Spending a little extra dough to get the most out of your vacation is certainly worth it, but if you’re trying to save, there are plenty of activities that will fill your days but won’t break your budget.
The Alaska Zoo provides hours of fun for the whole family. Children under two get in free and admission for youths and adults ranges from $7-$15.
Purchase an Alaska Culture Pass for access to two of the top cultural attractions in the city at a reduced rate. Visits to the Anchorage Museum and the Alaska Native Heritage Center can fill a whole day with history and discovery. The pass can be purchased for $32 and includes shuttle between locations.
Take a hike! It’s free to enjoy the city’s many trails and take it to another level by renting bikes for full days of trail adventures. Check out some of Anchorage’s best trails, like Winner Creek (pictured).
Stroll through the Tanana Valley Farmers Market during the summer months to take a look at all the Alaska products from produce to crafts. This is the oldest farmers market in Alaska and it even has its own building for comfortable shopping.
Step back in history with a visit to Pioneer Park. The park has an array of activities to enjoy that showcase Fairbanks history. Check out the Bear Art Gallery, the miniature golf course and relics from the gold rush era. The park is also home to many events throughout the year – ask the locals if there is anything going on during your stay.
Love flowers? Stroll through the beautiful blooms at Georgeson Botanical Gardens. The suggested donation for admission is only $5. Take a self-guided tour at any time or stop by at 2 p.m. if you’d like a guided tour through the garden.
It’s possible to enjoy the park without spending too much. The Visitor Center is a great place to stop and map out your trip, learn about the area and talk with park rangers.
Dog lovers rejoice – it’s free to visit the sled dog kennels. Sled dogs play an important role in the park and visitors can learn all about what they do with a 30-minute demonstration that takes place three times a day during the peak season.
Take the free shuttle to the Savage River day use area and campground to get the most out of your trip to the park. Enjoy hiking, biking and even camping if you want to stretch out the trip to a couple of days.
Visit the Sheldon Jackson Museum to see Alaska Native artifacts and art including tools, boats and more that were collected by Dr. Sheldon Jackson on his travels across the state.
Sitka is packed with Russian history and many of the historic sites can be explored for little to no cost. Make a list of all the historical places to visit during your stay and check them off one by one.
One of those sites, the Sitka National Historical Park, preserves a piece of Alaska history. It is the site of a battle between Russian traders and Indigenous people. View Tlingit and Haida totem poles along the park’s trail and tour the Russian Bishop’s House.