For many of us, Alaska is a far off place that we can only dream of visiting. Anchorage is filled with incredible spots in nature to visit, making Alaska that much more magical.

Knik Glacier in Anchorage, Alaska
Photo by Ben Possehl on Unsplash
Photo by Ben Possehl on Unsplash

Alaska has always been on my list of places to visit since you can really enjoy nature there. Anchorage seems to have the best of nature, and these are just five of the best spots to enjoy that nature in Anchorage, Alaska.

Harriman Fjord

Harriman Fjord in Anchorage
Photo courtesy of Alaska Sea Kayakers
Harriman Fjord
Photo courtesy of Alaska Sea Kayakers

Harriman Fjord is a breathtaking area in Anchorage that has the Harriman Glacier at its beginning. The glacier is 8 miles long, and the fjord is the perfect place to take a kayaking trip to see nature in full force. It is about 55 miles from Anchorage.

Lake George

Lake George in Anchorage
Photo courtesy of ap0013 on Flickr
Lake George
Photo courtesy of ap0013 on Flickr

Lake George is a glacial lake outside of Anchorage, Alaska that’s filled with house-sized icebergs. It feels like the middle of nowhere since there are no roads nearby, but it is only about 50 miles from Anchorage by air taxi. Lake George is the perfect spot to canoe or enjoy a picnic lunch while enjoying the amazing views of nature. It is less than ten miles from Anchorage.

McHugh Creek

McHugh Creek in Anchorage
Photo courtesy of Alaska.org
McHugh Creek
Photo courtesy of Alaska.org

There are multiple spots to visit along the McHugh Creek recreational area. A brief walk from the parking area is an amazing 20-foot waterfall. From there you can choose multiple trails to lookout points along the creek, eventually leading to McHugh Lake and Rabbit Lake where you can enjoy nature. It is about 20 miles from Anchorage.

Portage Glacier

Portage Glacier in Anchorage
Photo courtesy of Anchorage Daily News
Portage Glacier
Photo courtesy of Anchorage Daily News

This glacier stands at ten stories high and is one of the most popular attractions in the Anchorage area. It sits at the far end of a lake, accessible by boat. Surrounded by other glaciers, it is part of The Trail of Blue Ice, a 5-mile trail that connect many nearby glaciers and campgrounds for hikers to enjoy nature. It is about 60 miles from Anchorage.

Beluga Point

Beluga Point in Anchorage
Photo courtesy of Alaska.org
Beluga Point
Photo courtesy of Alaska.org

Beluga point is the perfect spot to adventure into nature and experience the wildlife in person. From mid-July through August, you can see Beluga whales swimming up and down Cook Inlet, coming in close to the shores. Since 2000, between 300 and 375 whales travel annually to the spot. It is about 18 miles from Anchorage.


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