Anchorage is a very laid back city when it comes to fashion and dress code. In fact, there are no restaurants with a dress code (other than you should be dressed) in this city. I imagine it’s because it’s so cold a lot of the time that you need to dress in layers and keeping warm is a top priority. I do like this about the city because you don’t have to stand around and wonder how you are going to pull off a dressy outfit during a blizzard. But this does allow for people to come up with some interesting choices or to not get out of sweatpants when ordering a fancy meal. Sometimes, it’s a bit strange but it puts a colorful group of people together. For the visitor, it’s nice that you can come back from a hike or from fishing and get something to eat.
When we got the list of places to eat and cafes and stuff, we noticed the extensive list of places to get coffee. We were very excited about this. However, and this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, the places where you actually go in and sit down to enjoy your coffee are less common than the drive-thru coffee places. I’m not talking about your typical fast food/carry out only establishments—these are mobile coffee joints and they are everywhere. (Much like Pacific Northwest in the lower 48) In parking lots, on corners, along the roads—no shortage of these in the least. They each have catchy names (like Mocha in Motion), a unique design (like a train car) and some serve much more the coffee. The ones that just have coffee still have an extensive set up. Every combination you can think of—many more options than say, Starbucks. Milky Way, Snickers, pumpkin…all kinds.
Some of them have very strange combinations of food and coffee like the picture here. I’ve never in my life thought “I could use a great shot of espresso and reindeer jerky for that long drive”
You might be more likely to see a moose by accident than when you are looking for one! They often wander into town and you could encounter them in the strangest places...by the side of the road, downtown, next to an office building, outside the window at a restaurant you're sitting in. They really are incredible creatures that manage to pull off a mix of awkwardness and grace in their manner/movements at the same time.
Be sure to drop by these cheap roadside stands to pick up some coffee, espresso, cappucino, etc..... Designed to serve right to your car to avoid the cold. The places usually hire beautiful young women to serve you since you can only see the person from the waist up. They actually even have calendars for sale of "the women of the coffeeshops." Aside from the scenery, coffee is required to stay awake when the dark months creep in.
Locals appreciate the espresso, pastries, and gourmet food choices of New Sagaya markets. There are two located in Anchorage. At the downtown location a quaint seating area is set up outdoors to enjoy the beautiful, Alaskan, summer sunshine.
This strange platform in the heart of Anchorage is not the prettiest thing, but certainly an interesting one. Located near railway station, the Ship Creek runs throught the town, bringing more than 24 million gallons of rushing water from Eklutna glacier.
The viewing platform offers visitors an opportunity to watch salmon run while fishermen attempt to hook them.
Sp every summer, around June, the platform is full of people,locals and tourists, watching the salmon running and the high jumps of this king fish.
Title Wave Books is the largest independent bookstore in Alaska, and one of the largest new-and-used bookstores in the entire country! This is a wonderland for me, with its hundreds of shelves of books and a nice cozy Kaladi coffee shop. Plus the location is great and yeah, i coudl spend hours andb hours in this place. It has
33,000 square feet all on one level, plenty of room for jillions of great used books as well as a larger selection of new books. And it is open seven days a week.
In the Northern Lights Center on West Northern Lights between Spenard and Minnesota..
Each winter Anchorage is host to two of the world's greatest sled dog races, the Fur Rendezvous World Championship Dog Sled Race and the Iditarod. This is the starting line for both of these great races.
The World Championship Sled Dog Race is one of the fastest, toughest and oldest races of its kind. First run in 1946, it is a part of the Fur Rendezvous, the premier winter festival in Alaska.
The Iditarod had its beginning as a mail and supply route from the coastal towns of Seward and Knik, northeastward through several interior mining camps, and ultimately to Nome on the Bering Sea. In 1925 the Iditarod Trail became a life saving highway when Nome was stricken by a diptheria epidemic. The only way to get serum to that remote town in winter was by intrepid dog mushers and their faithful hard-driving dogs. The modern Iditarod dog sled race began in 1973, to commemorate that event. It has been aptly called "The Last Great Race on Earth," covering 1,150 miles and taking from 10 to 17 days through some of the most inhospital terrain on earth.
On 4th Avenue, between D and E Streets.
Yes, there are Borders everywhere in States. But Anchorage has a really nice one. I spent time here every week. Not just time, money too. For coffee, for books. I could call it my living room.
They have a good selection of Alaska books here, good cards and the coffee shop is awe. Rows of magazines and the service is friendly.
I do miss it. My first weeks in Anchorage were very difficult, very sad. I was so alone. So lonely. I remember one Saturday, when I biked like crazy around the town, just be able to 'do' something, not just think. During my bike I found Borders. It felt like heaven. I mean, it was open until 10pm, there were millions of good books, cafeteria and nice people. I didn't care that I had frozen good in my backpack, I just spent hours and hours there.
No wonder I have special bond with this place:)
After the halibut (just my opinion dear) the best fish of Alaska is the Coper River Salmon. All that rush and hush for this fish is totally earned. What makes people so much to belong this special salmon? One bite of it, and you don't wanna any other salmons anymore.
Too bad that the peak time of Copper River salmon lasts only three to four weeks.
The Copper River flows in the state of Alaska. Almost 300 miles in length, this wild rushing river empties into Prince William Sound at the town of Cordova. Salmon that originate in these pristine waters are challenged by its length and its strong, chill rapids. Consequently, Copper River salmon are strong, robust creatures with a healthy store of natural oils and body fat. These qualities make the salmon among the richest, tastiest fish in the world.
There are many misconceptions about Alaska. One is that we all live in Igloos. We Don't! The only igloos you will see (outside of gift shops) are the ones at the airport used for hauling mail and freight on airplanes.
We were on our way to Earthquake Park and I just had to stop and get this photo of an Igloo in Alaska.
We live in a beautiful place, and don't want it mussed up by thoughtless people who litter, so please find an trash recepticle for any unwanted items.
This dumpster is located at the House of Harley, and is the prettiest darn dumpster I have ever seen!
You can go to the Alaska Zoo and make a friend. Children enjoy the petting zoo, and animals like this camel that enjoy visitors stopping by. It’s a really great place for children to learn a little about some animals native to Alaska, and also from foreign lands. The Alaska Zoo is a popular destination for families and school groups, but there is plenty for adults as well... supporting a good cause. Some of the animals they’ve had over the years were orphans who needed a place to be safe. When I was young one of the more popular animals for about twenty years was Binky, an orphaned polar bear, or nanook, who found a home at the Alaska Zoo and one the hearts of Alaskans and visitors alike. Binky and Nuka, another polar bear, lived there for years. Binky hit the national news one year when some foolish person tried to get in his cage. Binky and his friend Nuka passed away in 1995.
Ship Creek is a small creek running through the center of Anchorage, parallel to the railroad. Only half a mile east of Anchorage Train Station on Whitney Rd, you'll find a salmon viewing platform. Combat fishing is popular in the summer when salmon swim up the creek from Cook Inlet.
Combat fishing in Ship Creek can be quite a sight if you have never seen it before. Fishermen stand shoulder to shoulder along the bank or in the water. They cast their lines so fast it's like fly fishing.
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?