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Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska teeming with natural beauty in its wilderness but has the big city amenities that visitors can enjoy the best of both worlds. The usual dream vacations to Alaska revolve around scenic nature hikes or cruises along the glaciers and majestic mountains. But with the modern changes in downtown Anchorage will offer travelers more reasons to stay longer in the state’s most inhabited city.

Anchorage has almost 300,000 residents that enjoy both urban modernity and the beautiful wilderness amidst beautiful natural landscape. This year round travel destination offers the once in a lifetime experience of the best Anchorage attractions where exploration and adventure come to play.

Best Times to Visit Anchorage

Anchorage is a destination that can be visited any time of the year. Although afflicted with the misconception that this area is cold and dark, but the truth is the city is located far south of the Arctic Circle and protected by the Chugach Mountains with the warm currents coming in from Japan through the Pacific Ocean. The weather here is relatively mild and moderate year round.

Summer has the highest average temperature of 65 degrees Fahrenheit and this is the best time to visit and enjoy Anchorage. Springtime through fall the weather here is very similar to the spring climate of San Francisco with high temperature that can reach into the 70’s degrees. Spring and fall are also best for travelers with lesser crowds and bearable temperatures. While winter brings in snow with high temperatures that can plummet into the 20’s, a climate that is very typical in some ski resorts around Europe and Rocky Mountains. For those who prefer to brave out the low temperature weather during winter expect to experience the very best outdoor winter activities here with many exciting things to do in Anchorage including the sighting of the famous Northern Lights. With low humidity Anchorage provides a comfortable climate to guests traveling this beautiful city.

Best Places to go and Best Things to do in Anchorage

Anchorage is one of the top cities in Alaska that is a very ideal destination due to its good proximity. The city offers great urban downtown modern amenities while a short drive will take you to scenic spots and to the amazing wilderness. Many of Anchorage attractions are conveniently located that you will not have to travel far away. Anchorage truly offers the best of both worlds- sophisticated modern city life and great outdoor adventures.

  • WALK, HIKE or BIKE to SCENIC TONY KNOWLES COASTAL TRAIL - This family friendly outdoor trail offers a great place to bike, walk or even skates along its 11 mile paved pathway great for both young and old explorers. Zigzagging from the downtown area passing through the Alaska Aviation Museum then to Kincaid Park the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail is perfect for 3 or more hours of leisure walking or biking. Considering the many scenic views that you can capture in your photos this trip could last longer than expected. Summer time is the best time if you want to catch a glimpse of beluga whales at the Cook Inlet. Walking along this trail during winter, trailblazers can spot moose in Kincaid Park.

  • SPEND a RELAXING DAY at the KINCAID PARK - . For both nature lovers and city dwellers the Kincaid Park offers a perfect recluse with wide open spaces, fantastic landscape and fascinating views. This park is conveniently located and highly accessible from downtown via the Raspberry Road or from Tony Knowles Trail. This beautiful 1,500 acre park offers the best view of the Cook Inlet and home to several animals like foxes, porcupines and moose. Kincaid Park is open daily from 10 am until 10 pm and everyone comes in for free.

  • HAVE a GREAT FISHING ADVENTURE in ANCHORAGE - Anchorage is the perfect spot for any type of angler with easy access to lakes, saltwater and rivers. Hailed as one of America’s Best Fishing Cities by Field & Stream magazine waters here are bountiful with monstrous halibut, Pacific salmons and trophy trout just within a few hours of driving or opt for a fly out fishing trip. It is not very unusual to see office people here to go fishing after work at Ship Creek right in downtown Anchorage to catch salmon for dinner. For scenic views of the magnificent Chugach Mountains the Jewel Lake is an exceptional fishing spot considered as a treasured gem of Anchorage. Jewel Lake has all the amenities such as picnic facilities, beach area and kid’s playground for a whole day of fun. While the Campbell Point Lake is located right in the heart of the scenic Kincaid Park.

  • ENJOY WINTER and SKI or SNOWBOARD on the ALPINE SLOPES in ANCHORAGE - Skiing and snowboarding are popular things to do in Anchorage during winter. Exceptional alpine snow from high mountain peaks offers the very best snow conditions that nature can offer. There are many ski spots here great for any type of skier. For amateurs and beginners the Hilltop Ski Area provides easy zipping downhill in just a short time. Nestled neatly at the southeast end of Anchorage is easily accessible just 15 minutes away from downtown. The gentle slopes of Hilltop provide skiers and snowboarders an easy and leisurely path weaving against the base of the scenic Chugach State Park. Snowboarders can master their aerial stunts on the famous “Mongoline” which is a permanent half pipe. The Karl Eid Ski Jumping Facility is just adjacent to the Hilltop Ski Area.

