Alaska Visits

Anchorage Area

Big Game Alaska Wildlife Center


August 2002

South of Anchorage, near the turnoff to Portage Glacier, the Wildlife Center lets you get very close to some of the larger Alaskan game.


Portage Glacier

Retreating behind the hillside, Portage Glacier is now best viewed from the boat.  It is called the most visited glacier in Alaska.  It is an easy day trip from Anchorage.


August 2002

Alaska Zoo

4731 O’Malley Rd

Anchorage, AK 99507

A stop at the Zoo will introduce you to most of the Alaskan wildlife.  The zoo is small enough that even children will navigate it easily.


We saw a great display on how you can contribute to real science.

Be a Citizen Scientist


August 2002

April 2007

Earthquake Park

Anchorage, AK


August 2002

This park commemorates the 1964 earthquake.  Much of the devastation has been healed; the remainder is visible only by comparison with the “before” pictures.


Alaska Muesum of Natural History

Eagle River, AK 


August 2002


The books and brochures rave about the gem and mineral exhibit. We found this museum closed, and the gem and mineral exhibit, which the brochures raved about, gone.  No one seemed to know whom to contact.

Dorothy Page Museum

323 Main St

Wasilla AK 99654


fax - - 9072


August 2002


Iditarod Museum

Mile 2.2 Knik Rd

Wasilla, AK


There are many locations that claim to be the headquarters or start of the Iditarod.  This was one of the more fun ones.  Take the kids on a dog-sled or dog-cart ride, depending on the weather.  There’s also tons of memorabilia on the Iditarod and dog-sledding in general.  As an amateur sport, dogsledding seems to be one of the most challenging.


August 2002


Iditarod Trail Committee

PO Box 8708000

Dept HQ/RC

Wasilla, AK 99687


August 2002



Museum of Alaska Transportation

Po Box 870646

Wasilla, AK 99687


location: mile 47 Parks Highway

3800 West Neuser Drive

The enclosed exhibit is amazing: if it used to roll or fly over Alaska, it’s here now.  The outdoor exhibits are even more impressive: the locomotives, in particular.  Most impressive to me was the US “buzz bomb”, patterned after the German V-1 weapon in WW2 and intended for bombing the Japanese mainland as a prelude to invasion, they were built and tested in Alaska.

August 2002


Alaska Outfitters – Walk on the Glacier

Glacier Park

Mile 102 Glenn Highway


This is not a 501(c)3 corporation, but a for-profit enterprise.  But for learning about glaciers, there’s nothing to beat actually walking on one.  You can do that here, but not at the parks.


August 2002


Alaska Sealife Center

301 Railway Ave

PO Box 1329

Seward, AK 99664-1329



Funded by Exxon Valdez settlement money, their intent is to build an Alaskan equivalent of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  But they seem to be priced well over the market.


August 2002



Alaska Kenai Fjords National Park Tour

Alaska Heritage Tours

1304 4thAve

Anchorage, AK 99503



The best way to see the glaziers in Kenai Fjords part is by boat.  The boat tour takes you to several.  Along the way, the Alaskan wildlife is stunning.  We saw bald eagles before even leaving the harbor.  Take this tour to see the animals in their habitat.  The Alaska Sealife Center allows you to seem them up close.


August 2002

Alaska Public Lands Information Centers

605 W. 4th Ave

Anchorage, AK 99501


August 2002


If you’re doing any hiking or exploring, this is a good place to start for maps, reservations and advice.  The center is fun to explore, too.


737 W. 5th Ave #G

Anchorage, AK 99501-2129


August 2002

The Imaginarium took a few of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s exhibits and re-created them.  Targeted at a younger crowd – 8-12, it is compact and friendly.

Russian Orthodox Museum


We saw this one, but did not have time to stop.  Maybe next time.


April 2007

Anchorage Museum of History and Art

Corner of 7th and A

Anchorage, AK


The museum is quite large, tucked away in downtown Anchorage.  We liked the historical segment best, though the artwork is well displayed, too.



April 2007


Alaska Trooper’s Museum

245 West 5th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501-2345
(907) 279-5050 or (800) 770-5050

This is a very small museum, packed with artifacts.  A newbie may not be able to make sense of the collection.  Talk to the staff to hear the stories behind the displays.


April 2007

Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum

4721 Aircraft Drive

Anchorage, AK 99502

(907) 248-5325


Right next to the airport, this museum features a simulator – the best place to park your kids – and a restoration shop as well as several heavily-weathered aircraft outdoors.


April 2007

Wells Fargo Museum

Wells Fargo Building
301 West Northern Lights
Anchorage, AK 99503
(907) 265-2834


This is a tiny museum, somewhat hidden in the bank building.  It includes an interesting coin collection as well as a very cool carved chess set, as well as the “usual” Alaskan heritage items.  NB: they keep “bankers hours”, Mon-Fri, Noon - 4pm.


April 2007


Denali National Park

Tour of Denali Park

Denali Park Resorts

241 Ship Creek Ave

Anchorage, AK 99501

Large and famous, if you want a fast tour of the park, try this.

August 2002



Fairbanks, Alaska

Alaskaland Park

Pioneer Park

Pioneer Air Museum

Pioneer Museum and Stampede Show

PO Box 70176

Fairbanks, AK 99707



Alaskaland is part amusement park and part historical park..

The Pioneer Air Museum and the Museum of Alaska Transportation in Wasilla have many related exhibits.  They would benefit from rotating exhibits from the MoAT outdoor facility to Fairbanks.


August 2002

UAF Museum of the North

Room 127 Signers Hall

Faribanks, AK 99775



The University of Alaska, Fairbanks is approximately the Smithsonian of Alaska, with exhibits on natural history and human history.


The museum has a beautiful new building.  The display exhibits are packed.  The museum also serves as a source for scientific studies, particularly of Alaskan history and culture.


August 2002

April 2007

Alaska Oil Pipeline


This not a non-profit organization, but interesting technology.  There are stops along the road explaining the design of the pipeline and how the pipeline is permitted to expand and contract with changing temperature.


August 2002

April 2007


Ft. Knox Gold Mine


This not a non-profit organization, but interesting technology.  The mine does give tours and explains their process.


August 2002


Mush for Kids



The Mush for Kids is an annual event, held in early April, as winter releases its grip. It serves both to introduce the broader community to dogsledding and to benefit the Alaska Children’s Trust.


April 2007



Ice Musuem

Chena Hot Springs

1 Hour East of Fairbanks, AK


The hot springs has its share of tourist attractions, but impressive here is the ice museum.  The plan of record is to keep it open all year round at 20 degrees.  The displays include hotel rooms that appear to be usable.  Be sure to see the equipment, including the ice lathe.


April 2007