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When you're ready for that much-needed escape, make your way to Anchorage.

This area of South Central Alaska is home to some 290,000 residents.

Juneau (and vicinity), the state capital, is roughly 570 miles to the east of Anchorage, and Indian is 20 miles to the southeast.

One of your guidebook's top recommendations will certainly be Alyeska Ski Resort. Be sure to schedule in some time to see this renowned sight.

Hang out with the kids at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and H2Oasis Indoor Waterpark. For more family fun, head on to the Palmer Research Center and Matanuska Experiment Farm and the Bear and Raven Adventure Theater.

If you love animals of all shapes and sizes, you'll be in your element at the Alaska Zoo or the Point Woronzof Park. Combine it with a feeding time at the Ship Creek Viewing Platform for a fully comprehensive zoological experience.

To find out what they do to make the brews here so delectable, take a trip out to one of their breweries. Even if you're not a beer fan, it's still an interesting day out! Pick your favorite one, be it the Arkose Brewery or the Sleeping Lady Brewing Company. If you aren't sure yet, you might just have to do both!

Admire the eclectic array of native and exotic plants that are on display at the Alaska Botanical Garden and Mann Leiser Memorial Greenhouses.

For fresh air and relaxation, grab a bite to eat and head out to one of the area's picturesque green spaces, such as Kincaid Park or Valley of the Moon Park. Goose Lake Park and Resolution Park are two more excellent places to while away the day and catch up on some reading.

Want to find out a bit more about your destination? Check out Log Cabin Visitor Information Center and Anchorage Alaska Public Lands Information Center. The friendly staff at Mat-Su Visitors Center and Matanuska-Susitna Visitors Center will also be able to help point you in the right direction.

To see impressive views of untouched landscapes and cascading water, make the trip over to Thunderbird Falls.

Want to see some native birds? Be sure to bring your binoculars and see which feathery friends are hanging out at Eklutna Lake and Willow Lake. Didn't have any luck there? Head on over to Hundred Mile Lake and Campbell Lake and try your luck again.

Leave your phone in the glove compartment and have a rest from the stress of the modern world at Chugach State Park and Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. Nature-loving tourists will also have an excellent time at Pioneer Peak and Far North Bicentennial Park.

Broaden your horizons with a visit to one of the area's intriguing exhibition spaces. The Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum and the Alaska State Troopers Museum offer a range of displays and collections that are bound to spark your curiosity. Another two to look at are the Alaska Veterans Museum and the Alaska Museum of Transportation & Industry.

You will find a fascinating range of artifacts and displays at the Imaginarium - Science Discovery Center and the Imaginarium Discovery Center, two highly rated science museums.

Learn about the different specimens on show as you make your way through the packed halls of the Alaska Museum of Natural History.

Art enthusiasts will be drawn to the wide array of gallery and exhibition spaces. It's not hard to spend the better part of a day soaking up the inspiring atmosphere at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, the International Gallery of Contemporary Art and the Frontier Art Gallery.

History lovers can travel back through time at the Alaska Native Heritage Center and the Wells Fargo Alaska Heritage Library and Museum. The Palmer Visitor Information Center and the Dorothy G. Page Museum are also prominent choices.

Take a step back in time with a trip to Oscar Anderson House Museum or the Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery, just a couple of the historical sites here. More tales from the days of old await at the Pioneer School House and the Fourth Avenue Theatre.

Love learning about different religions? Go and immerse yourself in the peaceful surroundings of Holy Family Cathedral and St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church.

Before you pack your bags and make your way home, be sure to visit a few of the lesser-known attractions here. Some good places to start off with are the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts and the Z.J. Loussac Library - Main Branch. If you have more time to spare, also visit Nunaka Valley South Park or the Crow Creek Mine.

Guide to Exploring Anchorage

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Inlet Tower Hotel And Suites

Inlet Tower Hotel And Suites

1020 West 12th Avenue, Anchorage
of 5, from 1,240 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Anchorage, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Delaney Park and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Sullivan Arena. Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center and Oscar Anderson House Museum are also within 15 minutes.

Dimond Center Hotel

Dimond Center Hotel

700 E Dimond Blvd, Anchorage
of 5, from 870 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

An alternative to downtown Anchorage locations, this 3-story hotel built in 2002 is adjacent to Dimond Center Mall and 1 block from New Seward Highway, leading to the Alaskan wilderness and the Kenai Peninsula.

Alex Hotel & Suites Anchorage Airport

Alex Hotel & Suites Anchorage Airport

4615 Spenard Road, Anchorage
of 5, from 673 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Spenard, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Lake Hood Harbor, DeLong Lake Park, and Pop Carr Park. Lynn Ary Park and Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

The Hotel Alyeska

The Hotel Alyeska

1000 Arlberg Ave, Girdwood
of 5, from 1,856 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Nestled in the Chugach Mountain Range in the resort community of Girdwood, this hotel is 15 miles from Portage Glacier and 40 miles from Anchorage.

The Lakefront Anchorage

The Lakefront Anchorage

4800 Spenard Road, Anchorage
of 5, from 1,274 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This hotel, on the shore of scenic Lake Spenard, a major floatplane base, is 1 mile from the airport and 4 miles from downtown Anchorage. Complimentary 24-hour airport shuttle service is available.

Alaska House of Jade Bed and Breakfast

Alaska House of Jade Bed and Breakfast

3800 Delwood Pl, Anchorage
of 5, from 1 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Anchorage, this bed & breakfast is within 2 mi (3 km) of Alaska Botanical Garden, Nunaka Valley South Park, and Muldoon Park. Chugach Foothills Park and Nunaka Valley North Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Hotel Captain Cook

Hotel Captain Cook

939 West 5th Avenue, Anchorage
of 5, from 780 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Set in downtown Anchorage, this hotel is 3 blocks west of the convention center, 3 blocks east of the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail along Cook Inlet, and 4 blocks from the 5th Avenue Mall.

La Quinta Inn & Suites Anchorage Airport

La Quinta Inn & Suites Anchorage Airport

3501 Minnesota Dr and W 36th Ave, Anchorage
of 5, from 24 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Spenard, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Arctic Benson Park and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Sullivan Arena. Pop Carr Park and Z.J. Loussac Library - Main Branch are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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