Alaska Backpackers Inn

327 Eagle Street, Anchorage, Alaska, 99501, United States
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G Street House B&B

by a96m97

Do you know this accomodation?
Have you tried it?
I would like to hear any positive or negative comments.

RE: G Street House B&B

by RickinDutch

I thought I knew Anchorage like the back of my hand - but I'd never heard of G Street B&B. So I called a buddy who works for Anchorage tourism office (ACVB). He said it has been around a long time and has a solid reputation. Clean, spacious and within walking distance from downtown. also had good things to say. Nice find young lady! How are the kids?

G Street House B&B

by a96m97

Thank you very much for checking at the Anchorage Visitors Bureau!
Glad I made you learn something new!!
Summer is here and my daughter could not be happier!

Travel Tips for Anchorage

You must take a drive down...

by cscak1

You must take a drive down toward the south just before sunset. If you turn around at Beluga Point or Girdwood and head back when the sun dips down below the horizon, you will see a sunset that can only be seen here. Summer is fine to do this, but the better colors come in the winter. Obviously you need a clear sky. I remember when this town was much smaller than it is now. My grandfather was a buisness owner for 35 years and he handed the resturant to my mother. The buisness folded when McDonalds opened up down the street. Now that McDonalds is gone because they couldn't keep up with the street vendors downtown. Ironic eh? Big corporation squashed by the little guy.

Wyland Whale Mural

by Stephen-KarenConn

On the east side of Town Square, on E Street, you will see a huge whale mural, or Whaling Wall, which was painted freehand by sea-life artist Wyland in 1994. This is one of 84 such life-size ocean murals which Wyland had painted in cities throughout the U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. The famous artist, known only as Wyland, was born Robert Wyland in a Detroit suburb in 1956. He has overcome personal poverty and physical handicaps to paint these murals which are now seen by an estimated one billion people per year. Wyland's goal is to make people all over the world aware of the struggle of whales, dolphins and all ocean life.

You may take a very interesting virtual journey with Wyland by clicking the web link below.

Pack for the weather and season.

by Tugboatguy

I use a carryon bag with extensible handle and wheels making fast entry and exits from the airport, despite the flight security screening and precautions. Try to avoid a checked bag if you can. Wear or bring comfortable hiking shoes and thong rubber sandals for shower safety. In August a light rainproof jacket and a Tilley sun hat were enough in Anchorage. The days were 60-64 degrees F and the jacket mainly stayed in the car. Remember to bring a large plastic sack for used clothing that will need washing later. Do NOT take off jewelry, rings or an expensive wristwatch at airport security. They will wand you to find the obvious metal items. A kind lady guard returned one of my rings I inadvertently removed, scolding me never to do that again. So, think before you start stripping yourself of valuables. A wallet or purse will have to go through the X-ray machine; best to hand it to the attendant personally for screening. Watch your bins! Remember your usual medications, prescription pills and over the counter stuff you normally need. I needed to buy nothing of the sort in Anchorage. I brought my digital camera and took 455 pictures. I carried spare SD memory cards and the camera battery charger. I use a pocket digital camera about size of a king size cigarette pack (I'm old enough to remember those), and always have the camera with me. It rained 4 of 6 days in Anchorage in August. Never heavy, sometimes just a mist. Two days on the weekend were glorious sun with beautiful white cloud formations over the nearby mountain ranges.

Anchorage Area Hikes - Bird Ridge

by onebadcat

This is a truly spectacular hike in an easily accessible part of Chugach State Park. No matter how high you get on Bird Ridge you will have awesome views of Turnagain Arm. With it's south-facing slopes this hike is one of the first to clear of snow making it a great spring warm-up. If you make it to the top you can sit in a protected nook with lush green ridges and peaks rolling out at your feet and watch eagles and ravens glide on updrafts in search of food. And, the wildflowers can be great up here during spring. High point on the ridge is a 13 mile round trip with 5500 feet of elevation gain but with treeline ending about half way up you don't need to go all the way to enjoy the views.

From the trailhead follow the unmistakable 'improved trail' a quarter mile to the outhouses. Here you will start to climb big time! Don't let the first mile or so get to you - it is the steepest (or so it seems) part of the hike. As you climb toward treeline the trail will get a bit narrower but is still very easy to follow. A lot of people will turn around or at least take a break at the first major bump in the ridge. This is the first of at least four 'false summits' on the way to the true high point. Just keep in mind that once you have reached that first bump the going gets easier as you wander the ridge toward the true high point. Good footwear is a must! Bring extra clothes, water and food as conditions tend to change from top to bottom. Can be quite a bit of wind on top so be prepared in those conditions for gusts.

Drive down Turnagain Arm

by RickinDutch

The main road out of Anchorage heading south is called the Seward Highway. It's about a 50 minute drive to Girdwood which is Alaska's largest ski resort. Another 10 minutes further on is Portage Glacier. Keep going and you can reach Seward, Kenai and Homer and all the great spots on the Kenai Peninsula.

The Seward Highway has many scenic turnouts to see the sights as you head south along Turnagain Arm. The bore tide is great to watch. Usually some windsurfers out enjoying the breeze. Beluga whales can usually be seen. Trailheads all along the way to get back into the Chugach range.

If you see a lot of cars pulled over and folks looking up at the cliffs, pull over yourself because there lots of dall sheep on the cliffs.

Turnagain Arm was named by Captain Cook on his third voyage. He anchored off present day Anchorage and thought he had found the northwest passage. He sent Lt. Bligh up this arm thinking it was a navigable river. Lt. Vancouver was sent north to explore what also appeared to be a great river. Both returned empty handed. Had to turn again - darn it!


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Address: 327 Eagle Street, Anchorage, Alaska, 99501, United States