Anchorage Introduction Walking Tour (Self Guided), Anchorage

The city of Anchorage was founded at the beginning of the 20th century and has since grown to become Alaska's largest city. Nowadays it is a modern prosperous city with a well developed infrastructure. A rather short, yet captivating story of Anchorage can be observed when visiting its major attractions. Explore this unique city by taking a landmarks tour around downtown
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Anchorage Introduction Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Anchorage Introduction Walking Tour
Guide Location: USA » Anchorage (See other walking tours in Anchorage)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 13
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Author: Caroline
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Anchorage City Hall
  • Center for the Performing Arts
  • Whale Wall Murals
  • Town Square Municipal Park
  • Egan Convention Center
  • Holy Family Cathedral
  • Oscar Anderson House Museum
  • Captain Cook Monument
  • Bear and Raven Adventure Theater
  • Wendler Building
  • Alaska Law Enforcement Museum
  • Imaginarium Discovery Center
  • Anchorage Museum
Anchorage City Hall

1) Anchorage City Hall

The Old City Hall is an important city symbol and a piece of architectural heritage of Anchorage. The building was first opened in 1936 and at that moment included public administration offices, a library, a police office, several jail cells and a fire department. In 1980 the building was renovated under the control of Mayor George M. Sullivan. Nowadays City Hall is open to the public and contains a permanent exhibition of photographs and antique objects from the history of Anchorage. During the summer, free concerts and shows are organized in front of the building.
Center for the Performing Arts

2) Center for the Performing Arts (must see)

The Alaska Center for the Performing Arts is a unique four-venue facility that hosts over 600 events per year. It features a Concert Hall, Discovery Theatre, Sydney Laurence Theatre and a flexible Elvera Voth Hall, providing space for any kind of gathering from weddings and banquets to musical performances and theatre plays. According to legend, the ghost of painter Sydney Laurence haunts the building, making the lights brighten and elevators go up and down with no one in them.
Whale Wall Murals

3) Whale Wall Murals

A large outdoor mural depicting several life-size whales was painted on the western wall of the J.C. Penney store building. Its author, Robert Wyland, is famous for decorating walls of buildings all over the world with full-size paintings of marine life. Wyland received invitations from organizations and building owners from all over the world and succeeded in realizing over 100 Whaling Walls. His goal was to express through art the lost connection between man and nature. The mural on the wall of the J.C. Penney store building is five storeys high and over 120 meters long.
Town Square Municipal Park

4) Town Square Municipal Park

Town Square Municipal Park is situated near the Egan Center and The Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. It is a nice and quiet place to sit and relax. Throughout the year, the Town Square hosts public events and festivals. In summer it is filled with flowers and during winter holidays, the park is decorated with coloured lights and sculptures carved out of ice. There is also an amphitheater that seats 400 during festivities.
Egan Convention Center

5) Egan Convention Center

Egan Convention center, with its glass and steel architecture, stretches along 5th Avenue between E street and F street. The front of the building, made of curved glass, has a reception area at street level. Visitors are welcome to come inside and check out traditional and modern Alaskan art displayed in the lobby. This permanent exposition features a suspended sculpture made of multicoloured beads, extraordinary Eskimo Spirit Carvings and amazing wood sculptures made by John Hoover. The Egan Center was named in honour of Alaska's first governor. Throughout the year, this multi-functional center hosts meetings, shows, exhibitions and festivals.
Holy Family Cathedral

6) Holy Family Cathedral

Cathedral of the Holy Family in Anchorage is a cathedral of the Roman Catholic Church. It is the motherchurch of the Archdiocese of Anchorage and is the seat of the prelate archbishop.

This Building with a neo-roman arquitecture is placed in Downtown Anchorage. On Good Friday of 1964, an earthquake with a magnitude of 9.2 devastated much of southcentral Alaska. The Pope's apostolic delegate came to view the damage, and upon doing so they saw that Anchorage would be the focal point of both state and spiritual growth. In 1966, the Holy See created the Archdiocese of Anchorage, and made Alaska a separate province.

Today, most of Alaska's archdiocese's Catholics worship in one of Anchorage's parishes. The Cathedral was the host church for the 1981 visit of Pope John Paul II to Anchorage, which attracted a crowd estimated at about 80,000 people.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Oscar Anderson House Museum

7) Oscar Anderson House Museum

The Oscar Anderson House Museum is a historical museum located in downtown Anchorage. Currently located on M Street in Elderberry Park, the structure was built in 1915 by early Anchorage resident Oscar Anderson. Anderson claimed to be the 18th person to set foot on what is now Anchorage.

