Anchorage Puzzle Pursuit: Downtown Murder Mystery Adventure

  • 3.5 - 4 Hours
  • Mon-SunMay 1st – September 30th
  • Walking Tour

Anchorage Adventure Tour: Downtown Murder Mystery Adventure

Step into a riveting journey through Downtown Anchorage in this 4-hour interactive adventure. As the city streets unfold before you, be prepared to be both the detective and the explorer, piecing together clues and solving intricate riddles. Each successful solution draws you deeper into the mysterious past of Anchorage.

Uncover the chilling narrative of the unsolved murder of Anchorage’s first Chief of Police, John “Black Jack” Sturgus. His puzzling demise in 1921, shot with his own weapon, is one of the city’s most intriguing tales. Each puzzle and cipher you decipher during this tour will bring you closer to the heart of this enduring enigma.

Fear not, for you won’t face this enigmatic challenge alone. A seasoned guide will accompany you, not only to assist in navigating the challenges but also to breathe life into the stories, ensuring your journey is both enlightening and entertaining.

As the mysteries unravel and the tales heighten, your adventure culminates in a well-deserved feast to celebrate your sleuthing prowess.It’s not just about reaching the end, but the tales unearthed, the secrets discovered, and the memories made along the way. Will you master the mysteries of Anchorage? The challenge beckons. Engage your wits, indulge your senses, and embark on an unforgettable journey through the city’s hidden gems. This is not just a tour; it’s a hands-on, mind-bending adventure that offers a fresh, immersive way to explore Anchorage’s rich tapestry. Perfect for families, groups, or anyone ready to think outside the box and experience the city like never before.

Trip Details

Departure Time


Meeting Point

The Historic Anchorage Hotel

320 E St, Anchorage, AK 99501

(In the alley between the Historic Anchorage Hotel and & the Hilton Hotel)


Mon-Sun, May 1st through September 30th


3.5 – 4 hours

Fitness Requirements

All guests should be able to maintain an average adult walking pace — this includes the use of any wheelchairs on tour.

Group Size

Minimum of 4, maximum of 12 guests per group

*Our tours generally meet the required minimum, but occasionally we must cancel or reschedule a tour if we don’t have enough guests to meet that minimum.


Expert Guided Experience with Personalized Attention
Interactive Adventure
Historical Insights
Final Feast
Themed Narrative
All Entrance & Activity Fees

Not Included

Guide gratuities

What to Bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Cash
  • Camera
  • Bottled water, if desired
  • An appetite!

Map to Meeting Point

What to Expect

This tour kicks off when you join your certified Alaskan guide at the meeting point, the alley between The Historic Anchorage Hotel and the Hilton Hotel, the very site where Anchorage’s first Chief of Police, John “Black Jack” Sturgus, met his mysterious end. You’re guide will take you on a 4-hour interactive adventure, where you’ll take on the role of both detective and explorer to piece together the unsolved murder.


Navigate through 4 to 5 pivotal stops in downtown Anchorage, guided by cryptic clues and riddles. Each challenge will take around 30 to 40 minutes, teamwork and wit will be essential to progress. Along the way you’ll engage with local shop owners, residents and employees with each interaction unveiling a new piece of the puzzle.


Celebrate your sleuthing success with a hearty meal at the conclusion to your adventure. Enjoy a delightful communal feast, spotlighting the best of Alaskan local ingredients and delicacies, in a handpicked, family-owned restaurant.

Good to Know

  • This tour requires moving on your own or with assistance (wheelchair) for 15 - 20 minutes at a time. Though seating at establishments is often available, it is not guaranteed. This tour is not suitable for guests who cannot move or stand on their own or with assistance for a period of 3 - 4 hours. People with hip problems, knee issues or other mobility problems should not take the tour.
  • We ask that guests arrive at least 15 minutes prior to their tour departure time.
  • Warning: We are not responsible for any food allergies or restrictions. If you have any, it is up to you to make sure that the food you eat on our tours doesn't trigger your allergies. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.
  • Unfortunately, we are unable to cater to those with special dietary restrictions (e.g. vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, etc.). The locations we visit and food we offer change frequently and sometimes with little notice. This makes it extremely difficult to make sure alternatives are available.
  • This tour operates regardless of weather, except in the case that an extreme weather advisory has been issued by state or federal authorities, or an unforeseen circumstance beyond our control. Please be prepared for all weather conditions.
  • This tour is available starting in May 2024. Check out our other tours to book a tour for the current season.
  • Our tours have a required minimum number of guests in order to run. On rare occasions tours may be canceled if this tour is not met.


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