We just found out this week that we'll be visiting our daughter in Anchorage for a week in mid-August. She has lived there for two years but is basically a city girl and takes all the natural beauty of the area for granted. So I'm not sure she is our best source for trip planning.
That said, what are the absolute don't miss items? We should be able to get in one overnight trip to drive somewhere but other than that just day trips, or things around the city. After all a good part of this is a social visit. We would enjoy hiking, sightseeing, especially wildlife, love anything to do with the water. How about gold mining, is there anyplace to check that out in the area?
Sorry for the vague post, we knew we'd get a chance to visit sometime but were not quite ready and want to make the most of the opportunity.