Anchorage offers all the comforts of a large U.S. city, and is only a 30 minute drive from the rugged, exciting Alaskan wilderness. It’s also the main entry point for most visitors arriving in Alaska, one of the best spots to learn about the area’s heritage and history, and an excellent base for exploring Denali National Park, Chugach State Park, and Chugach State Forest.
In the town of Anchorage, discover Alaskan culture and history on a visit to the Anchorage Museum, where you can wander through the modern indigenous art in the Alaska Gallery. At the Alaska Native Heritage Center, marvel at the traditional art and science exhibits inside, then go outside to study six different replica native village settings. The unique wildlife of the Arctic is on display at the Alaska Zoo, the only zoo in North America that specializes in northern animals, including three species of Alaskan bears, snow leopards, Amur tigers, and Tibetan yaks.
For leisure, spend the day shopping for hand-knitted mittens and scarves, ivory jewelry, or Alaska-made sweaters. Indulge in a freshly-caught seafood dinner, or chill out with a pint at a local microbrewery and take in the views of Chugach Mountains.
Review by Rikos K, July 2012
Doing what: Chugach State Park Hiking Tour from Anchorage with Full-Day or Half-Day Option
Absolutely a beautiful place. The trail is muddy and our shoes were soaking wet but we did not care. It was worth it.
Our guide was very knowledgeable and very friendly. After the whole day hike, my wife and I felt like he was a friend.
Review by Liana S, April 2013
Doing what: Turnagain Arm and Alaska Wildlife Tour from Anchorage
Quite nice experience. I would recommend it.
Anchorage is located in south central Alaska, northwest of Juneau and directly south of Denali National Park. In town, you can easily get around by car, bus, and shuttle. Both bus and trains serve destinations out of town.