247. Anchorage, Alaska USA

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Why

I think that most people don’t really spend time in Anchorage. They land and head to the cruise ship port in Seward or head up to Denali, but don’t really explore the city itself. So its time…

Anchorage, Alaska USA – Alaska Trains

Where

Anchorage is located west and south of Canada in the state of Alaska and is just north of the port town of Seaward and south of Talkeetna.

How To Get Here

By Train

The Alaska Railroad provides service. The main line runs from Fairbanks in the north to Seward in the south.

By Plane

The closest international airport is the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC).

The following airlines has service to the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC):

Air Canada (AC), Air Yakutia (R3), Alaska Airlines (AS), American Airlines (AA), Condor (DE), Delta Air Lines (DL), Era Aviation (7H), Grant Aviation (GV), Icelandair (FI), Iliamna Air Taxi (V8), JetBlue Airways (B6), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL), Pen Air (KS), Sun Country Airlines (SY) and United Airlines (UA).

By Bus

You can find bus shuttle services to various cities around the area here.

By Car

If you are already in the region you can take the drive. Just use a service like Google Maps for directions. This is the best way to see the region.

 

Where To Stay

Anchorage has accommodations at differing levels in different parts of the city; downtown, midtown and near the airport. If you are at the airport or midtown you’ll need a car or you can take the local bus.

Anchorage, Alaska USA - Copper Whale Inn

Anchorage, Alaska USA – Copper Whale Inn

==>> You can find a list of hotels from TripAdvisor here.

==>> Try Airbnb.

 

Where To Eat

You won’t have any issues finding a place to eat here. And you’ll have plenty of seafood choices to choose from as well.

==>> You can find a list of restaurants from TripAdvisor here.

What To Do

There are plenty of outdoor activities to do in and around the area. But rememeber, its about Anchorage, not the other places around the city. So I implore you to take walks along the train tracks and soak up the sea front and the mountains in the distance. It’s pretty amazing. Plus the air is fresh and so are the pines.

Anchorage, Alaska USA - Spectacular views from Elder Berry Park

Anchorage, Alaska USA – Spectacular views from Elder Berry Park

You can plan on going around the solstices and experience a never setting sun or an always dark day. It’s a different experience and worth seeing.

Anchorage, Alaska USA - Land of the Midnight Sun

Anchorage, Alaska USA – Land of the Midnight Sun

One other thing to check out is the airport. For the avgeeks among us, its pretty amazing to see all the cargo planes coming from and going to Asia. The number s are smaller now with the new extended range freighters, but its still a fair bit of traffic. Plus, during the wintertime, the lake is frozen over so the seaplane base is closed. I’m told its the largest seaplane operation in the U.S.

Also check out Oscar Anderson’s house, it’s quite quaint.

Anchorage, Alaska USA - Oscar Anderson House Bootlegger

Anchorage, Alaska USA – Oscar Anderson House Bootlegger

Remember do things in Anchorage, not the neighboring towns :-).

==>> Here is a list of things to do from Trip Advisor.

==>>Check out some tours from Viator.

Additional Information

Language: English

Currency: USD

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