What remains of the most powerful recorded earthquake in U.S. and North American history is best viewed from the beautiful Earthquake Park. The 1964 Anchorage earthquake lasted roughly four minutes, registered a 9.4 on the Richter scale, and slid a whole section of south-central Alaska into Cook Inlet. Now the trail into the park offers guests unparalleled views of the Coastal Trail, Anchorage, Cook Inlet and Mt McKinley (otherwise known as Denali), and is a preferred resting spot for a day in the wilderness or an afternoon picnic. A well-loved day hike and quick escape from Anchorage, the Earthquake Park is not to be missed.
Earthquake Park is located at 4306 West Northern Lights Blvd., Turnagain Heights. You can arrive there by heading West on Northern Lights Blvd and heading up what turns into the Coastal Trail.