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Seeing Anchorage

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Seeing Anchorage

We're going to have about 8 hours between being dropped off at the Anchorage airport and getting ready for our flight( noon-8PM).

Is there any way to see the downtown area of Anchorage easily? transportation? we'll have our luggage to deal with? any suggestions? Thanks, Karen

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1. Re: Seeing Anchorage

Here is a link about baggage storage at the airport:

…state.ak.us/anc/…passengerSrvcs.shtml

Here is a link for the bus system:

muni.org/Departments/…Timetables.aspx

A cab to downtown will cost approximately 20 dollars one way.

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2. Re: Seeing Anchorage

Thanks for the info! Have you done this? and if so, any recommendations?

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3. Re: Seeing Anchorage

I have not tried to visit Anchorage the way you are looking at but have enjoyed time there at the beginning and end of 2 trips. If you go downtown you might want to visit the museum at the Rasmusen Center. It is very nice.

www.anchoragemuseum.org

We enjoy walking around the downtown area, its parks and neighborhoods near the inlet. You can also rent bikes for a ride on the Tony Knowles trail.

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4. Re: Seeing Anchorage

Thanks-we're actually going to be at the tail end of a cruise getting to the airport and then waiting approx. 10 hours for our flight home...thought maybe we could walk around and have an early dinner.

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5. Re: Seeing Anchorage

If it were me with 10 hours, I would go to the airport and check in my bags (subject to their availability & being open). Then rent a car for the day. If you plan it out far enough you should be able to get a small compact car for less than what taxis would cost you to get to and from the downtown area.

You'd have lots of options with 8-10 hours to spend, including heading out towards Girdwood/Portage or up to Willow/Palmer.

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6. Re: Seeing Anchorage

Not a bad idea!

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7. Re: Seeing Anchorage

Native Heritage Museum in Anchorage is great, twin peaks hike at Eklutna Lake (just north of Palmer) offers some great scenery and a resident herd of dall sheep at the top end of the trail or you can rent bikes and tour around the lake

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8. Re: Seeing Anchorage

I second the vote to rent a car.

If you decide to not do that, Bus Route 7A picks up at the aiport every hour and will take you downtown.Cost is $1.75 a person. From there you can walk to the Muesum or catch a shuttle to the Native Heritage Center.

But in 8-10 hours in a rental car you can cover quiet a bit of ground...

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