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Fat Ptarmigan

Fat Ptarmigan (441 West Fifth Avenue, Anchorage) — Fat Ptarmigan passionately pursues the best pizza. From a wood-fired oven at the center of the restaurant, house-made mozzarella and specialty ingredients come together atop a crisp, golden crust. The pizza menu incorporates classics and packs in some surprises as well. From the simple, cheesy goodness of […]

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El Dorado Restaurant

El Dorado (4300 Old Seward Highway, Anchorage) – launched by the Hurtados family since 1997, the homey El Dorado restaurant has become a local favorite, and not just because a great Mexican restaurant is a bit of an anomaly in these parts. Visiting diners will find all the standards here, as well as some more […]

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Crush Wine Bar & Bistro

Crush Wine Bar & Bistro (328 G Street, Anchorage) – this sleek spot in downtown Anchorage has made its way to the top of the list of captivating haunts for food and wine lovers. A central locale, mellow tenor and gourmet undercurrent guarantee Crush Wine Bistro & Cellar will age as gracefully as its vintages. […]

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Crow’s Nest

  Crow’s Nest (Hotel Captain Cook, 939 West 5th Avenue, Anchorage) — located atop Tower III of downtown Anchorage’s luxurious Hotel Captain Cook, Crow’s Nest offers 360-degree views and a very pricey menu from chef Reuben Gerber (consisting of various French and American dishes). Signature dishes include Alaskan black cod with tempranillo-braised oxtail and confit […]

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Charlie’s Bakery

Charlie’s Bakery (2729 C Street, Anchorage) – Charlie’s menu is nicely balanced between homier, harder-to-find, authentic dishes and some standard, craveable Americanized Chinese favorites. One can order lo-mein, Mongolian beef and fried rice, but you can also get taro root dumplings, pork with pickled noodles soup, or even, as a special, chicken feet. The dining […]

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Bridge Seafood Restaurant

  Bridge Seafood Restaurant (221 West Ship Creek Avenue, Anchorage) — Spanning one of Alaska’s most popular sport fisheries, Ship Creek, Bridge’s connection to locally caught salmon is readily apparent. Open seasonally from the day after Memorial Day to Aug. 31, guests dine on fresh Alaska seafood as anglers cast for their own dinner in […]

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Wilderness Express

  Wilderness Express — Seeing Alaska’s many scenic wonders by train is both relaxing and fun – and many travelers recommend a domed car for clear views in all directions. Wilderness Express domed cars are one option for great viewing on Alaska Railroad routes north of Anchorage. They provide an upgraded experience at a tremendous […]

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Princess Rail Tours

Princess Rail Tours — Step aboard Princess Rail, a double-decker car with 180-degree dome views, a dining area, and large open-air platforms. Princess offers a variety of packages—departures originating in Anchorage or Fairbanks, and staying one or two nights at either Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, a Denali-area hotel—or both. Independent travelers can enjoy all […]

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Glacier Discovery Train

Glacier Discovery Train — From Anchorage, the Glacier Discovery stops briefly at the resort town of Girdwood before continuing on to Portage; here, guests may disembark to visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, home to black and brown bears, moose, caribou, wood bison and more. The train then travels through a mountain tunnel to Whittier, […]

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Denali Star Route

  Denali Star Route –– as the name implies, Denali National Park is really the star attraction of the Alaska Railroad’s Denali Star Route. The entire route spans over 350 miles from Anchorage all the way to Fairbanks, with stops along the way including Talkeetna and Denali National Park. Traveling north from Anchorage, the Denali […]