AnchorageUnited States of America

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Visit Anchorage

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.

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Top hotels in Anchorage

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Alyeska Resort
Alyeska Resort
4 out of 5
1000 Arlberg Ave, Girdwood, AK
AU$247
per night
Dec 17 - Dec 18

Located in the mountains, this ski-in/ski-out hotel in Girdwood is within 1 mi (2 km) of Chugach National Forest and Girdwood Center for Visual Arts, and close ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,150 reviews)

"Nice place to stay right at the bottom of the mountain. Inside is beautiful on this hotel and there’s a restaurant and and other little businesses within the building."…"

Reviewed on 15 Dec. 2019

Alyeska Resort
The Lakefront Anchorage
The Lakefront Anchorage
3.5 out of 5
4800 Spenard Road, Anchorage, AK
AU$151
per night
Jan 12 - Jan 13

Conveniently located near the ski slopes, this Spenard hotel is situated on a lake within 2 miles (3 km) of Lake Hood Harbor, DeLong Lake Park and Jewel Lake. ...

3.9/5Very Good! (1,737 reviews)

"Overall a good place to stay, convenient to the airport."…"

Reviewed on 14 Dec. 2019

The Lakefront Anchorage
Aspen Suites Hotel Anchorage
Aspen Suites Hotel Anchorage
2.5 out of 5
100 E Tudor Rd, Anchorage, AK
AU$111
per night
Dec 29 - Dec 30

Located in Midtown Anchorage, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Z.J. Loussac Library - Main Branch and within 3 miles (5 km) of Sullivan Arena and University ...

4.3/5Excellent! (917 reviews)

"Location was perfect. Wish there were USB ports in the rooms, don’t forget your power plug in!"…"

Reviewed on 6 Dec. 2019

Aspen Suites Hotel Anchorage

Popular things to do 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. 

Top activities in Anchorage

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center & Turnagain Arm Tour
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Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center & Turnagain Arm Tour

AU$112

Board your Turnagain Arm Shuttle for the guided drive along Alaska’s most scenic highway. From beginning to end there are dramatic views of mountain scenery and the Cook Inlet. At the 140-acre Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, jaws drop in awe-even those of longtime Alaskans.

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$72

Explore Anchorage with a native guide to discover the history and heritage of Alaska's largest city. Take in the view from Ship Creek and Point Woronzof, browse the goodies at Alaska Wild Berry Products and the knives at the ULU Factory, and admire native art at the ANMC.

Wildlife Tour with Visit to Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
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Wildlife Tour with Visit to Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

AU$146

Dive into the untamed wildnerness outside Anchorage to look for the Inside Passage's most iconic wildlife. Scope out everything from sturdy moose to lumbering grizzlies along the shores of Turnagain Arm and pay a visit to the critters being cared for at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

Reviews of Anchorage

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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Oct 6, 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 traveler

Sep 11, 2019

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

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Aug 5, 2019

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

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jul 30, 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 traveler

Jul 6, 2019

The aircon was super noisy. Whole place needs updating.

5/5 - Excellent

Jacob

Jun 21, 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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Travel Activities to Support Wildlife Conservation
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Travel Activities to Support Wildlife Conservation

See amazing animals while supporting wildlife conservation with these eco-friendly travel activities.

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