From tours and museum visits to fun daytime activities, shopping, and a lively food and bar scene, downtown Anchorage, Alaska, has it all! Downtown Anchorage features a walkable grid with lettered and numbered streets that make navigating a breeze. Set yourself up for success and easy access to the best the city has to offer by booking overnight accommodations at the Westmark Anchorage Hotel, located in the heart of downtown Anchorage. Check out our specials page for deals on your stay. Keep reading to get the scoop on some of the best attractions and activities that are close to the hotel!
1. Anchorage Trolley Tours
This tour is one of the best ways to see downtown Anchorage and a little beyond the downtown grid. With daily operations running from early May to late September, this tour takes you 15 miles around the city to share some history and show off some of the treasures of Anchorage. There are three tour options to choose from ranging from one to two hours. Tours depart beginning at 9 a.m. with the final tour departing at 7:15 p.m.
2. Anchorage Museum
Alaska’s largest museum is located in the center of downtown Anchorage and is a great place to experience everything from modern art to Indigenous Alaska art and history. The museum is home to permanent exhibitions that highlight Alaska’s long history and includes rotating exhibitions from local artists to represent the community. Check out the current exhibitions.
3. Alaska Escape Rooms
Get ready for game night! Grab your friends and solve riddles and puzzles to discover hidden doors in time to try to make your escape from the room. This timed activity must be completed in just under an hour. Alaska Escape Rooms is accepting bookings as late as 10 p.m. so grab some food to fuel your brain before you tackle this challenge!
4. The Kobuk
A favorite spot among locals and travelers, The Kobuk has been voted the best local gift shop multiple times. This one-stop shop has a gift for just about anyone. Make your way to the back of the shop for a cup of coffee and an old fashioned donut before you shop for artisan jewelry, soaps, lotions, ornaments and more!
5. David Green Master Furrier
Make your fur dreams come true with a trip to David Green. Choose from a selection of beautiful pieces from this family-run business that will be sure to keep you warm and stylish.
6. Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
The perfect mid-day activity! Take a break from the bustling streets to bask in the outdoor beauty of Anchorage while walking on the outskirts of downtown. This trail is 11 miles long, features a light-speed planet walk, and has multiple viewing platforms and benches in prime scenic locations.
7. Humpy’s Great Alaskan Alehouse
A great place to kick off a night of bar hopping, Humpy’s is a place that covers all bases for Alaska seafood and pub fare. Indulge in king crab nuggets, fried halibut, and a selection of 60 beers on tap.
8. Flattop Pizza + Pool
After tasting some beer and getting your seafood on at Humpy’s, hop over next door for some pool and if you’re still hungry, some pizza. The pool tables are rented by the hour so there is no need to make sure you have coins handy.
9. Glacier Brewhouse
A local favorite located in the heart of downtown Anchorage; this is a one-stop restaurant. With delicious Alaska seafood and award-winning handcrafted brews, enjoy your meal in a lively but comforting atmosphere.
10. Mad Myrna’s
Myrna’s is the perfect place to dance the night away. A premier LGBTQ+ nightclub and entertainment venue with a full bar and plenty of room to dance. Find a reason to celebrate and check out the live drag and stage shows where you can reserve a table, order delicious food and enjoy a champagne toast with your friends.
11. Tent City Taphouse
This family-owned and operated modern gastropub is located in downtown Anchorage and honors the roots of the city. Serving locally sourced seafood and meats, as well as produce from sustainable farmers, this restaurant is committed to providing a unique experience with a friendly atmosphere.
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