• Isabel Forester

Top 10 Anchorage Photo Ops

Updated: Feb 16

Hey there! Summer is here and everybody is getting outside. People often ask where I take my photos. One of the great things about life in Alaska is you can find beautiful locations right outside your doorstep - so I have compiled a list of the Top 10 Photo Ops right here in Anchorage! Keep reading to find out my top picks.



Potter Marsh

Potter Marsh in one of the most accessible wildlife viewing areas in Alaska. This wildlife refuge offers spectacular views of the Chugach mountains, wetland birds, moose, and schools of swimming salmon in certain areas.





Downtown Anchorage


Downtown Anchorage is a hotspot of culture, history, and nightlife. Great photo ops in downtown Anchorage include The Anchorage Train Depot, The Roof of the 5th Avenue Garage, and outside of the historic 4th Avenue Theatre.


Next to the Train Depot (across the street from the Ulu Factory and the Comfort Inn), there is a small section of grass with benches. This is a great area to snap photos of incoming and departing Alaska Railroad Trains. You have to time it right to catch the train, so I suggest looking up the train schedule ahead of time and being there when you know a train departing.



From the roof of the 5th Avenue Garage you get great views of the heart of Downtown Anchorage, as well as some surrounding historical sights. This is a wonderful place for shooting portraits, or getting a cityscape shot!


The outside of the 4th Avenue Theatre will instantly transport you back to the 1940’s. With its distinctive Art Deco Marquee, the 4th Avenue Theatre is great for artsy, colorful photos.


Downtown Anchorage also has many events throughout the year, including Fur Rondy in March, a Solstice Festival in June, and a monthly First Friday Art Walk. These happenings can make for great photo ops, and fun experiences!



North Fork Eagle River


For those who want a remote feel, without having to hike a mountain. North Fork Eagle River is easily accessible, the river being less than a mile walk from the trailhead. Relax on the river bank, listening to the babbling brook. A great place to get photos is from the middle of the bridge, where you can capture the surrounding mountains and the river in one perfect shot.


North Fork Eagle River

Mann Leiser Memorial Greenhouse


Located in Russian Jack Park, the Mann Leiser Memorial Greenhouse is the perfect tropical getaway during the long, cold Alaskan winters.


Open weekdays from 8:00am - 3:30pm, and weekends from 8:00am - 3:00pm, this greenhouse features parakeets, fish, and exotic plants from around the world. If you need to add some green to your Instagram feed, Mann Leiser Memorial Greenhouse is the place to go!




Eagle River Nature Center


The gateway to Chugach National Park, this Nature Center offers many different trails with spectacular views. Since this isn't an article about the best hikes in Anchorage, we're going to be talking about the Rodak Loop, a whopping 0.6 mile trek from the Nature Center. This short walk leads to a viewing deck of Eagle River Valley, rugged mountains surrounding you on every side. This spot is a wildlife hub; so be sure to bring your bear spray! You may be lucky enough to spot moose, owls, and even spawning salmon at the right time of year.




That completes this portion of the blog! To see the other 5 locations on my list, head over to Explore Anchorage's Blog! You can keep reading here!


Be sure to tag me if you go out exploring at any of these locations. I would love to see your photos. You can find me on Instagram here, and Facebook here!