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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.

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Where to stay in Anchorage

Anchorage showing marine life and a river or creek

Downtown Anchorage

3.5/5Good!(1,365 area reviews)

Travelers to Downtown Anchorage praise its popular shops. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to make a stop by Anchorage Museum and Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall.

Downtown Anchorage
Popped into this sizeable shop to pick up some gifts. Was quite impressed with it, seemed to have a good selection of reasonably priced bits and bobs It also claims to have one of the biggest chocolate waterfalls.

Midtown Anchorage

4/5Very Good!(777 area reviews)

Midtown Anchorage is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Arctic Benson Park and Z.J. Loussac Library - Main Branch while in the area.

Midtown Anchorage
The Lakefront, by Millennium Hotels is the perfect place to stay for airplane lovers like myself!  My wife and I enjoyed taking photos at the world’s busiest seaplane base with an average 190 flights a day.

Spenard

3.5/5Good!(1,106 area reviews)

The ample dining options and fantastic lake views are top of the list for many visitors to Spenard. A stop by Arctic Benson Park or Pop Carr Park might round out your trip.

Spenard
#GoldenHour

Snowy mountains in Alaska dressed in sunset gold.

Rogers Park

4/5Very Good!(60 area reviews)

Visitors to Rogers Park enjoy its restaurants, and if you want to do some exploring, Chester Creek Greenbelt Park is worth a stop.

Rogers Park
Point Woronzof Park featuring general coastal views, a sunset and a city

Turnagain

4/5Very Good!(85 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Turnagain, Earthquake Park and Lake Hood Harbor are top sights worth seeing.

Turnagain
Eagle Creek, Alaska - about 60 moles South of Anchorage.

University Area

4.5/5Wonderful!(19 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in University Area, Alaska Airlines Center and Goose Lake Park are top sights worth seeing.

University Area

Top Hotels in Anchorage

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Lakefront Anchorage
The Lakefront Anchorage
3.5 out of 5
4800 Spenard Road, Anchorage, AK
The price is $119 per night

Located in Spenard, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Lake Hood Harbor, DeLong Lake Park, and Jewel Lake. Bootlegger Cove and Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum ...

3.9/5Very Good! (1,893 reviews)

"The beds were very comfortable and thebroom had a refrigerator. The food was real good. Unfortunately, the room did not have microwave and was very, very warm."…"

Reviewed on May 25, 2020

The Lakefront Anchorage
Alyeska Resort
Alyeska Resort
4 out of 5
1000 Arlberg Ave, Girdwood, AK
The price is $149 per night

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,266 reviews)

"Our stay was quick but pleasant, the views were mesmerizing"…"

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2020

Alyeska Resort
Aptel Studio Hotel
Aptel Studio Hotel
2.5 out of 5
624 Rodeo Place, Anchorage, AK
The price is $89 per night

Located in Airport Heights Community Council, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, University of Alaska - Anchorage, and Alaska ...

4.1/5Very Good! (787 reviews)

"For the price you would assume the overall quality wasn't going to be so positive. But it was."…"

Reviewed on May 24, 2020

Aptel Studio Hotel

Popular places to visit in Anchorage

Alyeska Ski Resort
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Alyeska Ski Resort

4.5/5(136 reviews)

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

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
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Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

4.5/5(64 reviews)

Enjoy a trip to Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a well-known attraction in Eagle River. Discover the area's mountain views and top-notch restaurants.

Alaska Zoo
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Alaska Zoo

4/5(120 reviews)

Visit the native and exotic animals and see why Alaska Zoo is a popular stop in Anchorage. Stroll along the lakeside or seek out the hiking trails.

Portage Glacier
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Portage Glacier

4.5/5(71 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Portage Glacier, a lovely green space in Eagle River. Discover the area's glaciers and restaurants.

Anchorage Alaska Public Lands Information Center
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Anchorage Alaska Public Lands Information Center

4/5(107 reviews)

You can spend time browsing the exhibits at Anchorage Alaska Public Lands Information Center during your travels in Anchorage. In the area, take in the fascinating museums and mountain views.

Earthquake Park
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Earthquake Park

4.5/5(243 reviews)

Explore the lovely green spaces of Earthquake Park and also enjoy the hiking trails in Anchorage. While you're in the area, stroll along the lakeside.

Top things to do in Anchorage

Half-Day Post-Cruise Transfer Tour: Seward to Anchorage
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Half-Day Post-Cruise Transfer Tour: Seward to Anchorage

94% of travellers recommend
$61
Per adult
Matanuska Glacier Walk with Lunch
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Matanuska Glacier Walk with Lunch

100% of travellers recommend
$299
Per adult
Turnagain Arm & Wildlife Tour with Glacier Cruise
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Turnagain Arm & Wildlife Tour with Glacier Cruise

100% of travellers recommend
$225
Per adult
Helicopter Flight & Glacier Dog Sledding Tour
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Helicopter Flight & Glacier Dog Sledding Tour

100% of travellers recommend
$554
Per adult
Anchorage City Trolley Tour
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Anchorage City Trolley Tour

98% of travellers recommend
$20
Per adult
Anchorage to Whittier Transfer with Wildlife Park
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Anchorage to Whittier Transfer with Wildlife Park

$52
Per adult

Reviews of Anchorage

4.1

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
796
5 - Excellent 32.0064334539606%
4 - Good
1159
4 - Good 46.60233212706071%
3 - Okay
446
3 - Okay 17.933252915158825%
2 - Disappointing
64
2 - Disappointing 2.573381584238038%
1 - Terrible
22
1 - Terrible 0.8845999195818255%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 31, 2020

Anchorage was great. Easy to navigate the city. Dining options were great and family friendly. Beautiful mountains.

5/5 - Excellent

KB

May 31, 2020

Absolutely beautiful

4/5 - Good

Cassius

May 26, 2020

Anchorage is a place to go if you want to look at the scenery, go shoppi, or get a good bite to eat at many choices of restaurants. You can visit the Alaska Zoo, drive to Flat Top, or a Park by the inlet. You can also drive to towns on the peninsula.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 24, 2020

I live in Anchorage but I work in Juneau so I’m familiar with everything in Anchorage. I came for peace and quiet.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

May 23, 2020

Felt not safe when I was walking to Walmart, Barnes & Noble and some other places. I could see so many homeless people were near by hotel, bus stop and intersection.

2/5 - Disappointing

StevenH

May 13, 2020

The town, overall, is noisy and hateful. Way too much begging for beer money at the intersections.

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