-stretching properties of a logic puzzle, and it does this all against a beautiful natural backdrop. The goal of this outdoor activity is to use GPS coordinates and other clues to eventually find a “cache,” usually some kind of Tupperware box containing trinkets and a log book. Once you find the cache, you enter your name into the logbook as well as the date, then take something from it, and leave something behind. There are caches all over the world, and you can find many in Anchorage.
With its deliciously brisk winter temperatures and tall mountains, Alaska is the perfect destination for skiers. While you’ll have plenty of skiing options near Anchorage, fewer offer the unique adventure of heli-skiing. Heli-skiing is done off-trail, and you access your terrain via helicopter, which definitely beats the agonizingly slow climb of a ski-lift any day! It also allows you some comfort and protection otherwise not afforded when skiing off-trail. It’s the perfect option for anyone seeking natural terrain that hasn’t been manipulated by ski resorts. Girdwood, a 40 minute drive west of Anchorage, is home to a number of heli-ski operations!
You can go sightseeing almost anywhere, but how many American towns boast such a large number of flightseeingoptions? Flightseeing is just what it sounds like- a guided tour of local views, all from the window of a small two-seater plane.
Nothing says “outdoors-lovers’-heaven” like "third largest state park in America." Just outside of your potential new home lies half a million acres of hiking, biking, camping, fishing, skiing, climbing, and rafting. Chugach State Park has been listed as one of the top ten best state parks in the entire country, and it could be in your backyard.
In how many American cities can you say, “I’m going downtown to go fishing?” Few. Very few. And Anchorage is one of them. Devoted anglers will be able to fish for succulent pink salmon to their hearts’ content at Ship Creek. There are also a multitude of good spots for fishing and ice fishing in and around Anchorage.
This is just a taster of the kinds of outdoor recreation available in Anchorage, Alaska. Contact us for more information regarding your relocation.