The structure was the first wood-frame house in Anchorage. The Oscar Anderson House was completely restored to a 1915 appearance between 1978 and 1982 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Opening hours: June 1 - mid-September: Tuesday — Saturday: 12 pm – 4 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Captain Cook Monument

8) Captain Cook Monument

In the center of Resolution Park, a full-size statue of Captain James Cook faces out to Cook Inlet. It celebrates the 200th anniversary of Cook's exploration of the area in order to find a passage between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The statue is surrounded by wooden platforms, offering the possibility to enjoy a beautiful view over Cook Inlet and Mount Susitna, also known as the Sleeping Lady. At high tide, Beluga whales can often be seen in the distance.
Bear and Raven Adventure Theater

9) Bear and Raven Adventure Theater

The Bear And Raven Adventure Theater is a place where children can get to know Alaskan history with the help of interactive media. In the theatre, you can see exciting movies about the wildlife in Alaska and the most important events in its history. Do not be surprised if you feel your chair shaking as a bear on the big screen approaches you, or if you feel snow falling on your head. In the lobby you can take a photo embracing a grizzly bear, try on a real Eskimo fur coat or know what it feels like to ride an Iditarod dog sleigh. Visit this adventure theatre for an experience you won't forget.
Wendler Building

10) Wendler Building (must see)

The Wendler Building is not only one of the oldest houses in Anchorage, but it is also the only one with a corner turret. It was built in 1915 by A.J. Wendler to operate as a grocery store, with its owner's apartments situated above, on the second floor. Nowadays the building serves as a gift shop. The bronze statue of a dog in front of this building marks the starting point of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race held in Alaska each year.
Alaska Law Enforcement Museum

11) Alaska Law Enforcement Museum

The Alaska Law Enforcement Museum tells the story of State Troopers in Alaska. It exhibits items like old radios and communication devices, original uniforms as well as pins and badges of law enforcement agencies from all over the country. A special section displays the story of famous Alaskan serial killer Ed Krause and the hunt organized in order to catch him. Souvenirs like hats and caps, patches, pins and crime books can be found in the gift shop section of the museum.

Operation Hours: Monday - Friday: 10 am - 4 pm; Saturday: 12 pm - 4 pm
Imaginarium Discovery Center

12) Imaginarium Discovery Center (must see)

As an expansion to Anchorage History and Art Museum, The Imaginarium Discovery Center welcomes its visitors to experience the principles of science through play. It features exhibits from the world's most popular science museums. The Imaginarium is divided in several areas such as Planetarium Hall , Bubble Space, BP Kinetic Space, TOTE KidSpace , each of them focusing on a scientific topic. Children can experience touching live animals in special tanks, looking at simulated earthquakes or aurora borealis or learning the principles of energy and motion.
Anchorage Museum

13) Anchorage Museum (must see)

The Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center is a museum located in downtown Anchorage. Beginning as a public-private partnership to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Alaska purchase, it opened in 1968 with an exhibition of 60 borrowed Alaska paintings and a collection of 2,500 historic and ethnographic objects loaned from the local historical society, and the museum has been enlarged several times since.

Its official name is now Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. The Anchorage Museum's mission is to share and connect Alaska with the world through art, history and science. The museum has grown steadily and expanded three times since then, most recently in 2010, to its current size of 170,000 square feet with a collection of 25,000 objects and 500,000 historic photographs, and a staff of more than 50. It welcomes over 180,000 annual visitors from Alaska and from around the world and serves as a cultural center for the community.

The museum is repeatedly ranked among Alaska's top ten visitor attractions.

Winter hours:
October 1 - April 30: Tuesday-Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday: 12 pm - 6 pm

Summer hours:
May 1- Sept. 30: Monday – Sunday: 9 am - 6 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Anchorage, Alaska

Create Your Own Walk in Anchorage

Create Your Own Walk in Anchorage

Creating your own self-guided walk in Anchorage is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Anchorage Shopping Tour

Anchorage Shopping Tour

If you want to take home something by which to remember your trip to Anchorage, consider visiting the city's shops located in the heart of downtown. Here you will find articles made of materials that represent Alaska's treasures - gold, timber, whalebone and furs, along with indigenous artwork and hand-made souvenirs by native Alaskans. Take this self-guided tour and visit the best...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles
Anchorage Kids Entertainment Tour

Anchorage Kids Entertainment Tour

Anchorage is a great place to have fun with your family. This city welcomes children of any age to enjoy delicious desserts in local sweet shops and have fun visiting fascinating museums, interactive theatres and souvenir shops. Take this tour to explore the family-friendly city of Anchorage.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.8 Km or 0.5 Miles
Museums and Art Galleries

Museums and Art Galleries

Situated on the Cook Inlet, Anchorage is a surprisingly flourishing and cosmopolitan city with a wide variety of attractions. It is home to a large number of museums and art galleries, offering the possibility to explore Alaska's indigenous history and culture. Take this tour to explore the city's exciting past.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles