The Matanuska Glacier is in the Matanuska Valley, north of Anchorage, and it's the only glacier in the United States that's accessible by car. The glacier is 43 kilometers long and even from afar it's gorgeous. Up close it's great. From the parking lot to the glacier it's a little bit of a walk, but it's worth it. You have to be careful because the glacier ice is very hard and slippery.
This is one of the best parks in the city of Anchorage. It has lovely views of the Cook Inlet and has a children's play area. The museum of Oscar Anderson House is in the north corner of the park and the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail begins in this park. I recommend people to visit if they are in the area.
Lake Hood is the seaplane base and for the largest planes and with the most air traffic in the world and is next to the Anchorage International Airport. 90% of Alaska is only accessible by plane and Alaska has the highest rate in the world of planes per person. The lake itself is very nice, and there are several parks where you can walk around and enjoy the view. The lake is used as a car park for aircraft throughout the year and in the winter when the lake freezes, when they change the floaters of the planes for wheels and use it like a landing ground. The people that take care of the planes on the lake also have tents that they decorate which gives it an original style.
The ulu is a traditional knife used by Alaskan Eskimos. Its main use is for skinning hunted animals and cutting fillet salmon and other fish. This is a factory that makes the traditional ulu and demonstrates for people to learn how to use them. Although the ulu is traditional for the Eskimo it can be used for the modern kitchen and is ideal for cutting vegetables, fruit and meat. The Ulu Factory is also a store with lots of variety of local foods and souvenirs from Alaska and clearly has the largest variety of ulu in the entire state of Alaska. It makes for a rather interesting visit and I recommend it to those who are in the area.
Woronzoff Point is located at the west end of Anchorage, behind the airport. It's quite far from the city and the drive to the viewpoint is worth it because the views are beautiful and there it's always possible to see wildlife. The view from Point Woronzoff is Turnagain Arm, a small inlet that passes through Anchorage.
Saint Innocent is Anchorage's Russian Orthodox Cathedral. This beautiful church was built in 1994 for the Russian Orthodox population. The church domes are of a lovely blue and can be seen from afar. The building itself is made of wood, the interior is simple and modern. There is plenty to see.
The Oscar Anderson House is one of the truly historic buildings in Anchorage. This building was built in 1915 by a butcher named Oscar Anderson and was the first house of a permanent structure. It has been preserved as a museum and the inside looks the same as it would have in the year1915. For $ 3 you can have a guided tour of the place.
Resolution Park is actually a huge deck that has many levels from which to enjoy the views of Cook Inlet, named for Captain Cook, one of the first to set foot on land in this part of Alaska. A statue of Captain Cook sits on the deck. In the summer, this is an amazing place to spend an afternoon enjoying the view and good weather.
This monument is located at Merrill Field Airport in Anchorage, and is dedicated to all the pilots and men who were killed or captured in Alaska during World War II. Many people are unaware that Japan bombed Alaska during the conflict and captured several islands in the Aleutian archipelago. This monument has the names of all those who sacrificed their lives in defense of Alaska. There are also maps and photos from that era that form a huge and important part of the state of Alaska.
All of us living in Spain in the 70s know who Felix Fodriguez de la Fuente is. We all cried when he died and sang My Friend Felix with Anna and Enrique. Dr. Rodriguez de la Fuente died in Alaska on March 14, 1980 while filming a documentary on the sled race of the Iditarod. He and two companions were on a plane when it crashed and killed everyone, including the pilot. In Anchorage there is a monument that was brought from Santiago de Compostela. It is a little known monument because most Americans do not know who he was, but the few Spanish who live here sometimes go to visit.
The Kobuk Coffee Company is a store in downtown Anchorage that is one of the first stores in the city dating back to 1915. This shop is full of coffee and tea ( it smells delicious when you walk) and it specializes in teacups which made in China and in England and you can buy them as souvenirs. On one wall of the building, facing the street, is a painted elk which is very funny.
Elizabeth and Roy Peratrovich were two of the most influential people who fought for the rights of the native people of Alaska and this park is on Fourth Avenue on the main street in the heart of Anchorage. Here people perform concerts and cultural dances free of charge. There is also a beautiful and different sculpture that is named The Flight of the Raven.
The Cuddy Family Park is a park in downtown Anchorage. It has a quiet lake where you can see ducks and geese in the summer and in the winter it becomes an ice skating rink. There is a beautiful garden and a very original fountain. It is the ideal place to walk the dog and let the children run. It hosts performances and concerts in the summer months.
Delong Lake is a lake in Anchorage where you can go to enjoy the good weather, relax and do some fishing. In this lake, you must release the fish after catching, but it is still an ideal place to spend a couple of hours. The lake is surrounded by beautiful houses. There are life jackets for children who come with their parents. There is a pier where you can fish or just enjoy the wonderful lake views.
Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery is the main cemetery of Anchorage and is located in the city center. It was opened in 1915 by President Woodrow Wilson. The cemetery has a special kind of charm because there is a mixture of traditional and indigenous tombs, decorated with Russian Orthodox crosses and flowers typical to Alaska such as Fireweed and Sitka Rose. It is better to visit in the summer, because in winter, the snow covers everything like a blanket.
Jewel Lake is one of the best places to swim in the summer. It's as close to a beach as we have, and though it's nothing like the Costa Blanca beaches, I really enjoyed it. It has a very large park for playing volleyball, for picnicing and for barbequing. Many people bring kayaks or boats to get around the lake. It is an ideal place to come and spend an afternoon with the family. In the winter the lake freezes and it is used as a skating rink.
The University of Alaska, Anchorage campus is huge, beautiful, and very modern. The campus has a new library and is full of original art and sculptures. I am a teacher here, and I love being able to walk around campus enjoying the atmosphere. There are several restaurants, including a pub and Starbucks, and there are always dramatic or musical performances.
Folker Park is a small park in the eastern part of Anchorage, near the university. It's the ideal place to walk the dogs or take the family for a picnic. It's very quiet and away from all the commotion of the city.
Anchorage is the northernmost city in the state of Alaska, in the United States. It's boreal climate is characterized by extremely cold winters and warm summers. The city has much to offer travelers who want to get to know the city and all the Anchorage activities it offers. Know that of all things to see in Anchorage, its natural and wild environment are the highlights. Among the places to visit in Anchorage, you can begin with Westchester Lagoon, a waterfowl sanctuary that offers picturesque beauty. There are other attractions in Anchorage include beautiful parks. Elderberry Park is one of the best in town. It has lovely views of Cook Inlet and the House Museum Oscar Anderson's in Anchorage is in the northern corner of the park. Woronzoff Point is a viewpoint, and another of the many Anchorage attractions to visit, that's in the west end of the city, behind the airport. It's quite away from the city, but the drive is worth it because the views are beautiful and there's always possibility of seeing wildlife. From there you can see Turnagain Arm, the small inlet that passes through Anchorage, and visiting it is certainly one of the best things to do in Anchorage. You absolutely have to bring your camera! There's lots of stuff to do in Anchorage, like experience all its traditions, customs and even the most popular festivals. For more on what to do in Anchorage, visit the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Innocent, which was built for the large Russian population in the city. It's one of the most interesting places you can visit in Anchorage.