It’s spring break in Alaska, but that doesn’t mean you can’t head to the beach! Anchorage is home to three sprawling beaches including Kincaid Beach, Goose Lake and Little Campbell Lake. Although visitors probably shouldn’t break out their bikinis and trunks, Alaskan beaches offer their own kind of magic.

Kincaid Beach is just a few minutes from downtown, and Kincaid Park is at the heart of this recreation site. Here, you’ll find jump-off points in warmer months (or for those who want to brave the cold!) as well as a gentle two-mile hike to the only sandy beach in the region. Kincaid is the beach that looks like Southern California with very fine sand and driftwood, but the temperatures will tell you otherwise.

Beach Parties

Goose Lake is tucked into central Anchorage, minutes from the university. Here, you’ll spy Pacific loons flanking the lake. Rent a paddleboat at the café to get closer! At Little Campbell Lake, this little gem of wilderness is in the center of the city. It’s quiet, peaceful and gorgeous. Discover lily pads and flourishing forest trails.

Smaller beaches like Lake Hood Swimming Beach and Campbell Beach are also popular spots for beach bums. Enjoy a picnic at Lake Hood, or stroll across the Campbell Bridge. Alaska visitors get the best of both worlds this spring break: Beaches and Alaskan wilderness in one stunning package.