Alaska Aviation Museum, Anchorage, AK

The Alaska Aviation Museum and the Lake Hood Seaplane base.

This has to be one of the most unusual destinations on our list. The Lake Hood Seaplane Base in Anchorage, Alaska is the largest seaplane base in America with 70,000 takeoffs and landings a year. Next to it is the Anchorage airport with jumbo jets headed all over the world. There is surely no better place to take this all  in than the Alaska Aviation Museum. It sits right in the middle.

The Alaska Aviation Museum  tells the very unique and almost otherworldly story of aviation in Alaska. From bush pilots to seaplanes to combat aircraft, it stands apart from anything you’ll see in the Lower 48. To start there are more seaplanes here than you’d otherwise see in a lifetime plus some terrific military aircraft on display including a PBY Catalina seaplane, a Huey chopper, a P-40 Warhawk, and an F-15 fighter jet.  But more to the point, the museum sits on a peninsula of land wedged between  the international airport and the one-of-a-kind Lake Hood Seaplane Base. In a word, you will be literally surrounded by action.

Grab seat outside and watch the goings on. If you’re up to it, take the self-guided walking tour of the seaplane base and see the tie down channels and visit the old control tower. But come here for the view of Lake Hood with its docks and its basins and all the airplanes coming and going. You won’t find such an experience – or such a view —  anywhere else.

Hours:  Daily 9:00am – 5:00pm

Website:  www.alaskaairmuseum.org

Walking Tours: www.alaska.org/guide

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