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Anchorage, Alaska Summer Guide: 4 Fun Things to Do in Anchorage

Updated: Apr 27

Anchorage is a city located in the state of Alaska and with a population of close to 300,000, it contains nearly 40% of the state’s population. Summer in Anchorage is one of the best times to visit, with temperatures reaching the high 60s and the Summer solstice giving up to 23 hours of daylight, there are endless possibilities for adventure. Here are 4 exciting activities to do during your visit to Anchorage.

view of a street in downtown Anchorage
Downtown Anchorage

1. Rent Bikes and Take a Ride Down the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

The 22-mile out-and-back trail is a popular route in Anchorage. Many visitors and tourists use this trail for walking, biking, running, and bird watching. This was a really nice bike ride with beautiful coastal, forest, and mountain views. We even saw a moose along the way. This is a great activity to get outdoors and explore.

Toney Knowles costal trail , a section through the forest
A section of the Tony Knowles Costal Trail

Tony Knowles Costal Trail
Tony Knowles Costal Trail

2. Go for a Hike in Chugach State Park

Located just 23 minutes from the city center, sits one of the four largest state parks in the U.S. The park spans 495,000 acres and contains miles of trails for every skill and adventure level. We hiked one of the most popular trails in the park called Flattop Mountain. This trail is 2.8 miles of a steep uphill climb with a rock scramble as you get closer to the top. It’s a great trail for those that want a challenging hike and the views are breathtaking.

Mountain views  along flattop mountain trail
Views along Flattop Mountain Trail

Mountain views  along flattop mountain trail
Views along Flattop Mountain Trail

When it’s Summer in Anchorage every weekend locals and visitors head to Alaska’s largest open-air market! This is a great place to shop from local artisans and eat at local food stands. I tried “Korn Fritters” with honey butter at the Alaskan Halibut stand and they were delicious!

Alaskan Halibut food stand at the Saturday and Sunday Market
Alaskan Halibut Food Stand

Did you know that per capita Alaska is ranked number 4 nationally in craft beer production and 8th in the number of breweries? I didn’t, I just found out recently! If you are not a beer drinker but you are traveling with someone that is, many of these breweries also have delicious food and ciders to enjoy. My favorite place was the 49th State Brewing Co. located in downtown Anchorage. This brewpub has a rooftop deck with gorgeous views and delicious food.

Street View of 49th State Brewing
49th State Brewing

There are many activities and tours to do in Anchorage making this a great city to explore during your visit to Alaska.



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