Introduction to Anchorage
Anchorage has everything you need from a big US city while only being a 30-minute drive from the picturesque Alaskan wilderness. The main entry point for most travelers to Alaska, the capital has merits of its’ own and it is well-worth sticking around to explore before you hike, fish, whale-watch, dog sled or glacier-cruise your way to a wilderness adventure of a lifetime.
The best time to visit Anchorage is in the summer months (June, July and August) when the days are long. In fact, the sun barely goes down at all and nature is in full bloom. This is a perfect time to visit Alaska Zoo or nearby Chugach State and Chugach National parks, where you can take a hike to see salmon swim upstream or spot wild moose with enough time to make it back to Anchorage for dinner.
In winter (October through April) the city is blanketed with pristine white, fluffy snow. Ski, dog sled or take a glacier cruise to explore wider Alaska’s winter charms. Get out of the cold and into Alaska’s amazing history courtesy of great places like Alaska Native Heritage Center, Anchorage Museum and Alaska Native Arts Foundation Gallery.
Hit up Anchorage’s thriving restaurant scene to enjoy some of the world’s freshest seafood year-round. Think old-fashioned brew houses and vinos with sunsets overlooking Cook Inlet for your afternoon tipple. For shopping, get your authentic mittens and scarves at Oomingmak Musk Ox Co-Op, owned by hundreds of native Alaskans.