Not many big-city tours offer a near guarantee of seeing a moose—but that’s exactly what you’ll get on an Anchorage Trolley tour! This family-owned business offers a relaxed, one-hour tour in an air-conditioned trolley. It’s an ideal way to get the lay of the land in Anchorage.
See the Sights
You board the trolley outside the quaint log cabin that’s also the city’s visitors center, downtown at 4th Ave. and F Street. Then you’ll be off for an interesting and entertaining trip around town, to see and learn about a variety of city highlights. Some of the places you’ll pass are the Alaska Railroad, Earthquake Park, Cook Inlet, and the Anchorage Museum. You’ll also see Lake Hood—the busiest floatplane base in the world—and along the way you’ll keep an eye out for moose! After this great overview, you’ll have a better idea of the places you want to go back and spend more time exploring.
Learn about Anchorage Life
While this preview of major sights is great, the tour isn’t just a rundown of tourist spots. You’ll also visit older neighborhoods and get a sense of the city’s history and community spirit. Plus, the friendly driver-guides are long-time locals who offer insights into what life is really like in Alaska. You can also get some great recommendations on restaurants and shops from them!
Why a Trolley?
It was Fred Rogers and the show Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood that inspired the owner of Anchorage Trolley, Cyrus Aldeman, to start a trolley company in 1995. And it his love of Alaska that keeps him motivated to offer great tours. “Alaska isn't just where I live,” says Cyrus, “it’s who I am. And I love helping people see and feel the allure of the Last Frontier.”
It’s a mission that his driver-guides have embraced as well. “They’re life-long Alaskans who intend to spend the rest of their lives here,” says Cyrus. They’ve spent their lives hiking the Chugach Mountains, fishing the Russian River, and searching for gold in the Talkeetna Mountains, giving them their own spin on life in Alaska, which they pass along to their guests. Plus, most of them have some sort of theater background, which helps inject their tours with energy and fun.
Cyrus sees his employees—as well as his fellow Alaskans and all his guests—as part of his family. “A tour of our city makes your day a little lighter, makes everyone a little kinder, and makes us all family,” he says. “And I love expanding my family one tour at a time.”