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Enjoy wildlife and culture in America’s last frontier
Anchorage, Alaska is a modern metropolis perched on the edge of a seemingly endless frontier. Approximately 300,000 people share the greater Anchorage area with wolves, eagles and many other forms of wildlife. Indeed, the spectacular mountains and dense forests lend America's northernmost city a distinct sense of place.
Anchorage offers treats for all five senses. Sunrises and sunsets are achingly beautiful, and the calls of owls are haunting. The seafood dishes served at Anchorage hotels and restaurants entice and satisfy guests with coastal produce. And you will never forget the experience of stepping into the cool, refreshing waters of Cook Inlet.
Things to see
The Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, which opened in 1968, provides a powerful overview of the history and culture of the largest U.S. state. Its collections include thousands of historical objects and hundreds of thousands of photographs. Dioramas depict various eras of Alaskan life, and Native American artifacts demonstrate the ingenuity of the region's first inhabitants.
Chugach National Forest
Located 112 miles from Anchorage and certainly worth the trip, Chugach National Forest contains some of the most striking wilderness areas in the world. In Portage Valley, you'll find the remains of not one, but five glaciers. When fishing on or relaxing near Russian River, visitors will experience a peacefulness bordering on the transcendent.
Anchorage Free Walking Tour
On the Anchorage Free Walking Tour, your guide will review the intriguing story of this municipality's development, and you'll see some of its most exciting landmarks, shops and eateries. No matter the weather, these tours depart from the intersection of D Street and Fourth Avenue at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. every day except Sunday, and they last between 75 and 90 minutes.
April through October The weather in Anchorage during the spring, summer and fall is surprisingly moderate. That’s due, in part, to Pacific Ocean currents that reach the city and have a warming effect. In April, the average temperature is 43 degrees Fahrenheit, and in May, it's 54 degrees. Summer temperatures are typically around 65 degrees. In September, the average temperature drops to 57 degrees, and in October, it's about 43 degrees. July through October marks the rainiest part of the year; the average monthly precipitation during that period spans approximately 1.9 to 2.9 inches of rainfall. November through March Winters in Anchorage are long, and their daylight hours are short. In December, January and February, the average daily temperature is below 30 degrees Fahrenheit. In November, the average temperature is 31 degrees, and in March, it's slightly above freezing at 34 degrees. What's more, the average annual snowfall in this city is an incredible 79 inches per year.
Yearly events of note
Anchorage Market and Festival
In downtown Anchorage, Saturdays in the summer are synonymous with the Anchorage Market and Festival, a free outdoor bazaar with more than 300 booths. At this marketplace, you can buy everything from toys and jewelry to fresh bison meat. In every direction, you'll find street performers entertaining crowds with music, magic and daring feats.
The start of the Iditarod
Alaska's most famous athletic event is the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race; it begins in Anchorage and ends in Nome several days later. On the first Thursday evening in March, the Dena'ina Center hosts the race's competitors, as well as 2,000 members of the public, at a dinner called the Musher's Banquet. Two days later, you can watch as the dogs and their human friends make their final preparations. The actual start of the race is a genuine spectacle, complete with thousands of cheering fans.
Downtown Summer Solstice Festival
In Anchorage, there are 22 hours of daylight on the first day of summer, which makes for a great excuse to party. On that day, Fourth Avenue and Town Square host live musical extravaganzas, skateboarding demonstrations and a chainsaw carving contest. Plus, many of Alaska's finest chefs prepare some of their favorite dishes. At the Hero Games, Alaskan police officers, firefighters and other professional lifesavers battle in a series of obstacle courses and amusing competitions; the tricycle race is definitely a highlight.
Recently booked Anchorage hotels
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|GuestHouse Inn & Suites Anchorage||23 hours ago||$75|
|Hampton Inn Anchorage||1 day ago||$111|
|Westmark Anchorage Hotel||1 day ago||$99|
|Embassy Suites by Hilton Anchorage||1 day ago||$168|
|Super 8 Anchorage||1 day ago||$65|
|Ramada Anchorage||1 day ago||$63|
|Holiday Inn Express ANCHORAGE||1 day ago||$122|
|Coast International Inn||1 day ago||$99|
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Featured Anchorage Hotels
401 East 6th Avenue
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The Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and Spa is one of Alaska's finest hotels. The oversized rooms are perfect for business travelers with desks, fax/copier/printers, high-speed Internet service and free...
