Highway 1 along Turnagain Arm of Cook Inlet
For my money, the most scenic highway in the U.S. If you are familiar with the Porsche Boxer commercial which airs on U.S. tv, it was filmed on this road. As the old codger in the vintage Boxer says, "Holy Moly!"
Turnagain Arm: Mountains, Water, Trees and Ice
Every inch of Turnagain Arm is brilliant. Mountains on either side of the channel. The forests climb the mountainsides. And even at the very end of summer, the mountains sport ice, snow and glaciers at the higher elevations.
Barber Shop in the sub Arctic!
Be friendly with the locals and they just might let you visit this barber shop! I think it might be a secret, because I had never heard of it until I walked past it on a cold cold Sunday this past Feburary! It's rather reassuring looking with it's welcoming pole, don't you think?
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
This wonderful and well maintained trail goes along the coast of Anchorage, starting from downtown and continuing to South-West.
You can bike, walk or jogg along it. I really recommend it, no matter the season. It is in good condition in winter time. If you're lucky you might see the moose there.
In the winter time there are also ski trails.
You can start this trail from downtown, just behind of Captain Cook Inlet.
Alaska Native Artwork in a Hospital?
Indeed. One of the very best collections of Alaska Native arts and crafts is on permanent display (I hope) at the Alaska Native Medical Center. Whether in large display cases on each floor lobby, in smaller, lighted display cases in the stairwell (up five floors), or along each hallway corridor, all of the major Alaska Native groups--Aleut, Athabascan, Haida, Inupiat, Tlingit, Tsimpsian,Yu'pik (and their subgroups or clans)--are well represented by master craftspeople.
It is a beautiful assortment. Beadwork, skin sewing, ivory and other carvings, masks, and grass basketry can make for a nice, leisurely tour.
None of the display items are for sale. There is, however, a small gift shop on the first floor that is open for limited hours each week day. People offer their items for direct sale (I'm not sure what the auxiliary charges for this service), and prices are better than at the local commercial outlets.
The Alaska Native Medical Center is on Ambassador Drive, between Bragaw Street and Tudor Centre Drive.