2. See polar bears at the Alaska Zoo
Alaska Zoo is a curious thing. It started when local Anchorage-based grocery man Jack Snyder won a baby elephant called Annabelle back in 1966. By the 1970s, this trunked creature in the stables had grown into the main attraction at Alaska Children’s Zoo, while donations of other crawlies meant the exhibitions just kept getting bigger and bigger. Today, Alaska Zoo sits in the shadow of the mountains just south of the city’s Far North Bicentennial Park, where its attractions range from Nigerian dwarf goats to lynxes, from black bears to wolves and snow leopards. The piece de resistance though? Well, that has to be the polar bears, Ahpun and Lyutyik, whose home at the zoo is currently undergoing a hefty renovation.