Q. My son has been up in Anchorage since Memorial day working for the summer. My husband is going up to see him on September 12, and we’d like to know what ideas you have of what they might do? -John’s wife
A. Well, I’m sure they will have a really wonderful time! We have lived her about 34 years now, and love to entertain our visitors. Some places that we nearly always take them are as follows: The Native American Heritage Center out in the Muldoon area. It is a vast museum of all the native tribes of Alaska, and has real live ‘natives’ busy at different things like beading, smoking fish,carving totems, etc. There is a stage which has several performances a day of dancing and story telling. Out on the grounds there are 3 ‘authentic’ Indian and Eskimo villages you can tour. You could easily stay there most of a day.
Sourdough Mining Company is a wonderful place to eat. Big old barn of a place made to look like the inside of a mine. The food is incredible and every meal comes with a make-your-own ice cream sundae bar! There is a white tent next to it where an old sourdough named Rusty Sourdough puts on an hour of entertainment. Right across the street is the Alaska Wild Berry Products factory. (better known as the Chocolate Factory!) It boasts the world’s largest chocolate waterfall.
Just south of Anchorage about 20 or 30 miles is a place called Portage Glacier which is a nice tourist spot and a scenic drive along the inlet.
In downtown Anchorage, be sure to go to the Alaska Experience Theatre on 6th Avenue. It is one of those theatres with a big wrap around screen and lean back seats and you truly feel as if you have seen the whole state when you come out of there! (you also might feel a little airsick from the ride in a ‘bush plane’ across the tundra.) I have known people to take dramamine!
The museam is wonderful also. It is right in downtown area. The exhibits upstairs and around the edge of the upstairs are particularly worthwhile. There are good sized dioramas of native villages, gold miners cabins, dog teams, etc.
We even have a water park. It is called H2Oasis! Costs about twenty bucks I think, but you can stay all day. Of course you then come out looking like a prune….but hey! you got your moneys worth eh?
Earthquake Park is interesting where you can see some of the wierd ground formations, etc. left over from the great quake of 1964.
Only about 42 miles from Anchorage you will find the Iditarod Headquarters and can even take a dog sled ride. There is also the Musk Ox Farm.
I don’t have the train schedule right at hand, but I know the train goes up to Fairbanks from Anchorage once a day….and comes back down the next day. So you have to overnight in Fairbanks. While you are there, you might want to take the Riverboat Discovery and visit Pioneer Park.
Hey, if you want to meet a ‘real Alaskan’ when you get here….I would be happy to tell you more about the state in person. Just drop me an e mail at firstname.lastname@example.org We could share a cuppa joe and share a piece of muktuk! ha ha (I’ll have to look for that one) Hope this helps.