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A Perfect 24 Hours in Anchorage Alaska 2024

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Greetings, Internet Stranger! I’m Stella Jane, author of the travel guide Get Lost, and welcome to a perfect 24 hours in Anchorage Alaska. Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska, but it doesn’t get as much attention as some of the more charming towns like Sitka or Skagway.

However, just because Anchorage might not be “cute” or “full of whales” doesn’t mean you can’t have a great time here! It’s a fun city with a great museum, plenty of good restaurants and beer, and lots to see and do. We’ll find more than enough to fill our 24 hours in Anchorage.

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HELICOPTER TOUR
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24 Hours in Anchorage

Morning: Explore Anchorage

Anchorage isn’t a huge city, nor is it a particularly charming one in terms of architecture. However, it does have some great cultural activities, and it’s still in Alaska! The natural setting is stunning.

We’re going to pack as much fun into one 24 hours in Anchorage as we possibly can. Even in the summer, the weather in Anchorage can be chilly and rainy, so I would suggest booking a van tour of the city.

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Approximately Top 5: 24 hours in Anchorage

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1) Historic City Hall

So, I think this building is as good a proof as any that Anchorage isn’t the city you want to visit if what you’re looking for is historic architecture. This Historic City Hall is cute enough, but I wouldn’t call it a spectacular building. Yet, in Anchorage, it’s a national historic site.

One cool fact is that the Historic City Hall dates back to 1936 because I guess Anchorage didn’t need an official building for its mayor before then. Yup, Anchorage City Hall is literally younger than my grandmother.

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Another fun fact is that Anchorage has an official mushing district, so keep an eye out for those huskies. No one wants to get crushed in a tragic Iditarod accident.

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2) Parks of Anchorage

It’s difficult to know when you’ll be able to enjoy going to the park during your 24 hours in Anchorage because it does have a tendency to rain in the city. However, there are quite a few charming little parks where you can join the crisp Alaskan air.

Town Square Park has tons of lovely pink flowers in the summer. It’s right downtown near all the shopping and restaurants, so it’s easy to get here and go for a stroll. You can also check out the Performing Arts Center that is right on the park.

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If you’re more into history, try Resolution Park. It’s got great views of the water, and it’s famous for a Captain Cook monument. I mostly just knew Captain Cook from his adventures in Hawaii, annoying a whole bunch of people and then getting himself killed. Also, Mr. Popper named a penguin after him.

However, it turns out that Cook explored Alaska too. He never exactly made it to Anchorage, but he sailed around the area for a while, looking for the Northwest Passage. He never found it, so I guess you could call this a monument to failure, murder, and penguins.

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Finally, if you enjoy gorgeous views, check out Elderberry Park. It dates back to Anchorage’s founding, so it’s basically as old as my grandmother. The Alaska.org website helpfully says that the public restrooms here are only open in the summer months, and I do think freezing in a public toilet in Anchorage in the winter sounds unpleasant.

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3) Mural Walk

I was surprised by the number of lovely murals around the city of Anchorage. Silly me because I thought it would be hard to keep the murals fresh in all this weather. There are tons more murals in Anchorage than I managed to capture with my decaying iPhone, so please just let this be an introduction.

First, we have Mural by Crystal Worl. This is a tribute to Native Alaskan culture, especially those tribes that still live in Anchorage today.

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No, you’re not underwater! This is a mural dedicated to the fabulous marine life that can be found around Anchorage. This mural is by Robert Wyland, who has apparently painted about one hundred murals all around the world.

My favorite detail is the mama killer whale getting all snuggly with her baby killer whale. Hey, killer whales need love too.

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Finally, please say hello to these adorable moose on the side of a coffee shop. (It still seems wrong to me that the plural of moose is moose. I keep wanting to say mooses or meese.)

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4) Club 25

Finally, I have to introduce you to my favorite building in Anchorage: Club 25. Would you believe me if I told you that this building started life as the oldest grocery store in Anchorage? Well, believe it or not, it’s true. This is actually the oldest commercial building in the city, and it could be my grandmother’s twin.

Eventually the family that owned the grocery store decided it would be much finer to turn it into a restaurant and club…that only served women. Hey, there are gentlemen’s clubs a plenty! Time for the ladies to get a spot of our own for a change.

Sadly, it seems that Club 25 is no longer operating, but I hope that this tale will encourage the opening of clubs for ladies around the land!

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5) Glacier Brewhouse

After our tour ends, we’ll have to stop for lunch or we won’t have the energy to survive our exploration of Anchorage. I recommend stopping at Glacier Brewhouse, which is located right in Downtown Anchorage. It’s always crowded, so it’s better to make a reservation. However, because I was only one person, I didn’t need one and got seated at the bar right away.

Since I was going to be indulging in beer and dessert at this lunch, I decided to have something light for my main course and went with the chili lime shrimp salad. It came with local prawns, pineapple with chili glaze, apples, candied pecans, oranges, and three different types of greens. I guess this is what passes for a light lunch in Alaska!

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Then I decided to go for a flight of the beer, which is all made at the brewery. Ordinarily I never day drink this much, but I felt I owed it to y’all to try as many beers as possible. Everything I do, I do it for you, gentle Internet Stranger!

The beers they gave me were the IPA, the Session, the Cask Conditioned IPA, the blackberry, and the blood orange. So it was a good variety between the more standard beers and the more creative kinds.

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Finally, my guide had told me that you have to get the peanut butter pie here, and who am I to argue with a guide? This pie was complete decadence with a chocolate cookie crust, a peanut butter filling, and a chocolate ganache. If you like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, you’ll feel like you’ve died and gone to heaven.

