Views from a Sunny Day in Anchorage, Alaska

by Janis on September 7, 2011

A Statute of Captain James Cook Overlooks Cook Inlet

Sailing on his flagship Revolution in search of the Northwest Passage, Captain James Cook visited Alaska in 1778. Cook Inlet, the body of water that stretches 180 miles from the Gulf of Alaska to Anchorage was named after the Captain.

North America’s Highest Mountain is Visible 

On a clear day, Mt. McKinley, better known locally at Denali, punctures the  skyline view from Anchorage with its massive white peaks.

The ms Amsterdam calls on the Port of Anchorage

 Holland America Line’s ms Amsterdam is one of the rare cruise ships that stops at the Port of Anchorage, on 14-day itineraries sailing roundtrip from Seattle.

View of Downtown Anchorage from Earthquake Park

The park commemorates the site where huge tracts of land slid into Cook Inlet, during the 1964 “Good Friday” earthquake — North America’s most powerful recorded earthquake. The park — left in its natural state since 1964 — features an interpretive displays explaining the quake, plus the area’s geology, flora and fauna.

It’s also an ideal spot to view the city, Cook Inlet and Mount McKinley.

The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail Offers Close-Up Views of Cook Inlet

 Accessed from 2nd Avenue, the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail runs more than 10 miles from downtown Anchorage to Kincaid Park.   The tides and corresponding mud flats attract a waterfowl and other wildlife.

The Sun Setting Behind Sleeping Lady

 The perfect ending to a beautiful day: the sun setting behind the mountain known as “Sleeping Lady.”

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