Diva Goes Ashore in ALASKA
Sights to see & things to do
cruisers consider Anchorage simply a city to fly into on the way to
their ship docked 125 miles away in Seward.
Those who choose to spend some pre- or post-cruise time here won’t
be disappointed. Following
the discovery of oil on the Kenai Peninsula in the 1950’s, Anchorage
began to move from a remote railroad town to the hub it is today with an
international airport, some fine restaurants, museums, and even a zoo.
Begin your tour with a stop at the Log Cabin
Visitors Information Center at Fourth Avenue and F Street.
From there, the Old City Hall at Fourth Avenue and E Street
is a short walk. In the
lobby are early streetscape dioramas and an interesting display of city
history. Meeting daily in
the Old City Hall lobby, Anchorage Historic Properties offers a guided
walking tour that explores historic downtown.
Anchorage Museum of History and Art contains an Alaska Gallery
explaining the history and anthropology of the state.
At Oscar Anderson House, visitors to the home and garden are
treated to an example of an early Swedish butcher’s life.
independent walkers, the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail runs through town
and along the water for approximately twelve miles from the western end
of Second Avenue to Kincaid Park. For kids, the Imaginarium is a fun learning experience with
Alaska-themed displays and a popular indoor tide pool.
the city behind, Portage Glacier is about 50 miles south on the Seward
Highway. Although it has receded in recent years to the point that you
must board a tour boat at the visitors’ center to get close to it, if
you haven’t had enough of glaciers post-cruise, or this is your first
pre-cruise glacier sighting, it may be worth the visit.
The visitors’ center contains a glacier museum and is an
excellent place to learn about glaciers.
a comprehensive history of the cultures of the five major Alaska Native
groups, a stop at The Alaska Native Heritage Center is a must.
The central “welcome house” contains a museum, theater,
crafts workshop, and a rotunda where presentations of storytelling,
dance, and music take place during the day.
Surrounding a small lake are five traditional dwellings
representing the Native groups. Native staffers are on hand to answer questions and provide
Cruising -- Spring! It's
in the air and cruisers' fancies turn north. North to Alaska, with
thoughts of majestic scenery, frontiers to explore, and what to
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