Anchorage travel guide

The City of Lights and Flowers

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You're Going to Love Anchorage

Alaska is closer than you think, and there's no better place to escape from the workaday world than Anchorage. This welcoming, walkable city has everything you could need from a tourist destination but with one big difference - it's right on the doorstep of the beautiful, mysterious Alaskan wilderness.

You can spend a whole vacation in Anchorage getting in touch with nature. Kayak to glaciers as they gently make their way out to sea, rent bikes and hit challenging trails, or just shoulder your pack and pick from hundreds of camping locations in the area.

If you love wildlife, join organized tours to see all of the area's big animals, go whale-watching or head to Anchorage Zoo. Or, you just want to relax, spend the day shopping in Downtown Anchorage before checking out superb eateries like the Crow's Nest.

With excellent plane connections to the lower 48 states, Anchorage is closer than you think, so why not make it the destination for your next getaway?

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Anchorage

What to do in Anchorage

Alaska Native Heritage Center
Chugach National Forest
Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
Anchorage Museum
Top activities & attractions in Anchorage

When to Visit Anchorage

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Most visitors to Anchorage arrive during the summer months, when temperatures rise into the 60s on a regular basis, and the mountain biking trails, hiking paths and coastal attractions are at their best. However, April and May are also good times to go if you like to ski, owing to the long daylight hours. Winter probably won't appeal to many people due to the weather conditions.

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How to Get to Anchorage

Airports near Anchorage

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Where to Stay in Anchorage

Anchorage is packed with accommodation options, many of them offering luxury suites and upscale amenities. In the highest price range, check out the Hilton Downtown or the Anchorage Marriott. Slightly lower down the price scale, the Comfort Inn is affordable and conveniently located, while Jarvi Homestay offers a welcoming B&B experience and the Arctic Adventure Hostel is the best place in town to find bargain dorm beds.

Popular Neighborhoods in Anchorage

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South Addition

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Shopping Streets

If you visit during the summer, Downtown is the place to shop. Craft vendors, farmers and artisan food makers from the region come together every weekend to take over the Downtown grid, and it's a great place to find special souvenirs for folks back home. Anchorage also has several conventional malls. The biggest and most upscale is probably 5th Avenue Mall, where you'll find brands like Sak's and JC Penney's. Dimond Center Mall is also worth a visit, if only for the range of entertainment options, including a cinema, bowling alley and ice rink.

Groceries and Other

Aside from the farmers market in Downtown Anchorage, the city has plenty of supermarkets, which is particularly handy for self-catering visitors. There's a Walmart Supercenter on A Street, a Hana Supermarket and a branch of Fred Meyer's, so finding places to buy groceries isn't an issue. However, Anchorage isn't cheap. A gallon of milk will cost over $4 and a pound of apples more than $2.30, so budget accordingly.

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Where to Eat in Anchorage

If you want to dine in authentic Alaskan style, seafood is where it's at, and Anchorage has some exceptional dining options. From elite eateries like the Crow's Nest (which has 10,000 wine bottles in its cellar) to mid-range restaurants like Simon and Seafort's or budget places like Gwennie's (where reindeer sausages are a specialty), you won't struggle to find great places to eat. Expect to pay $35 or more at high-end restaurants, but $10-15 at places like Gwennie's.

Most popular restaurants in Anchorage

Haute Quarter Grill
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Jens' Restaurant
Excellent (202 reviews)
Kincaid Grill
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Crow's Nest - Hotel Captain Cook
Excellent (197 reviews)
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Excellent (170 reviews)
Sullivan's Steakhouse - Anchorage
Excellent (157 reviews)
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