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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Some easy ways to get around downtown Anchorage, Alaska

Getting Around Anchorage—Ulu Factory free trolley shuttle
From our RV site at Anchorage Ship Creek RV Park, it was an easy walk to Ship Creek, to the Alaska Railroad Depot and to the Ulu Factory, home of the famous curved edge ulu knives. The Ulu Factory also provides a free—as in no cost—shuttle via a vintage trolley. Since the walk to downtown is up a hill with a long, rather steep staircase, the trolley is a welcome resource. 

The shuttle runs from the factory at 211 West Ship Creek Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501-1603, to the downtown Log Cabin Visitors Center. The schedule, from 10:00 and to 7:00 pm June, July and August, is posted on the Ulu Factory web site:

Anchorage City Trolley Tours
As a way of getting acquainted with Anchorage and getting an overview of the city, Anchorage City Trolley Tours provides a one hour trolley tour for a fee. Tours begin at 4th and F Street, next to the Log Cabin Visitors Information Center.

The Alaska Railroad station, an historic landmark, is within walking distance
of downtown Anchorage high rise buidlings
The authentic sod-roofed Log Cabin Visit Anchorage Information Center is the cornerstone of Alaska adventure.

Q. How many mountain ranges can you see when you are in Anchorage?
A. Six. They include in alphabetical order the Alaska, Aleutian, Chugach, Kenai, Talkeetna and Tordrillo ranges.

Q. Is Anchorage city water clear and pure?
A. The water of Anchorage has received the honor of being named the best tasting water by none other than a conference of U.S. Mayors in a city water taste-test of cities across the USA.

Q. Has Anchorage ever been designated an All-America city?
A. Yes. Not once, and not twice, but four separate times by the National Civic League. The years on record are 1956, again in 1965, once more for 1984 to 1985, and additionally in 2002.

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