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Millennium Alaskan Hotel Anchorage

Whether you're a foodie, history buff, indigenous art fan, outdoor enthusiast or traveling with your family, there's more than one way to discover Anchorage.
 

Photo courtesy of Millennium Alaskan Hotel Anchorage.

FOODIE

       
Photo courtesy of Snow City Cafe.        

Morning // Snow City Cafe
Start your day here with a crabby omelet or tundra scramble, and don’t forget a Polychrome—an Alaska fruit smoothie par excellence.

Coffee Break // Steamdot Coffee Labs
Compare different ways of brewing fresh-roasted java at Steamdot’s two Anchorage coffee shops—Coffee & Espresso Lab and Benson Coffee Bar.

Lunch // The Lucky Wishbone
The fried chicken at The Lucky Wishbone is as good as it is 4,000 miles away in Mississippi. Bring an appetite and try out the handmade onion rings, too.

Dinner // Seven Glaciers Restaurant
Finish the day with a tram ride up to the subalpine vistas at Alyeska Resort’s restaurant, where the fantastic view is equaled by the Alaskan regional cuisine.


 

 


HISTORY BUFF

       
Photo courtesy of Alaska Native Heritage Center.
       

Where to Stay // Millennium Alaskan Hotel Anchorage
This hotel on Hood Lake honors the state’s aviation history and its long association with the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Morning // Anchorage Museum
The extensive galleries here depict the city’s start as a tent city, the state’s role in World War II, the oil boom—and the consequences of all this history.

Midafternoon // Alaska Native Heritage Center
The center features six “villages” showing how indigenous peoples thrived here for millennia, plus frequent dance and storytelling performances.

Afternoon // Crow Creek Mine
There’s gold in these hills—for real. The streams and gravels at historic Crow Creek Mine in Girdwood are still actively worked by Alaska residents, and visitors can learn for themselves.


FAMILIES

       
Photo courtesy of Eagle River Nature Center.
       

Morning // Eagle River Nature Center
It’s hands-on the furs and other natural wonders in Chugach State Park, where nearby trails offer sightings of moose, beaver and more.

Midmorning // The Alaska Zoo
Devoted to conservation, and housing injured and orphaned animals, this charming zoo has plenty of native denizens on display.

Lunch // Moose’s Tooth
March the whole family over and be ready to wait for sublime pizza, with favorites including blackened rockfish and chipotle steak.

Afternoon // Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
Wide open spaces hold bison, bears, caribou and other residents in the shadow of the Chugach’s snowy peaks.


OUTDOOR ENTHUSIAST

       
Photo courtesy of Copper Whale Inn.        

Where to Stay // Copper Whale Inn
Stay overnight at Copper Whale Inn, a delightful small hotel poised at the edge of downtown overlooking Cook Inlet.

Morning // Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Rent a bike in front of the Copper Whale and head out on this marvelous trail to Kincaid Park, with great views of Cook Inlet, the Chugach Mountains and Denali.

Afternoon // Winner Creek Gorge Trail
Drive 45 minutes southeast to Girdwood for a hike in America’s northernmost rain forest, admiring the ancient Sitka spruce.

Dinner // Marx Bros. Café
Modern fine dining here began more than 30 years ago when a supper club grew into Marx Bros. Café, and it’s still fervently dedicated to Pacific cuisine such as macadamia-crusted halibut.


INDIGENOUS ART FAN

       
Photo courtesy of National Museum of Natural History Imaging.        

Where to Stay // Hotel Captain Cook
The public art collection here includes more than two dozen valuable historic pieces derived from Pacific exploration.

Morning // Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center
One of the finest collections of indigenous art and crafts is on display at the Anchorage Museum.

Afternoon // Alaska Native Arts Foundation
Located downtown, the federation focuses on the tradition-bending work of contemporary native artists such as Joel Isaak and Nicholas Galanin.

Before You Leave // Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport
The mezzanine gallery displays a priceless collection of Native art and artifacts, mixing historic and modern pieces.

 

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