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24 Hours in Anchorage

Afternoon: Anchorage Museum

In my brief 24 hours in Anchorage, I made my way all over the city, and the Anchorage Museum was by far the largest attraction that I saw. It would be unfair to say that this museum was either a history museum or an art museum.

There were many, many Alaskan artists on display here, and if you enjoy modern art, you’ll find plenty to like. However, if you just want to learn more about the history of Alaska, you can find that too. Let’s go explore with…

Three Fascinating Facts: Anchorage Museum

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1) What can we learn about Alaska history?

I was especially excited to see these gorgeous boats. Alaska Native People had to be creative and invent all sorts of different technologies that would help them move around Alaska’s complex terrain, no matter what the weather.

Some of the boats you can see in my photo above were used on the ocean, but some were used on freshwater rivers. In any case, I don’t think any of them are in seafaring shape anymore, so it’s good that they’re being preserved in a museum instead of just forgotten.

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Another fascinating fact about Alaskan history is that the largest concentration of Russian Orthodox church members are in Alaska. Alaska was once a Russian colony, and Russian Orthodox missionaries came here and taught their religion to Native Alaskans.

They also translated their holy texts into the Native Alaskan languages like Tlingit, and I urge you to check out some of these texts because you won’t see anything like it anywhere else. I’m not even slightly Russian or Orthodox and I found it fascinating.

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2) What was the most memorable object at the Anchorage Museum?

Well, I actually have a couple of objects that I found pretty memorable. The first was this collection of Billikens. I was not expecting to find a Billiken in Alaska. When I went to Osaka, Japan, I learned that Billiken is one of the mascots of the city, and I had tons of fun posing with Billiken statues all over town.

I did know that Billiken was actually the invention of an American schoolteacher, but I didn’t know that the Billiken had become just as popular in Alaska as he is in Japan. Truly, the world is a strange and wonderful place.

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And then there were these luridly colored, furry, dancing bears. I don’t know what the backstory is about these bears, and frankly, I don’t want to know. Somethings are better just experienced and not analyzed.

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3) Is there any good Alaskan art?

Oh, there’s tons of it! You can really get up close and personal with Alaskan art at this museum. Here we have a painting of Muir Glacier done by Thomas Hill. He was a member of the Hudson River School who were famous for their romantic paintings of nature, and he was actually hired to paint this stunning landscape.

But if you look in the distance, you can see the arrival of a steamship, which means this glacier won’t remain lovely and unspoiled forever.

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And for something a little more modern, we have White Qaspeq by Amber Webb. She is a Yup’ik and Unangan artist, and a qaspeq is a traditional Native Alaskan garment. However, Webb made this garment with the faces of Native Alaskan women who have either been murdered or declared missing.

Native Alaskan and Native American women are more likely to be murdered than white women, and their murders are also more likely to be unsolved. But Webb wanted to make sure that the faces of these women wouldn’t be forgotten.

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24 Hours in Anchorage

Evening: Dinner at Orso

Anchorage, like pretty much everywhere else in Alaska, has access to some amazing seafood. I mean, this is the stuff that costs an arm and a leg if you try to order it back in New York City. So let’s take full advantage and head over to Orso, which is one of the best seafood restaurants in Anchorage.

Since this is Alaska, it seemed appropriate to start with their Gold Rush cocktail. I know the cherries don’t look beautiful in my photo, but trust me that they were delicious. This drink had a nice sweet and sour honey, kind of like a less sorority girl version of a whiskey sour.

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For seafood course number one, I went with the seafood chowder. It was made with house smoked Alder salmon, a cream broth, white fish, ocean clams, and tons of potatoes. After eating a bowl of this, I don’t think they should call it New England clam chowder. It should be Alaska clam chowder from now on.

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And for seafood course number two, we have a cashew crusted Alaska rockfish with spinach, red pepper, and golden raisin caper sauce. Rockfish has a delightful mild flavor that’s almost sweet, which the sweet golden raisins complimented nicely.

I don’t believe I had ever eaten rockfish before. Ooh, I just love finding new ways to eat fish!

Sadly, after all that beer and chocolate at lunch, I didn’t have room for anything for dessert at Orso. However, perhaps you will when you go. It will be the perfect end to a perfect day in Anchorage!

24 hours in Anchorage

24 hours in Anchorage

Where to Stay

If you want to really enjoy your 24 hours in Anchorage, you’ll need a great hotel. I recommend the Marriott Anchorage Downtown. This hotel has a perfect location within walking distance of everything and amazing views of the mountains. Plus, you can see how big and comfortable the rooms are.

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That’s a Perfect 24 Hours in Anchorage Alaska!

What would you do with 24 hours in Anchorage? Are you ready to start booking your hotel in Anchorage? Any questions about anything in this post? Please email me at stellajane@aroundtheworldin24hours.com and let me know!

Stella’s Top 3 Picks: 24 Hours in Anchorage

#1 TOP PICK

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
ANCHORAGE CITY TOUR
✔️ Expert local guide
✔️ Yummy food tastings

#2 PICK

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HELICOPTER TOUR
✔️ Absolutely stunning views
✔️ Bucket List Experience!

#3 PICK

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ALL OTHER ANCHORAGE TOURS
✔️ Find your favorite!
✔️ Get the best deals

Note: If you want to know how I put my travel itineraries together, just click here. Keep in mind that while each article is about how to spend 24 hours in a place, that doesn’t mean you should ONLY spend 24 hours in Anchorage.

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