"Go to Alaska, not Anchorage" Alaska Tourist Trap Tip by cruisingbug

Alaska Tourist Traps: 30 reviews and 23 photos

  Turnagain Arm, Alaska
by cruisingbug

Anchorage is a gateway, not a destination. Yet, it's home to more than half the state's residents (which are still mostly male). The saying for single women in Alaska is "where the odds are good, but the goods are odd." One has to wonder why so many people visit and live in this metropolis in the middle of the country's most awe-inspiring wilderness. Like RCCL says, you gotta GET OUT THERE to experience the true Alaska!

Unique Suggestions: If you do nothing else outside of Anchorage, at least drive south on the Seward Highway along Turnagain Arm. You'll see bird sanctuaries, rockclimbers, whale watching stations (and maybe a beluga!), and experience a taste of true Alaska's scenic beauty.

Fun Alternatives: You might as well go to Seattle, or Portland, or Denver, or any other city in America with mountains around it. Anchorage has a Wal-Mart with a McDonald's inside. 'Nuff said.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jun 24, 2004
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