If Anchorage, Alaska isn’t on your radar as a destination for adventures, it’s time to lure you to this city at the edge of the wilderness. Settled between mountains and national parks on Alaska’s Cook Inlet Peninsula, Anchorage effortlessly combines the exciting feel of exploring the last frontier while simultaneously learning more about the significant cultural and historical treasures that have shaped the area.
With an entire metropolitan city and a world of untouched nature at your fingertips, Anchorage makes the perfect destination for the adventurous at heart. There’s no better way to see all of the city’s delights than by doing it at your own leisure with the flexibility of a rental car. Step out of the airport and into your rental car to discover why so many come to Alaska’s shores to play.
Start your Alaskan adventure on the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. Hike, bike, or ski the paved path from downtown to Kincaid Park, one of the city’s best urban escapes. Be on the lookout for wildlife. Kincaid Park is known for moose sightings and a stop at Point Woronzof Park along the coastal trail will reward explorers with stunning views of the inlet, an unobstructed view of Denali, also known as Mt. McKinley, and, if lucky, beluga whales!
Don’t stop at just hiking in Anchorage! Hire local mushers for an iconic dog sled ride, travel the trails by saddle or wagon, find an outfitter for a day on the water via kayak, or take in a bird’s eye view of the Alaskan wilderness on flightseeing tours that depart from the city. If you find yourself in Anchorage the first weekend of March, find a spot along the city streets to witness the start to the most famous sled dog race in the world, the Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
Need some refreshment after all that activity? Drive a few miles south of the city along Highway 1 to fill up your water bottles with Alaska’s best spring water. Crystal clear, ice-cold water is “on tap” at the 5-foot pipe you will find along the cliff.
Afterwards, expose yourself to the rich history of Anchorage. Learn of the unique customs of Alaska’s indigenous people at The Alaska Native Heritage Center, or take a tour of the first home built in the city in 1915, called the Oscar Anderson House Museum, to see what life was like as an early pioneer.
Wind down by watching a film in the evening. Alaska is known for splendid displays of the northern lights, and photographer Dave Parkhurst has managed to capture this natural beauty. Get lost in his presentation of “Aurora-Alaska’s Great Northern Lights” as you watch the enchanting phenomenon in comfort.
Anchorage is a city that begs to be explored. As a destination known for being the Last Frontier, you can’t go wrong with having your own set of wheels to explore the wilderness at your own pace. With our rental options at Orbitz, you will easily find the vehicle designed to help you make the most of your adventure into the wild at a price you’ll love.