Anchorage

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Anchorage featuring a sandy beach and a sunset

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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The Lakefront Anchorage
The Lakefront Anchorage
3.5 out of 5
4800 Spenard Road, Anchorage, AK
The price is AU$167 per night from 2 Jan. to 2 Jan.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Lake Hood Harbor, DeLong Lake Park and Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum. Lynn Ary Park and Business ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,067 reviews)
"The property and the views of the lake are great. The rooms are spacious and clean. Our room stayed very warm, so much so that we had to run A/C at night (it was about 5 degrees outside). The mini fridge in the room wasn’t working, but I’m sure we could have asked for another one if we really needed ..."

Reviewed on 6 Dec. 2021

The Lakefront Anchorage
Alyeska Resort
Alyeska Resort
4 out of 5
1000 Arlberg Ave, Girdwood, AK
The price is AU$313 per night from 12 Dec. to 12 Dec.
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 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,148 reviews)
"Nice resort to spend an anniversary with the special one."

Reviewed on 29 Nov. 2021

Alyeska Resort
Comfort Suites Anchorage International Airport
Comfort Suites Anchorage International Airport
2.5 out of 5
2919 W International Airport Rd, Anchorage, AK
The price is AU$178 per night from 9 Jan. to 9 Jan.
Located in Spenard, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Lake Hood Harbor, DeLong Lake Park and Business Park Wetlands Special Management Area. Alaska Aviation ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (979 reviews)
"Everyone I came into contact with was very nice. Each time was someone new so it’s nice to know that all staff here are friendly and helpful. I did end my trip by a day but to no fault of the hotel, we had a change in plans. Weren’t charged for a last minute change."

Reviewed on 27 Nov. 2021

Comfort Suites Anchorage International Airport
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Home2 Suites by Hilton Anchorage / Midtown
Home2 Suites by Hilton Anchorage / Midtown
3 out of 5
4700 Union Square Drive, Anchorage, AK
The price is AU$179 per night from 24 Dec. to 24 Dec.
Located in Midtown Anchorage, this aparthotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Business Park Wetlands Special Management Area and within 3 miles (5 km) of University of ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (482 reviews)
"It was a very nice hotel. Staff was friendly and helpful!"

Reviewed on 8 Nov. 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Anchorage / Midtown
Homewood Suites by Hilton Anchorage
Homewood Suites by Hilton Anchorage
3 out of 5
101 West 48th Avenue, Anchorage, AK
The price is AU$206 per night from 13 Dec. to 13 Dec.
Located in Midtown Anchorage, this aparthotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Business Park Wetlands Special Management Area and within 3 miles (5 km) of University of ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (403 reviews)
"Spacious and clean."

Reviewed on 24 Nov. 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Anchorage
Anchorage Grand Hotel
Anchorage Grand Hotel
2.5 out of 5
505 W 2nd Ave, Anchorage, AK
Located in Downtown Anchorage, this aparthotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Alaska Statehood Monument, Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall and Port of Anchorage. Leopold ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,013 reviews)
"wish the still had breakfast bags"

Reviewed on 17 Nov. 2021

Anchorage Grand Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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