Boulder City Magazine® April 2006 Issue
by Ihla Crowley
Print and Save - Anchorage - Part 1
If this is your year to go to Alaska, or you think you might go in the future, I suggest you print and save this article and put it with your travel documents.
Boulder City Magazine®
|The tourist season in Alaska runs from mid-May through mid-September, so this month seems a good time to offer some hints about the city in which I lived for two summers, and in which you will most likely spend at least one night: Anchorage. Because of all the things I want to share with you, this is the first of a two-part series. Part 1 will be general in nature; Part 2 will provide specifics.
Anchorage is a huge, sprawling, metropolitan city, with a population of over 250,000. Downtown Anchorage, however, is compact, charming, and definitely walkable. The streets are laid out in a simple alpha-numeric grid, and the blocks are short. Even if you have just a couple of hours, do not sit in your room or just stay in your hotel. Get out there and explore! During the summer, it stays light all night (literally), so the shops and restaurants stay open until at least 11:00 pm during June, July, and August. In the bookend months of May and September, they will close earlier.
Here’s my rule of thumb for your walking tour: On 4th Ave, start at ‘B’ St, and walk west to ‘G’ St, make a left up to 5th Ave, turn left, and walk back to ‘B’ Street. It’s that simple. Within this grid you will find gift shops and galleries ranging from sophisticated to tourist tacky; eateries ranging from gourmet to sidewalk hot dog stands (and you simply MUST try a reindeer sausage hotdog before leaving Alaska promise me you will. Next month I’ll tell you which stand serves the best.) And be prepared to be overwhelmed by spectacular floral displays in parks, in front of shops, even hanging from the lampposts.
If your trip to Alaska is by way of a cruise (probably most of you), you will be in Anchorage only if your cruise includes a ground portion. I strongly advise this. The Inland Passage is gorgeous; however, it is but a tiny portion of Alaska, and very different from the majority of the state.
More details next month and at www.driftersister.com
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