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4: Side Trips

Tour the Alaska Sealife Center, Seward

What: An amazing center of various sea animals and critters located in Seward. When to go: Can be accessed year round. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/8V4pSpdCiVKTPtFu8 Tips: This is a great activity for families. At certain times, they may have special exhibits as well to play with certain animals on a first come first serve…

Hike Coastal Trail & Beach, Anchorage

What: An 11 mile paved trail connecting downtown Anchorage to the south side of Anchorage with beautiful views of the inlet along the way. Very popular area to hike or bike for locals regardless of ability level. When to go: Can be accessed year round. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/47sPTdRNCqDzFGKn7There are so many places to…

Hike or Bike Bi-Centennial/BLM Trails, Anchorage

What: An incredible trail system in Anchorage providing plenty of access to hikers and bikers. When to go: Can be accessed year round; however, the best time to really access this area is in the winter since some of the summer swampy areas get covered in snow making for great fatbike riding. How to get…

Kayak Campbell/Sand Lake, Anchorage

What: Two great lakes in the south side of Anchorage with beautiful views while kayaking around. When to go: Ideally accessed in the summer months between May and October. Can be a good spot for ice fishing in the winter time. How to get there: Both lakes allow for public access; however, the access points…

Explore Hatcher Pass & Independence Mine, Palmer

What: Hatcher pass is one of the most beautiful areas in the Mat-Su region with a variety of summer and winter activities. It’s worth driving up to the pass for some great views and exploring the historic independence mine. When to go: Can be accessed year round; however, in the winter you can only go…

Hike Virgin Creek Falls, Girdwood

What: Super short & easy Girdwood hike that takes you to a beautiful small waterfall cove. The hike is very easy and can be done by any physical ability. When: Can be accessed summer or winter, but ideally worth visiting in the summer time when all the greenery is out between May and October. Takes…

Hike Thunderbird Falls, Eagle River

What: One of the easiest hikes around Eagle River to access a beautiful waterfall. Just 2 miles with 200 ft of elevation gain rated as Easy. When to go: Can be accessed year round – the falls are beautiful both in the summer and winter time. Total hike should take 30 minutes. How to get…

Tour the Riverboat Discovery, Fairbanks

What: A historic boat taking you up the chena river to enjoy some of the sights and experiences of Fairbanks. Can be accessed via any physical ability level. When to go: Tour usually runs in the summer months between May and October. Total tour takes roughly 3 hours. How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/sW3dACFD8wEZGq3E7 Tips: The…

Hike Reflection Lake, Palmer

What: Short and easy hike around a beautiful lake between Eagle River and Palmer. Good one to get out on a slow day and stretch the legs. When: Accessible year round, shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes to walk around the whole lake. 40 minute drive from Anchorage. Cost: Free How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/GkxqehXLZ11GbMwn8

Hike Eagle River Nature Center, Eagle River

What: A nature center “hub” at the end of a valley that provides access to multiple trails. Trails range for 30 minute short loops to multi day hikes into the mountains. The drive itself to ERNC is a treat, and the center provides display exhibits, guided walks, and handy insights. When: Ideally accessed in the…