Why You Should Take a Flight to Anchorage
The capital of Alaska is the gateway to the ‘Last Frontier’. Surrounded by majestic peaks and glaciers Anchorage offers wonderful hiking and biking in the summer and, for those who brave the cold, great skiing in winter.
Anchorage is one of the largest cities in the US by size, but the wilderness is never far away. There are whales to be spotted, while moose and even the occasional bear are sometimes seen inside the city limits.
This wonderful city also has everything you would expect of a large metropolis with malls, museums, galleries and plenty of nightlife.
When to Book Flights to Anchorage
Visitors flock to Alaska in June, July and August when the days are long and the temperatures sneak into the 60s. At this time of year the wilderness is at its most inviting and it’s the perfect time to explore. There are far more flights at this time of year.
Anchorage gets 24-hour daylight in late June and the Summer Solstice Festival is a big local celebration with art, music and performances.
The snow arrives in October and from November to March the temperature does not climb above freezing (32°F) and there is little, if any, daylight. But there are winter sports options for hardy travelers and events including the Fur Rendezvous in February, a major celebration that includes the ‘Running of the Reindeer’.
Spring can be a good time to visit as the temperature rises and the daylight increases dramatically. The skiing is good and the prices are still low. September is another good month to visit as the fall foliage display takes place.
How to Find the Best Flight Deals to Anchorage
Anchorage is a popular summer destination, and with extra seasonal flights there are plenty of ways to bag a cheap flight to Anchorage when you book with Orbitz.
If you are traveling at peak times it pays to book well in advance and to have some flexibility with your plans. The extra summer routes mean that it might pay to look for flights from alternative destinations. Use the ‘Nearby airports’ option to search for alternative routes. The ‘Show flexible dates’ option allows you to compare prices on different days and find a bargain flight.
Clicking ‘Show options’ or using the buttons on the left of the results page allows you to filter results. You can look at direct and connecting flights to Anchorage, list results by price or duration, filter by ticket type and search by individual airline.
US Departures to Anchorage
Optimal flight times from US cities to Anchorage include:
Main Airports in Anchorage
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is named for the US senator for Alaska who held office from 1968 to 2009. It is located five miles southwest of downtown Anchorage and handles 5 million passengers a year. The majority of them arrive during the summer months but the airport operates all year round and boasts that it never closes for snow.
The airport houses an exceptional collection of contemporary native Alaskan art. There are plenty of options for eating and drinking but shopping facilities are limited. There are regular buses into town and to the Dimond Center mall south of downtown and hire car companies are located in the rental car center opposite the south terminal.
Which Airlines Fly to Anchorage?
Among the airlines flying to Anchorage all year round are:
- Alaska Airlines
- Delta Air Lines
- United Airlines
How to Get to and Around Anchorage
Alaska covers a huge area and its capital is also big, covering 1,700 square miles – that makes it nearly four times larger than Los Angeles.
The efficient PeopleMover bus system covers the main areas of the city, and there are other regular services to some of Anchorage’s popular locations such as Flattop Mountain, but by far the best option for traveling around Anchorage is to hire a car. Rental vehicles can be hard to come by during the summer rush, so book ahead, and if you visit over the winter be prepared to deal with treacherous conditions.
If you are heading further afield it may be possible to get a plane or ferry to your destination.
What Are the Must-Sees in Anchorage?
There are lots of walking, biking and cross-country skiing routes around Anchorage but the most popular is the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. The 11-mile path passes through wilderness areas and Earthquake Park, built to remember the 1964 quake that destroyed much of the city.
The Alaska Native Heritage Center offers fascinating insights into the lives of the indigenous people of Alaska. It showcases the cultures of the region’s various tribes and explains how they survived, and thrived, in such an inhospitable environment.
Take a wildlife tour into the wilderness to spot moose, bears, wolves, mountain goats and whales. Some tours visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center where orphaned and injured animals are cared for.
Tips and Tricks for Traveling in Anchorage
Alaska’s seafood is sensational, so make sure you try the king crab or halibut in one of the city’s many seafood restaurants. Alternatively pick up some local delicacies at the downtown food market on Saturdays over the summer.
The northern lights are visible from Anchorage, but you need to head out of town to see them. Flattop Mountain is a popular viewing spot.