in Anchorage, AK (showing 1 - 6 out of 6)

There’s nothing better than breathing fresh air and getting in touch with nature. State parks, botanical gardens, trails, lakes, and farms are exactly the place to do it – and this area is full of them.

Take a look at all the options within driving distance – you’ll be surprised at how close your next adventure is. We provide the driving directions, but the sunscreen’s on you!

Anchorage Audubon Society

Anchorage, AK

(907) 343-4355


Serious birders and outdoor lovers will love meeting up with fellow enthusiasts at the Anchorage Audubon Society. Such offerings as a "bird hotline" is available with updated information on the latest bird sitings and where they occurred in the Anchorage bowl area. The society also presents lectures and field trips led by experts who are as equally excited about the 230 species of birds spotted in the area over the past few years.

Birch Trail Adventures

22719 Robinson Rd
Chugiak, AK 99567   Directions

(907) 688-5713


Instead of hearing about all the fun you can have in Anchorage's natural surroundings, why not be a part of it? You can have some fun in the great outdoors thanks to the folks at Birch Trail Adventures. You can choose from either hourly or overnight excursions and the professionals can teach you to mush in under three hours. If that seems like too much for you, you can opt to take the kennel tours, but after seeing the Huskies, you may want to hit the trail for an adventure you'll never forget!

Eagle River Nature Center

32750 Eagle River Rd
Eagle River, AK 99577   Directions

(907) 694-2108


The Eagle River Nature Center knows that nature doesn't take a break, so they don't either. The center is open year-round, so there is always something interesting happening. Take advantage of their schedule of guided nature walks, lectures and special presentations that are designed to educate visitors about Alaska's unique ecology. The main building features several exhibits and hands-on activities that are designed to tell several of nature's stories. You can plan to spend several days outdoors here, as there is great hiking available on the nearby trails and cabin rentals available as well.

Kincaid Park

9401 W Raspberry Rd
Anchorage, AK 99502   Directions

(907) 343-4355


Kincaid Park is an impressive 1,400-acre park that boasts over sixty kilometers of outdoor trails that wind through the hills and birch and spruce groves. This park is literally a skier's dream, as most of these trails are lit to accommodate night skiing. The park is also the host of many ski competitions, including the Olympic tryouts. There is also a visitors center that features historic photographs and other interesting items. In the summer, the trails are excellent for hiking and biking, and the small pond nearby is usually stocked with trout or salmon.

Nova Raft and Adventure Tour

38100 W Glenn Hwy
Anchorage, AK 99674   Directions

(800) 746-5753


Getting into nature's beauty is one thing, but being a part of its very real adventure is something that you can experience by braving the elements on a Nova Raft and Adventure Tour. Nova has been leading rafting trips since 1975, and that distinction makes them Alaska's most experienced wilderness guide company. And it really doesn't matter if you prefer to brave the unrelenting white water or choose instead to paddle along, Nova has a trip that's perfect for you. The daytrip packages are usually four or five hours, and some include glacier hikes. Special overnight excursions are also available.

Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

Anchorage, AK 99501

(907) 257-2363


The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail was named for the Anchorage mayor and Alaska governor. This trail extends for ten miles from downtown Anchorage to Kincaid Park. The paved thoroughfare is popular with all kinds of outdoorsmen and athletic-types like in-line skaters, bikers, and walkers. The section of the trail that stretches through Westchester Lagoon is tagged as the "fitness trail" and features chin-up bars, steps and other items that encourage cross training among the trail's visitors. Also, the trail is not without its natural beauty, as moose, whales and birds can be seen from several vantage points.

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