Anchorage is a haven for any outdoor enthusiasts. In a single day, you can spot a wild moose or bear, hike across a glacier, stray off the beaten track of one of the thousands of walking trails and cozy up with an Alaskan Brew in the evening. Now’s the best time to plan a visit to Anchorage if you’re looking for wild adventures!
You’re never far from the great outdoors in Anchorage. However, while you’re visiting the city, stop at the Alaska Heritage Center. The Center is a hub of information and exhibits that showcase the rich heritage of Alaska’s 11 major cultural groups and visitors can expect a first-hand experience through storytelling, demonstrations, song and dance performances, and games. The Hall of Cultures, which is currently exhibiting works from Alaska’s Native artists, and The Theatre are must-sees.
The city is also home to the Alaska Aviation Museum, where you can learn about the country’s most daring bush pilots who opened up the Last Frontier, and the Alaska State Trooper Museum which commemorates the law enforcement in the Territory and State of Alaska through memorabilia, photographs, and a restored 1952 Hudson Hornet patrol car.
But with wild Alaska on Anchorage’s doorstep, you’re just a quick drive away from some of the most scenic landscapes in the state. Some of the best access point to the national parks and the top trailheads in the state are just a 20-minute drive from downtown!
Chugach State Park may be one of the largest state parks in the United States, but its neighbor Chugach National Forest is the second largest in the entire nation. Combined, they offer more than 9,000 square miles of hiking, biking, rafting, kayaking, ATVing, and fishing. Even more than that, it’s home to the most frequently summited mountain in Alaska, the most popular trailheads, as well as over 50 accessible glaciers in Chugach.
Wildlife spotting is also a popular activity for visitors to the area. Spot some wild moose grazing through the city, watch bears fishing by the falls, or take a day’s sea cruise to get up close to whales, puffins, and otters. For birdwatchers, Anchorage is a dream come true as millions of birds flock to the area during their annual migrations. If you want to go further afield, experienced tour guides offer trips to the Arctic Circle to spot polar bears or catch sight of wild wolves and caribou in Denali National Park.
Hit the open road with us at Orbitz and discover all the sights and outstanding scenery of Anchorage. We’ll help you find the perfect car to suit your budget and needs for however long you plan to tour the city and beyond!