1000 Arlberg Ave.
One of the premier destinations in Alaska throughout the year is the Hotel Alyeska in Girdwood. The hotel resort is located in a valley surrounded by Alaskan wilderness, mountains, glaciers and an...
1000 E 36th Avenue
The biggest city in Alaska boasts the famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race and has an abundance of oil companies nearby, which makes convenience a big plus for our Anchorage hotel guests. Close to...
ok hotel but without a pool for my kid
720 W. 5th Ave.
The Westmark Anchorage hotel is located in the heart of the city, close to the convention center and business facilities, as well as some of the area's leading entertainment venues, such as the...
4411 Spenard Road
Guests Love Anchorage Airport Hotel's Free Shuttle. Just like the city's urban attractions compliment the scenic backdrop, so does the Holiday Inn Express Hotel Anchorage as it combines the best of...
Wonderful Alaska Experience
3450 Aviation Dr. Anchorage
Overlooking scenic Lake Hood, Coast International Inn features an on-site restaurant with an outdoor patio and lake and mountain views. A cozy lobby space has comfortable sitting areas around a...
Very friendly staff.
4301 Credit Union Drive
Free On The House hot breakfast, Wi-Fi
Located near the Seward Highway midway between Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and University Area, the Hampton Inn – Anchorage provides convenient access to every corner of the city....
1110 West 8th Avenue
The Clarion Suites Downtown in Anchorage is located across the street from Delaney Park - the city's oldest park - which features a variety of memorials and recreational facilities. The attractions...
500 West Third Avenue
Welcome to the Hilton Anchorage hotel, located in the heart of downtown Anchorage, Alaska. This Anchorage hotel is a convenient ten-minute drive from Ted Stevens International Airport, and within...
600 East Benson Boulevard
Free cooked-to-order breakfast, Evening Reception
This all-suite hotel in Midtown offers contemporary design in an atmosphere that is distinctively Alaskan. An atrium lobby features a stone pool with custom-made whale tail fountains. Furnishings...
A nice Anchorage stay with family
1200 L St
A 2005 retrovation restored the Inlet Tower to its chic style of its 1950s origins. The plush bold and yet elegant lobby is the first indication of the comfort and style that awaits. We offer our...
3401 A Street
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Anchorage Midtown provides numerous complimentary amenities, including breakfast, Internet access and on-site parking. A complimentary airport shuttle is also...
820 West 7th Avenue
Rate includes breakfast
The Anchorage Marriott Downtown is perfectly located for all of Anchorages attractions and areas of natural beauty. From the hotel, guests are able to enjoy fabulous views, which are absolutely...
Not a good experience
108 East 8th Ave
Studio suites at the Extended Stay America - Anchorage - Downtown are designed for guests visiting the city for longer periods or just overnight. Kitchen amenities include dining tables and...
4555 Union Square Drive
Complimentary wired and Wi-Fi Internet Access
Located in the heart of Midtown, the Hilton Garden Inn Anchorage provides convenient access to attractions and business venues throughout the city. The airport, downtown and University Area are...
beds were soft, kuerig coffee makers are not for the older generation
4901 Spenard Road
Rate includes breakfast
The Courtyard by Marriott Anchorage Airport offers a complimentary shuttle to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, one mile from the hotel. The Lake Hood Seaplane Base - the busiest...
Great for overnights when flying in or out of AK
4050 University Lake Drive
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Anchorage University Lake offers modern design, up-to-date amenities and sweeping mountain views. The University of Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Pacific University are...
Awesome family trip
109 W. International Airport Road
Rich colors and contemporary decor at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Anchorage – Midtown provide a sense of sophistication. Located three miles from downtown Anchorage, the hotel provides convenient access...
Where I stay mostly when traveling to Anchorage for business
505 W. 2nd. Avenue
Living rooms, bedrooms, and full kitchens all come with each suite at the intimate, 31-room boutique Anchorage Grand. Its the perfect option for anyone looking for space to spread out and prepare...
4700 Union Square Drive
Enjoy homelike comfort, modern conveniences and a central location in Midtown Anchorage when you stay at Home2 Suites by Hilton Anchorage/Midtown. We offer easy access to restaurants, shops and...