Anchorage Alaska

Anchorage Alaska

Anchorage – this is Alaska’s largest city (located in the south-central part of the state on the Cook Inlet). It is one of the northernmost urban centers on earth, complete with big-city amenities: fine restaurants, museums, theaters and a thriving music scene.

Anchorage has dozens of parks and 122 miles of paved bike paths. Blessed with a maritime climate, one can spend the day fishing Ship Creek downtown, hiking the nearby mountains, taking photos of glaciers and sampling its four-star restaurant. Just 15 minutes from downtown (via car) is the tree-lined trailhead of Anchorage’s most popular hike, Flattop Mountain. In winter, the city transforms into fluffy white playground, with 130 kilometers of maintained Nordic ski trails, dog sledding, ice skating, snowmobiling, ice sculptures and more. Just 45 minutes away is Alaska’s premier alpine ski resort, Alyeska Resort.

Anchorage’s Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is the state’s main air hub, and it’s no coincidence that all roads in Alaska lead to Anchorage. Paved highways accessible from Anchorage connect to places like Fairbanks, Valdez, the Kenai Peninsula, Denali National Park and Preserve and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. The Alaska Railroad’s main passenger depot is located in Anchorage and runs from Seward to Fairbanks.