ANCHORAGE TOURS AND TRANSFERS
The ship docks in Whittier which is about 58 miles Southeast of Anchorage. Anchorage Tours and Transfers picked us up once we got off the boat. Zack and I went on a half day tour, which stopped at Portage Lake, Beluga Point and The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, before dropping us off at our hotel in Anchorage. Beluga Point and Portage Lake is a great place for photo opportunities. Since The weather was not on our side that morning, we just drove past it. https://www.akcruiseshuttle.com/transfer-tours/
THE ALASKA WILDLIFE CONSERVATION CENTER
The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is in a small town called Portage (between Whittier and Anchorage). This was one of the highlights of my trip. The AWCC takes orphaned and injured animals, and provides them with care and spacious enclosures. Some of the animals cannot be released back into the wild, so they are given a permanent home at the AWCC.
This Bald Eagle injured his wing, so he will not be able to survive in the wild. The AWCC has been taking care of him for 20 yrs.
I was very impressed with Downtown Anchorage. It was clean, quiet and bigger than I expected. Downtown Anchorage has many shops, restaurants, breweries and bars. It doesn’t get dark outside until midnight during the summer, so there will be plenty of time to explore the nightlife that downtown Anchorage has to offer!
FOOD RECOMMENDATIONS IN DOWNTOWN ANCHORAGE
- The Bubbly Mermaid is great place to stop in for a snack. They serve several different kinds of cooked and raw oysters. The champagne and oysters compliment each other when eating them together. The Rockefeller Oyster was my favorite. It pairs nicely with a Rose champagne. This small oyster bar has a cute sailor/ocean theme. I know this might sound odd, but make sure to use the bathroom at this bar. I wont say why, I don’t want to ruin the surprise!
- Snow City Cafe is a popular brunch spot. They serve a wide variety of breakfast and lunch dishes. The best part is, breakfast is served all day! Snow City Cafe has a bar serving specialty coffee drinks, smoothies, milkshakes, juices and Mimosas. I ordered the Stuffed French Toast, which came on a baguette, served with mandarin orange cream cheese, toasted walnuts, syrup and raspberry butter. It was the best French Toast I have ever had.
- Glacier Brew House is a brewery serving craft beers, cocktails and comfort food. Zack recommends the Oatmeal Porter. I recommend the Lemon Drop Martini.
- Observe photos of the Northern Lights in the Alaska Center For The Performing Arts. Every hour Alaska Center For The Performing Arts plays a slideshow of many different pictures of the Northern Lights. It is $15 to watch the 45 minute clip. In my opinion, looking at pictures of the Northern Lights in the lobby, will give visitors the same experience as watching the film.
- Explore Earthquake Park. The second largest earthquake recorded hit Anchorage Alaska in 1964. The earthquake shaped this hilly area. Earthquake park offers several trails with interpretive displays. Make sure to apply bug spray before heading to the park. The Mosquitoes will love you if you don’t!