When you arrive in Anchorage the first thing you notice are the snow-capped mountains that are a part of the skyline. The second thing that becomes clear is that Anchorage is a city that takes pride in the diverse culture of its people. #anchorage #alaska
Anchorage is the starting city for many who visit our 49th State. It is home to the state’s largest cultural museums; and the country’s largest state and national parks.
Glaciers surround Seward, a historic town at the head of Resurrection Bay, it is known as the “Gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. It is easy to get there, The Coastal Classic Train to Seward is voted the most scenic in the world. The Seward highway connects Anchorage to Seward and has been named the All-American Road. There are a wide range of accommodations and activities. It is the place to enjoy nature and outdoor adventures. #seward #coastalclassictrain
Whenever I travel I give my trips a title, my trip to Alaska I called Alaska Nature, Culture, Adventure or ANCA. I was the leader of a group of 15 teens and adults so I tried to find a good balance of activities that hit my ANCA theme but would also keep a group of teenage students invested in our trip. We started in Anchorage and made our way to Seward visiting cultural centers, ziplining, kayaking, dog sledding and hiking.
Here is my list of 10 things to do in Anchorage and Seward for all ages:
1. Hike Flattop Mountain
Why? The view at the top. The majestic panoramic views of Anchorage and the glistening waters of the Cook Inlet are breathtaking. Tiny white flowers peek out of the crevices in the snow laced rocks and the clouds appear to touch the mountain.
You become a part of the community of hikers, the parents hiking with a sleeping baby wrapped in a yellow blanket, the young man with his black lab, the grandfather hiking with his son and two grandchildren; all locals who shared that they regularly hike Flattops trails.
It’s 2,200 feet to the summit. While the locals will say it’s an easy hike, for our group it was a steep and at times a difficult climb to the top. The gravel on the path kept slipping under our feet and towards the top the trail turned into nothing but rock. The way down was even more challenging but it was worth it. Many of our group overcame their fear of heights and rose to the challenge of our first adventure. #flattopmountain
How to get there?
To get to Flattop Mountain it’s easier to reserve the Flattop Mountain Shuttle in advance, it drops you off at the base of the mountain and will wait for you to make your return trip back to downtow