6 Things in Anchorage

Here we are, back to my series of Dream City Trips! As a Catholic Millennial, I have a desire to take an epic road trip across the country. I’d love to see all of the archdiocese in the U.S. and see their cathedrals. I also want to learn about this big, beautiful, diverse place I call home. If you would like more details on how this blog series came together, click here.

But without further ado, here are the top six things I’d like to see on a trip to Anchorage Alaska:

  1. Cathedral of the Holy Family: The cathedral has an all white exterior, that I think is reminiscent of the rampant snow they probably have that far north. The architectural design is art deco and very unique. I’d love to see what it’s like to be a Catholic in Alaska.
  2. Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center: If there is one thing I know about Alaska, it’s that they have exceptional wildlife. This conservation center has a 1.5 mile trail visitors can either walk or drive to see the amazing creatures. They have eagles, lynx, and brown bears. What is the plural for lynx?  Lynxs? Lynxes? Anyway…this organization works to protect these and other amazing creatures and their habitats.
  3. Eklutna Historical Park: This fascinating looking place is home to St. Nick’s, a Russian Orthodox Church. It highlights the customs, history, and culture of Alaskan Native peoples and Russian Orthodoxy. It has small colorful boxes called Spirit Houses and I’d to learn what they are all about.
  4. Indian Valley Mine: This mine was built to find gold and was operated between 1920 and 1939. Today, it’s 20 acres are used to mine quartz. Visitors can learn gold panning techniques and staying a delightful little B&B called Turnagain View.
  5. Anchorage Museum: If you’ve been following this series, you know I love a museum. This one seems spectacular because it highlights important aspects of Alaska, namely, her native peoples and their cultures as well as what it is like living on a fault line. The threat of earthquakes is probably always on the minds of the people who live in that area of the content, the museum houses a Shake Table which simulates quakes. My favorite thing I found about the museum is their dedication to public art. Art, history, and culture, should not be for the few, the wealthy, and the educated. I can get behind any organization working to bring these things to all people.
  6. Paint a Scarf: This seems like a fantastic way to spend an afternoon, painting scarves! It looks like one can paint their scarf either outside in nature near a beautiful creek, or inside a cabin near a beautiful fire. While scarves are drying, they promise Alaskan tea. I love tea.

I’m not sure Alaska is the place a lot of people would think to visit, especially in my part of the country. We live in the cold, here in the midwest, and most of us would like to fly south. But I think our 49th state has a lot of amazing things to offer. I’d love to learn more about Native American cultures and history, especially how they have thrived so far north for so long.

If you have any recommendations on things to see in Anchorage, please write them in the comments below. If you’ve missed any of the other Dream City Trip posts, click here. And subscribe to see more, we have a lot of cities left to cover, and hopefully vlogs of these amazing places some day. If you enjoyed this post, consider sharing it on social media and becoming a supporter of TheGenFem, here.

Thank you, and have a sparkly day!

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