I’m really excited to interview Chris Lundgren the author of Accidental Adventures: Alaska–True Tales of Ordinary People Facing Danger in the Wilderness, about Anchorage, Alaska. Chris’ tips for the best things to do in Anchorage are awesome because she moved to Anchorage 25 years ago for a job and has been there ever since. She loves its natural beauty and the opportunity to play in the outdoors.

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Best things to do in Anchorage Alaska - Chris Lundgren - Moose in the yard
Moose in the yard.

Anchorage, Alaska

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Visit Anchorage Alaska, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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Best things to do in Anchorage Alaska - Views of Aurora Borealis at Flattop Glen Alps Trailhead by Josiah Ingels on Unsplash
Views of Aurora Borealis at Flattop Glen Alps Trailhead. Photo by Josiah Ingels on Unsplash.

Getting around Anchorage

The local airport is Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC), which is about a ten-minute drive to downtown.

Chris says that you should rent a car when visiting Anchorage since it can be hard to rely on public transportation. For the best offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

Uber and Lyft are also excellent ways to get around.

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Best things to do in Anchorage Alaska - Chris Lundgren - Eklutna Lake
Eklutna Lake

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Chris about Anchorage, Alaska. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Anchorage, Alaska
  • Green dots = best things to do in Anchorage, Alaska
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Anchorage, Alaska

Who is Chris Lundgren?

Chris is a writer who has lived, worked, and played in Alaska for 25 years. Her book, Accidental Adventures: Alaska–True Tales of Ordinary People Facing Danger in the Wilderness, came out a couple of years ago. She has written two other books as well as
articles for Runner’s World magazine, Alaska Coast magazine, Morris Communications, and other magazines and newspapers
across the country. Beyond writing, her favorite things to do are hiking, running, kayaking, cross-country skiing, and hanging
out with her family.

Best things to do in Anchorage Alaska - Chris Lundgren at Eagle River Nature Center
Chris at Eagle River Nature Center.

Here are a few articles that have been written about her book:

You can connect with Chris on Facebook.

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Best things to do in Anchorage Alaska - Chris Lundgren - Turnagain Arm along The Seward Highway
Turnagain Arm along The Seward Highway.

Stay tuned for our next episode

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Peggy Cleveland at Point Defiance.

Listen to the next episode when Peggy Cleveland of Peggy, Where Should I Go? shares the best things to do in Tacoma, Washington. In this episode, we talk about the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, Point Defiance Zoo, and the Tacoma Art Museum. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.

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