Alaska’s largest city is located in the south-central part of the state, at the foot of the Chugach Mountains. Shore excursions will get you into Alaska’s wild outdoors — see Mt McKinley (Denali) on a helicopter tour, go hiking on a glacier or check out gold-mining country.
If you prefer to stay in the city, there are plenty of museums, parks and heritage sites to keep you busy.
How to get to Anchorage
Cruise ships dock in the industrial port near downtown. Some cruise lines offer a free shuttle; there are cabs available if yours does not.
One Day in Anchorage
Take a cab from the port to the Alaska Native Heritage Center. This is a good place to start your day in port, as it’s much more than a museum. Across the center’s 26 acres, you can watch artists work, see a native dance performance and check out the replica villages. Enjoy a walk around the lake and discover what life was like in native Alaskan cultures.
Grab a taxi back to downtown and the Anchorage Museum (or take the shuttle that runs between the two properties). Admire the displays of Alaskan paintings and learn about the state’s long history. When you’ve had your fill of Alaskan culture, head to the Anchorage Zoo (shuttles run from downtown). Explore the zoo’s collection of northern animals, including caribou, moose and bears, of course. When you’re ready to rest your legs, enjoy a picnic in Valley of the Moon Park.
The currency is the US dollar, and the language in Alaska is English. There are several ATMs downtown.