3/5 - Okay
Verified travelerOct 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.
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.
Reviewed on 15 Dec. 2019
Reviewed on 14 Dec. 2019
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.
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.
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.
JacobJun 21, 2019
The coastal trail was beautiful with stunning views. Helihiking on the Knik Glacier ..an awesome experience we’ll never forget.
See amazing animals while supporting wildlife conservation with these eco-friendly travel activities.