"The heart of downtown Anchorage."
4th Avenue is the main center of Downtown Anchorage, which makes it a big attraction for tourists. It's home to our first City Hall, first Boney Courthouse, and new courthouse, as well as the historic 4th Avenue Theater. The city of Anchorage works really hard to maintain the roads downtown, including lining the street with old-fashioned green lampposts with hanging flower baskets in the summer and banners in the winter. There's a wide variety of restaurants that offer patio seating, and the sidewalks are almost the size of the road. It's a natural hotspot for outdoor performers and markets, given the outdoor ampitheater on the corner of 4th and D Street- locals and visitors alike love the hotdog stands offerring reindeer sausage and polish dogs. The downside- its popularity often creates a traffic jam. Expect to cruise around at 5 mph, and fight with cars constantly stopping and going to fit themselves into the parallel parking meters that line both sides of this two-way, one lane, street.