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