After a few busy summer months, there are only a few final weeks of summer, before the kids head back to school.


For many, summer vacations are now in the rear view, but that doesn’t mean the adventures have to end. Alaskans in Anchorage can be tourists in their own backyards, courtesy of Erin Kirkland from AKontheGo. She has created a First-Timers Guide to Anchorage. Kirkland came up with the idea for the guide after family came to visit and wanted to show them the best sights in Anchorage.


The first stop was Ship Creek at the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery, which tells the story about how important sport fishing is in Alaska. They also visited a Southcentral “beach”: Kincaid Park’s sand dunes.


On a rainy day, Kirkland recommends the Anchorage Trolley Tour. It’s an hour-long primer for those unfamiliar with Anchorage. Kirkland added it is an affordable way to entertain the kids and see some sights.


The Anchorage Museum at the Rasmuson Center is a hidden treasure in Downtown Anchorage. Beyond the exhibits, there’s a Discovery Center, which used to be called the Imaginarium — for the kids. The museum also has an atrium with a cafe for parents.


Lifetime Adventures Alaska, located in downtown, has a bike rental, so the whole family can explore the miles of trails that run through the city when the sun shines.


For a day trip, Kirkland says to hop on the highway and drive south. Girdwood is under an hour away, with beautiful views, hikes, and the Alyeska Tram to scale the mountain without the steep hike.


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