  • KAYAKING, CANOEING and RAFTING in ANCHORAGE - Fun water activities like kayaking, canoeing and rafting are all possible here in Anchorage. Submit yourself to the impressive immense wilderness by way of water during summer in Anchorage. Enjoy exhilarating views while floating the waters of the easy going Matanuska River and for more thrilling water rafting the rapids of Sixmile Creek is an outrageous water ride to remember. Choose your own water adventure from scenic and leisure floats; thrilling and longer rides to several days of wilderness water rides.

  • VIEW the BEAUTY of ANCHORAGE by AIR - Flightseeing is a very popular choice among tourist to view the exhilarating glaciers, mountains and coastal areas. Sightseeing by plane will take you to the best Anchorage attractions such as the spectacular highest mountain in North America the Mount McKinley, Kenai Fjords National Park, Harding Icefield and the Prince William Sound. Flightseeing Anchorage tours are available at floatplane bases and city airports offering helicopters, floatplanes and fixed-wing aircraft rides.

Best Places to Stay while in Anchorage

Anchorage has many special accommodations suited to all kinds of travelers. From first class to boutique type hotels; local cozy inns to traditional lodging places delivering comfort and convenience to guests.

  • The Hotel Alyeska - popular among Anchorage visitors, Hotel Alyeska offers the best accommodations with sophisticated hotel rooms, superb customer service and the spectacular view of Chugach State Park. Considered as one of Alaska’s premiere ski resorts.

  • Residence Inn by Marriott Midtown - offers the best amenities in spacious suites available in studio, one bedroom and two bedrooms. All equipped with kitchens with eating area plus free complimentary breakfast.

  • Historic Anchorage Hotel - a premier boutique type hotel is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This beautiful and historical hotel offers elegantly designed rooms, which is conveniently located right in the heart of downtown Anchorage.

  • Alaskan Frontier Gardens B&B - this beautiful and charming bed and breakfast offers a memorable lodging experience through elegant décor, fine beddings and superb garden ambience. Tucked in the quiet but convenient location in Hillside area that is sure to offer guests a quiet escape in exhilarating surroundings.

Best Places to Eat in Anchorage

Anchorage dining experience offers the very best fresh seafood dishes in various mouthwatering creations by Alaskan chefs in restaurants in Anchorage. Have a taste of the famous Alaska king crab, wild salmons, halibuts and shellfish dishes served fresh right out of the fishing docks. With many restaurants around downtown you can also have the finest international cuisines along with cafes and local eateries that can satisfy any kind of taste both locals and tourists are craving for.

  • Simon and Seafort’s Saloon and Grill - Popularly known by many as “Simon’s”, this restaurant is now a landmark that offers great tasting dishes from grilled prime steak to roasted chicken Dijon with the very best panoramic views of Cook Inlet at Mount Susitna and the majestic Alaska Range. Freshly caught seafood is innovatively cooked in variety of signature dishes since 1978.

  • Snow City Café - is a famous brunch café in Anchorage serving the best tasting breakfast and lunch meals made from the finest and freshest ingredients prepared with love. People around are trooping the Snow City Café during summer to grab a sumptuous meal in downtown Anchorage. Serving delicious sandwiches, soups and fresh salads, and vegetarian dishes great for any type of eater.

  • Humpy's Great Alaskan Alehouse - definitely a must for any Anchorage guest who long for great tasting food, good Alaskan beers and live entertainment from live music playing the blues or acoustic rock, sports shown on the huge TV monitor to pub quizzes. This exciting place offers the best tasting Alaskan king crab, pastas, original burgers and a whole lot more. A casual dining with a neighborhood ambience that offers great food and draught beers at friendlier prices. A well-known place for an exciting and fun downtown nightlife scene. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in downtown Anchorage.

Anchorage is definitely an exciting tourist destination. With many scenic places to explore and great Anchorage tours, that will take you high on a snowcapped mountain to streams and glimmering lakes down below. A charming downtown city with all the modern amenities amidst the teeming wilderness offering the best unforgettable travel experiences that will definitely make you want to come back for more.

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