3 Ideas for Day Trips Out of Anchorage, Alaska

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In a unique place like Alaska, it can be overwhelming to decide where to start, while adjusting to the local time and weather. These are great first steps into this unique destination.


About 47 miles from Anchorage is the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC), a sanctuary dedicated to research, education, and caring for the local wildlife. This is a great spot to witness the rescued animals’ behavior.

They have tours that introduce the visitors to the center, as well as stories of individual animals, and some up-close-and-personal encounters with rescued animals, such as Luna the Caribou and Artemis the muskox calf. What’s more, you might get to feed the bears!


A two-hour drive from Anchorage you will find the magnificent view of Glacier View, Alaska. Hidden in its name is the place’s strongest feature – its location in the Mat-Su Valley, near the Matanuska Glacier. And the glacier provides a point of interest and plenty of activities: glacier treks, ice climbing, zip-lining, and ATV tours. 


If you’re a hiker, you might want to consider (weather allowing) driving to the edge of Anchorage and hiking in the Chugach State Park. You might get to see moose, bears, sheep, or smaller arctic creatures. The spectacular views are there for your enjoyment!