aerial view of anchorage from plane

Things to Do in Anchorage if You Have a Layover

In Planning Your Trip by Bear Trail Lodge

aerial view of anchorage from plane

As you make your journey to Bear Trail Lodge from your home, you’ll likely make a few stops along the way. Typically, visitors have a layover in Anchorage before taking Ravn or Alaska Airlines to the King Salmon airport. With that said, we’ve planned your perfect Anchorage itinerary while you wait for your next flight. There are plenty of fun things to do in Anchorage, whether it’s eating, drinking, or exploring!

Restaurants

Need a quick bite to eat? Or perhaps you’d like a sit-down meal to kill some time. Check out some of these tasty restaurants in Anchorage to enjoy a delicious meal!

The Rustic Goat

Whether you’re dropping in for brunch or ending the day with dinner, The Rustic Goat has it all! From pizzas and tasty appetizers to brunch dishes like biscuits and gravy, there’s something for everyone. With an extensive menu in a welcoming environment, The Rustic Goat is a great restaurant to visit. View their menu HERE.

Snow City Cafe

Since 1998, Snow City Cafe has been serving up delectable breakfast, lunch, and brunch to Anchorage. Open 7 days a week from 7 am to 3 pm, stop in for breakfast or lunch. Their expansive menu consists of a variety of eggs benedict dishes, french toast, pancakes, burgers, sandwiches, and salads. With so many options available, it’s hard to choose! However, no matter what you opt for, you’re sure to enjoy the freshly made dish.

Hearth Artisan Pizza

If you’re a pizza-lover, stop into Hearth Artisan Pizza for a delicious meal! Their menu features a wide variety of uniquely-topped pizzas, including vegetarian options. This locally-owned and operated pizza shop has a cozy atmosphere and is the perfect place to drop in for a filling meal. In addition to tasty pizzas, they have salads, appetizers, and desserts! View their menu HERE.

Moose’s Tooth

It’s no secret that pizza and beer make for a delicious combo. If you agree, head to Moose’s Tooth! With an extensive list of beers, including revolving tap beers, you’re sure to find a tasty brew to pair with your meal. Can’t decide which to order? Get a flight so you can try multiple! In addition to their extensive beer offerings, they have a long list of pizzas on their menu. Create your own, or select one of their uniquely crafted pizzas. In addition to pizzas, they offer soups, salads, appetizers, and oven-baked sandwiches. Grab a beer and a bite, and hang out for a while in their welcoming atmosphere. View their menu HERE.

Humpy’s Great Alaskan Alehouse

Great food, great beer, and a cozy neighborhood environment are what you can expect at Humpy’s Great Alaskan Alehouse. Enjoy live music or gather to watch your favorite sports team! Offering a wide variety of food, choose from menu items like burgers, salads, and, of course, delicious seafood. Indulge in tasty Alaskan King Crab Legs or Fresh Alaskan Oysters. We recommend the fish and chips! There’s no better place to enjoy fresh seafood and an ice-cold beer. They also serve a delicious breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 3 pm. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you’re sure to enjoy a friendly atmosphere with incredible food. Check out their menu HERE.

Coffee Shops

In need of a wake-up call? Or maybe you’d like a place to do some work or read a good book. Whether you’d like to grab a quick cup of joe or enjoy a relaxing atmosphere, check out some of these local Anchorage coffee shops.

Kaladi Brothers

With several locations throughout Anchorage, drop into Kaladi Brothers for a delicious coffee! Find the shop nearest you. Originating as a simple coffee cart on the street of Anchorage, Kaladi Brothers is now one of Alaska’s favorite coffee shops! If you’re a fan of their coffee, you can even purchase a bag to take home with you.

Side Street Espresso

Side Street Espresso has been locally owned and operated by Deb Seaton and George Gee since 1992. Every day, they offer a drink special on a dry erase board, along with a drawing done by George! In fact, George has pulled some of these drawings together (225 to be exact) and published a book called “Flutters From Side Street.” In addition to their tasty coffee, they have homemade soups, pastries, and more. A visit to Side Street Espresso is a unique coffee shop experience you won’t stumble upon elsewhere!

Goldie’s Coffee Roasters

Goldie’s Coffee Roasters is locally owned by sisters! With a passion for coffee, they artisan-roast in small batches to ensure a delectable flavor. Goldie’s is the perfect place to stop by to grab a quick cup of coffee, ordering right at the pickup window! In no time, you’ll be able to enjoy a cup of their delicious coffee. If you like it, you can even buy a bag of coffee to go!

Breweries

If you’ve got plenty of time to kill, take the edge off of your anticipation with an ice-cold beer! These breweries in Anchorage are a great place to kick back, relax, and enjoy your time.

49th State Brewing

49th State Brewing is located in the heart of Anchorage! While you’re waiting for your flight, stop in for one of their delicious beers, each crafted in Alaska — the 49th state. From pale ales and lagers to IPAs and Stouts, no matter what you like, you’ll find the perfect beer for you. In addition to a wide selection of beers, they also have extensive lunch and dinner menus. Grab a bite and a brew before your flight!

Matanuska Brew Pub

Matanuska Brew Pub is a great place to gather for cold beer, cocktails, live music, and more. They serve not only delicious, Alaskan-brewed beer but also a large food menu! From pizza and salads to burgers and burritos, there’s plenty to choose from.

Glacier Brewhouse

At Glacier Brewhouse, all of their beers are brewed on-site using a 15 bbl single infusion mash system. This distinction has ranked them in the top ten of about 1,200 in the US for brewpub beer production! Their beers include Blonde, Amber, IPA, Bavarian Hefeweisen, Oatmeal Stout, Raspberry Wheat, and Imperial Blonde. Can’t decide which one you want to try? Get a flight and try a few! In addition to their beer selection, they also offer brunch (on Saturdays and Sundays), lunch, dinner, and dessert.

Recreational Activities

If you’d like to get some exploring in while you wait for your flight, you’re in luck. There are plenty of sights to see and things to do in Anchorage!

Discover the Wildlife

From moose to bears, there is plenty of wildlife to be seen in Alaska. If you walk through the local trails in Anchorage, you may be able to spot one of these beautiful creatures! However, if you want to ensure you catch sight of a moose or a bear, visit the Alaska Zoo.

Bike the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail is one of Anchorage’s most popular trails and one of the best ways to see Alaska. There are many different access points to hop onto this 11-mile trail, and there’s plenty for you to explore by foot or on a bike. You can rent bikes in Anchorage from Pablo’s Bike Rentals and ride through the trail! On your excursion, you might spot moose, beautiful foliage, and the tip of Mount McKinley, North America’s tallest peak!

Whether you have time to grab a quick meal or all day to explore the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, there are plenty of things to do in Anchorage! While you await your flight to Bear Trail Lodge, make the most of your time and enjoy all that Anchorage has to offer.

Bear Trail Lodge is a world-class fishing lodge in King Salmon, Alaska. Our all-inclusive packages range from 2-day to 7-day adventures. Depending on the type of fish you want to catch, we can recommend the perfect time of year for your visit. Schedule your Alaskan fly fishing trip at Bear Trail Lodge today!