In & Around

Some of the places of interest:

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A world-class museum located in the heart of Alaska's largest city, the Anchorage Museum of History & Art began as a public-private partnership to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the purchase of Alaska from Russia. The Museum opened its doors in 1968 with an exhibition of 60 borrowed Alaska paintings, and a collection of 2,500 historic and ethnographic objects loaned from the local historical society.
The Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum offers a variety of things to see and do. These include an extensive collection of historical Alaskan aircraft. Many of these aircraft were painstakingly restored to their original condition in our state of the art restoration facility by museum staff and volunteers. The museum is located on the South shore of Lake Hood, the largest seaplane facility in the world. The museum observation deck is situated perfectly for visitors to observe contemporary Alaskan bush floatplane operations. Narrated vintage seaplane tours are available at the museum for $50.00 per person.
Beyond the foothills at Anchorage's edge lies the third largest state park in America -- a half-million acres of some of the most accessible hiking, skiing, camping, wildlife viewing, snowmachining, rafting, and climbing in Alaska. Those of us lucky enough to live here feel the influence of Chugach State Park almost daily. The mountainous backdrop to Anchorage reminds us that, although we live in an urban setting, we really reside in the middle of a vast wilderness. The Chugach foothills are a beacon for changing weather and resident wildlife have been known to wander into town.
Located in the heart of downtown Anchorage, the world-class Alaska Center for the Performing Arts is the place to be! One of less than 50 multi-venue performing arts centers in the United States, the Alaska Center's four state-of-the-art performance spaces, spacious lobbies, and support areas comprise 176,000 square feet. More than 240,000 children and adults visit the Alaska Center every year to experience the very best of the world's music, dance and theatre.
Alaska Botanical Garden where arctic horticulture and native plants are showcased in a 110 acre spruce and birch woodland in the Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska. Bordering the Garden on the East, you will find the north fork of Campbell Creek, home to a Chinook (king) salmon summer run, Far North Bicentennial Park, and beyond that, Chugach State Park. With over 900 species of hardy perennials, and 150 native plant species, the Alaska Botanical Garden is the place to experience the abundance of the summer arctic growing season and to learn about flora native to southcentral Alaska.
The park was originally established to protect its large mammals, not because of majestic Mount McKinley. Charles Sheldon conceived the plan to conserve the region as a national park. Naturalist, hunter, and conservationist, Sheldon first traveled here in 1906 and again in 1907 with a packer and guide named Harry Karstens. (Karstens later made the first ascent of Mt. McKinley's south peak and would serve as the park's first superintendent.) Sheldon devoted much of his 1907 travels to studying boundaries for the proposed national park that would include territories suitable for a game refuge. When Sheldon returned to the East in 1908, the Game Committee of the Boone and Crockett Club, of which he was chairman, launched the campaign to establish a national park. Largely due to these efforts, Mount McKinley National Park was established in 1917. Its population of Dall sheep and other wildlife were now legislatively protected. However, Mount McKinley itself was not wholly included within the boundaries.
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