Welcome to Fifty Grande’s Best of the U.S. Bucket List series. This is your one-stop travel guide to the best, most unique and quintessential experiences of a city, state or event. Want to know how to “do” Anchorage? We’ve got you covered. Curated by experts, vetted by in-the-know locals, this is all you need to have the best trip ever. If we’ve written a Bucket List, we recommend you go. If it’s on this list, it’s the best the city has to offer right now. Consider this your one-stop answer to “What are the best things to do in Anchorage?”
The land of snowshoes, dogsleds and wearing shorts in 30-degree weather has always been a place for wide-eyed opportunists. They once came for gold and oil, but now for the thrill of exploration, of standing on a glacier, of seeing a grizzly bear, then exaggerating to friends how close you got. Or for some of the freshest seafood in the States, cozy log-cabin bars and a surprisingly lively music scene. And just like back then, its doors are swung wide open for any and all adventurers. Here are the best things to do in Anchorage right now.