Whether you are en route to your long-planned adventure at Tordrillo Mountain Lodge or are heading back home after the heli-skiing trip of a lifetime, the bustling city of Anchorage, Alaska serves as the main transportation hub between the pristine Alaskan wilderness surrounding the Lodge and the outside world. Most visitors to TML spend a few days of their vacation here, whether it’s in bristling anticipation of the excitement to come or in nostalgic remembrance of the wonderful time enjoyed with family and friends. Located in the south-central region of Alaska, Anchorage features a unique combination of opportunities for tourists and travelers, offering a multitude of cultural hotspots and an upbeat nightlife in addition to being surrounded by breathtaking scenery just outside of city limits. While your options for new things to try or places to explore in or around Alaska’s most populous city is both extensive and energizing, we’ve compiled a list of a few of our favorite ways to experience Anchorage, Alaska:
Sail, kayak, or cruise Prince William Sound
Immerse yourself in stunning scenery while checking out the multitude of fjords, glaciers, waterfalls, and bays that surround the calm waters of Prince William Sound, located southeast of Anchorage. Wildlife such as Grizzly Bears, deer, and eagles abound on the shorelines while whales, seals, sea lions and other aquatic life populate the sound itself. A variety of tour providers and rental agencies offer visitors many options for getting out on the water, making it possible to spend anywhere from a few hours to a whole day here. Check out a few of your cruise choices here.
If you’re interested in Alaskan history, art, and heritage, visiting the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center is the perfect activity for the whole family. Exhibits and displays portray what life was like for native Alaskans and how their culture, art, and science has changed over the years. Admission is very reasonable and the museum also houses a planetarium and a restaurant.
Alaksan Native Heritage Center
Offering a more immersive and hands-on approach to learning about Alaskan native culture, the Alaskan Native Heritage Center features life-size villages representing each of the five main indigenous groups of Alaska. The heritage of these groups is presented through storytelling, dancing, craft-making and other demonstrations. The center is staffed by native Alaskans of all ages who are very knowledgeable and eager to share their culture with visitors. There is also a free shuttle bus that runs from downtown Anchorage to the Heritage Center as well as the Museum and back.
Chugach National Forest
Chugach National Forest lies a short drive from Anchorage and features magnificent views of varying Alaskan terrain. The highway takes visitors on a stunningly beautiful drive through Chugach’s vast and dense forest with an incredible backdrop of rolling hills and towering peaks. Frequent pullout spots allow for wildlife viewing and amazing photography opportunities. If you’re looking for a little more adventure, the forest contains world-class back country hiking trails. Stick around long enough to catch a sunset here and be treated to unforgettable panoramas.
So while you plan and prepare for your stay at Tordrillo Mountain Lodge, don’t forget about the numerous ways in which you can experience Anchorage and all that it has to offer. Choose from the suggestions provided or discover your own activities to create the perfect beginning, or end, to your Alaskan adventure. For more information of transportation to and from TML, check out our travel page.