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Things to See & Do -

Anchorage is a short drive from Prince William Sound and spectacular tours to see glaciers and wildlife. Whether you’re looking for a cruise through the fjords and bays of the sound or a more adventuresome kayak trip, the view of glaciers, sea otters and birds is unsurpassed.

If you would prefer a view from the air, there are flight seeing tours available covering the glaciers of the Chugach mountains, the Alaska Range, including Mt. McKinley, and lower Cook Inlet. If you want to see bears, you can visit Katmai National Park or Redoubt Bay. Flights to these world-famous bear viewing areas are available from Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula.

Closer to town, Anchorage is home to the Anchorage Museum of History and Art and the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Both are very popular with both visitors and locals. Downtown Anchorage is very friendly to people that want to visit the parks and shops, and many people allocate a day to walk around and see the spectacular flower displays. On Saturdays, the Alaska’s biggest flea market, called the Saturday Market is held downtown. If you want to laugh your way through Anchorage, a daily comedy tour will show you the sights and sounds of Anchorage. Your guides are professional actors and comedians, and they have a side-splitting answer to every question! For the fisherpersons in your group, great fishing for salmon and trout can be had in a number of places in and around the city.

Places To Eat –

Anchorage has a number of fantastic restaurants for every taste. Orso is one of Anchorage’s favorite fine dining establishments. Italian food, with local seafood is their specialty. Next door, the Glacier Brewhouse is a great stop for just about whatever you’re hungry for, including beer from one of Alaska’s best micro breweries. The Snow Goose is another brew pub with great food and beers, and a fantastic view of Cook Inlet and their beer’s namesake landmark, Mt. Susitna, or “The Sleeping Lady.” Among the favorites with locals is Moose's Tooth, a pizza and microbrewery that offers excellent pizzas, salads, soups and an extensive list of their own beers. Moose's Tooth also offers live music at least once a month, with acts from all over the United States coming to Anchorage to play.

Places To Stay –

Whether you’re looking for the personalized attention that is only available at a small inn or bed and breakfast, or world-class hotels, Anchorage has a room for every taste. There are over fifty small inns within the confines of Anchorage, and another fifty in the surrounding communities. Each has its own charm and character, and all of the innkeepers are longtime Alaskans, and want your visit to be one you’ll remember for a lifetime. When it comes to hotels, there are choices for every taste and price range. Take a few minutes to tell us about the kinds of places you want to experience.

Geography –

Anchorage is the largest city in the state of Alaska, with about 250,000 people. The city is located on the shores of Cook Inlet, along the southern coast of Alaska. In addition to the city’s proximity to water, four major mountain ranges are visible from the city.

Three major highways converge in Anchorage. The Glenn highway heads north from Anchorage, along the shores of Knik Arm. In the town of Wasilla, it meets the Parks highway, which heads north to Talkeetna, Denali National Park, and Fairbanks. The Glenn highway also continues on northeast through the Matanuska Valley, and on to Tok on the Alaska Highway. Along the way, the Glenn Highway crosses the Richardson highway, which heads north to Fairbanks and south to Valdez. Heading south from Anchorage, the Seward Highway heads to the Kenai Peninsula, to the town of Seward. Near the town of Cooper Landing, the Sterling Highway meets the Seward Highway, and heads southwest to Kenai, Soldotna and Homer.

Anchorage is an important worldwide air hub, with hundreds of takeoffs and landings each day. Because of Alaska’s location, Anchorage is situated at the crossroads of many intercontinental cargo flights between Europe, Asia, North America and the Pacific.

Climate –

Anchorage has a continental climate, with mild summers and cold winters. Typical summer days have highs in the 60’s,with a few days each summer in the 70’s or even low 80’s. Winter temperatures can get as cold as -20, but most days have temperatures just above zero. Anchorage receives about 20 inches of precipitation each year. Much of that falls as rain in the summer months. Anchorage averages about 65 inches of snow each year.

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