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AnchorageUnited States of America

Known as a great place to see the northern lights, this city also offers many extreme adventures, including snow-kiting and ice-bike racing.

This Alaskan city offers visitors many vantage points from which to see the northern lights, as well as extreme sporting adventures, amazing scenery and the opportunity to experience local wildlife including bears, moose and wolves.

Anchorage’s bright starry nights form a perfect backdrop for the dancing northern lights (or aurora borealis). To see them, it is best to plan to spend a few days in the area as they are variable, rather like the weather. Fall, winter and spring are the most common times to see them.

Even in the summer, temperatures rarely rise beyond 66 F (19 C), and there is snowfall most months of the year. If you don’t mind wrapping up, though, Anchorage’s unusual environment forms the perfect habitat for wildlife, including bears, moose, wolves, and beavers.

If wildlife is top of your travel agenda, visit one of the fjords or glaciers, such as Prince William Sound, where you might see whales, kittiwakes, otters, puffins and sea lions. Take a boat trip up to the face of Portage Glacier, located in Chugach National Forest. This is also where you’ll find the Chugach Mountains. Backpackers and climbers flock here in the summer, while skiers and snow walkers arrive in the winter.

Another great way to get to know the area is by dog sledding. Choose from a number of rides and tours that travel through the countryside. In the summer, when there’s no snow, sleds with wheels are provided.

Anchorage’s extreme climate means there is some great snow and ice, and locals and tourists alike take advantage of that for many winter sports such as skiing, snowmobiling and dog mushing. Winding down from the day’s excursions isn’t difficult. Local beer is a specialty; try the Polar Pale Ale or Sockeye Red IPA. Anchorage’s seafood is among the best in the country; accompany your brew with freshly caught king crab or halibut.

Anchorage Travel Guide Video

Top hotels in Anchorage

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Place Anchorage Midtown
Hyatt Place Anchorage Midtown
3 out of 5
101 EAST TUDOR RD, Anchorage, AK
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$214 per night from 22 Sep. to 23 Sep.

Located in Midtown Anchorage, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Z.J. Loussac Library - Main Branch and within 3 miles (5 km) of University of Alaska - Anchorage ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (145 reviews)

"Great place to stay. Clean and staff is very kind. Swimming pool in addition is a win specially when you travel with kids"…"

Reviewed on 14 Sep. 2020

Hyatt Place Anchorage Midtown
The Lakefront Anchorage
The Lakefront Anchorage
3.5 out of 5
4800 Spenard Road, Anchorage, AK
The price is AU$159 per night from 25 Sep. to 26 Sep.

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Lake Hood Harbor, DeLong Lake Park and Jewel Lake. Bootlegger Cove and Alaska Aviation Heritage ...

4.2/5Very Good! (968 reviews)

"The check in process was painfully slow in a lobby that was 80 degrees. It seemed like it took days to twist and wind our way back to the room. I was worried if there was a fire I would never find my way out. The room temperature was close to 80 also. That combined with wearing a mask was miserable. ..."…"

Reviewed on 14 Sep. 2020

The Lakefront Anchorage
Alyeska Resort
Alyeska Resort
4 out of 5
1000 Arlberg Ave, Girdwood, AK
The price is AU$272 per night from 22 Sep. to 23 Sep.

Located in the mountains, this ski-in/ski-out hotel in Girdwood is within a 5-minute walk of Chugach National Forest and Alyeska Ski Resort, and close to winter ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,166 reviews)

"The location and the hotel architecture is superb! The deluxe king size bedroom was very comfortable and spacious. The only thing that was annoying was the vent that was blowing full force on the bed and couches and no way to stop it. It gave me a sinus headache!!! I hope they flip the vents to blow ..."…"

Reviewed on 11 Sep. 2020

Alyeska Resort

Popular places to visit in Anchorage

Alyeska Ski Resort
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Alyeska Ski Resort

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Be thrilled with high-speed winter activity while skiing the Chugach Mountains at this resort. Enjoy year-round attractions and astonishing views. 

Chugach State Park
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Chugach State Park

4/5(2 reviews)

Encounter huge lakes surrounded by mountains, glaciers and waterfalls in one of the largest state parks in the United States.

Anchorage Museum
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Anchorage Museum

4.5/5(2 reviews)

One of the largest museums in Alaska is also one of its best, telling the stories of Alaska Native cultures and displaying artworks from this stunning state. 

Top activities in Anchorage

Anchorage All Around City Tour w/ taste of smoked salmon
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Anchorage All Around City Tour w/ taste of smoked salmon

AU$83
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Matanuska Glacier Walk with Lunch
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Matanuska Glacier Walk with Lunch

AU$419
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Matanuska Glacier Wildlife & Wilderness Photo Tour from Anch
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Matanuska Glacier Wildlife & Wilderness Photo Tour from Anch

AU$385
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Anchorage Wildlife Day Tour with Hotel Pick up
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Anchorage Wildlife Day Tour with Hotel Pick up

AU$142
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center & Turnagain Arm Tour
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Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center & Turnagain Arm Tour

AU$139
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Winter All-In-One
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Winter All-In-One

AU$367
Per adult

Reviews of Anchorage

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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

6 Oct. 2019

Went to an awesome food truck called IHOH (international house of hotdogs). Great food and extremely friendly staff. Loved my time there. Best thing about Anchorage.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

11 Sep. 2019

Great atmosphere and food at 49th state bar and restaurant, walking distance from hotel .

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

5 Aug. 2019

We haven’t seen any off it yet. We headed straight to Denali. Will see anchorage on way back

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

30 Jul. 2019

Anchorage is over sold with advertising. Its a great location to centre for activities but depressed city that does not cater for tourists all that well. Everything is overpriced and old. YOu have to pay $400 for a decent hotel room.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

6 Jul. 2019

The aircon was super noisy. Whole place needs updating.

5/5 - Excellent

Jacob

21 Jun. 2019

The coastal trail was beautiful with stunning views. Helihiking on the Knik Glacier ..an awesome experience we’ll never forget.

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