Eagle River Travel Guide

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Eagle River Things to Do

  • Eagle River Nature Center

    I love the Eagle River Nature Center!Start off at the log cabin visitor center (you'll need to pay a $5 parking fee in here). You can get little map print outs and see some of the educational displays. Then, onto the trails!There are 4 main trails; Rodak Trail, Albert Loop Trail, Dew Mound Trail, and Crow Pass Trail (also known as Iditarod Trail)....

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  • Eagle River Nature Center

    This great visitor's center has many exhibits and information about the valley. It's also the gateway to Chugach State Park.

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Eagle River Restaurants

  • Bummer

    The HQG has been very disappointing of late. Ever since the big menu switch up the food has been pitiful. The service has always been inconsistent, but the overall unprofessional attitude and rudeness over the last couple visits is a huge turnoff. Ownership=Fail. Used to be scallops

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  • Mexican Cantina without the smoke!

    Garcia's is high on kitsch, high in calories but low in smoke- and that rates favorably in my book. Any day or night of the week you can walk into the restaurant, which has a raised platform cantina in it's center, and order typical, but freshly prepared Mexican dishes. The Margaritas and Daiquiris are adequate, nothing special. Decor is "South of...

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  • Coffee House with Options!

    Jitters has both a drive through option and a sit-in cafe. Pictured aside is the Drive-Through. Coffee is generally excellent with the usual assortment of baked goods and sandwiches! If you hate burnt coffee... trust yourself with the barristas here!

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Eagle River Nightlife

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    by spintobecca Written Jun 27, 2003

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    For young adults in Eagle River of legal drinking age, a nice time can be had out by stopping in at the (Super Americanized) Mexican Spot "Garcias". They have a cute raised bar and all the servers are young and energetic. Decor is dark and smoking is not allowed.

    Dress Code: Dress code is:
    You're a young yuppie visitng your parents
    or
    You're a young military guy taking a girl out on a date

    Related to:
    • Study Abroad
    • Road Trip
    • Backpacking

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Eagle River Transportation

  • There is no airport in Eagle River

    There is no airport to Eagle River, the train does not stop in the town either. To go to Eagle River, you must either drive or take the city bus "People Mover" from Anchorage. The bus system can pick you up at the airport, for schedules and information please see http://www.peoplemover.org

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  • This is a suburb of Anchorage....

    This is a suburb of Anchorage. Many people live here and commute to Anchorage everyday, adds about an hour of driving each day to your life. There are no airports here, you have to drive 45 mins to the Anchorage Airport.Eagle River is bike friendly, the commercial district is very compact. Hope your leg muscles are in top shape, this town is built...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Eagle River Shopping

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    by spintobecca Written Dec 30, 2002

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    The shops in Eagle River are small.. there are some glass artisans and woodworking... ah perhaps I've seen some jewelers...

    What to buy: Buy whatever you think you can suffer to live with or give as a gift.

    What to pay: Prices are reasonable.

    This is a bit of town...

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Eagle River Local Customs

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    by spintobecca Written Jan 21, 2003

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    You can tell much about an Alaskan by how they drive when the first snow hits. A longtime Alaskan will slow down and alter their driving habits to accomodate the new icy conditions. People new the area will continue to drive as though the roads were optimal, and will end up in accidents.

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Eagle River Warnings and Dangers

  • Driving here:

    Everyone be safe on your drive to Eagle River, residents drive like they are all intoxicated and afflicted with a huge lead foot. Please drive in the slow lane, the middle and left are for people with high insurance rates. Also, there is only ONE road to Eagle River (Glynn Highway), so if there is an accident- expect long traffic delays.

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  • Old Seward vs. New Seward

    Don't get the Old Seward Highway and the New Seward Highway confused! As it's name betrays, the Old Seward Highway is the older version of the path up north, it's a beautiful drive, but dark and windy in the winter. The New Seward Highway is the fast modern laned highway.

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Eagle River Tourist Traps

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    by spintobecca Written Jan 21, 2003

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    NEVER NEVER buy "Alaskan Art" souvenirs from gas stations. You will only be purchasing mass produced items and taking your dollars away from the Alaskan artist's community. Most boutiques in Anchorage, and other cities in Alaska will always provide a certificate of authenticity.

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Eagle River What to Pack

  • Summer Packing List

    As with winter, bring whatever you don't mind getting scuffed up! Clothing, it's going to be in the 70s, so bring shorts, light weight pants, miniskirts if you are going to Koots (Guys you can bring miniskirts too, but don't wear them to Koots). Footwear should be activity appropriate. Polarfleece vests are perfect. If you are worried you won't be...

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  • Winter Packing List:

    Bring whatever you feel like getting wet with snow. Duffel bags work wonders. Shoes: If you don't plan on "hiking" you can get away with tennis shoes. I wear open toed high heals all season, people shovel their walk ways! Gloves and something to cover your face (read: scarf). Anchorage fashion is basically whatever Seattle was wearing last year.

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Eagle River Sports & Outdoors

  • Eagle River Nature Center

    The Eagle River Nature Center offers a variety of fun, Alaskan activities. This place would be enjoyable for anyone, from the hardcore traveler, to the weekend warrior. It is the access point to 4 seperate trails, with maps available for hiking. If you enjoy rafting, this is also your place! You can also rent cabins, see website for more...

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  • Paragliding?

    People jump off the mountains in this picture (in the summer) with their brightly colored paragliding wings!

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Eagle River Favorites

  • Nature and a bit of shopping

    Eagle River has a Walmart, along with the usual fast food and gas stations. Small boutiques offer bits of daily life available to pack away and take home. You can go camping in town, a lovely campground situated on the river and there is a nature center with hiking trails.

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  • Great Parks/Sunlight

    Eagle River has many great parks open to summer time activities. Notice the long shadow in this picture? It was taken at almost 10:00 at night. The long Alaskan "midnight sun" makes anything possible!

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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