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Anchorage Travel Guide

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Plan Your Anchorage Vacation

By far Alaska's largest and most sophisticated city, Anchorage is situated in a truly spectacular location. The permanently snow-covered peaks and volcanoes of the Alaska Range lie to the west of the city while part of the craggy Chugach Range is within the eastern edge of the municipality; the Talkeetna and Kenai ranges are visible to the north and south. Two arms of Cook Inlet embrace

the town's western and southern borders, and on clear days Mt. McKinley (Denali) looms on the northern horizon.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Tackling a 50-pound salmon Anglers can cast for huge king salmon or feisty silvers while wading among reflections of skyscrapers at Ship Creek.
  2. Winter celebrations Beginning in late February, locals celebrate the two-week Fur Rendezvous. Events—from the blanket toss to the Running of the Reindeer, Alaska's spin on Pamplona's tradition—lead up to the start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in early March.
  3. Shopping Shops and vendors at the Saturday and Sunday markets sell everything from kid-friendly tchotchkes to elegant Alaska Native crafts and locally produced foods.
  4. Seafood Dining out in Anchorage means feasting on local halibut, salmon, king-crab legs, scallops, and oysters. Many fine restaurants hide in not-so-pretty strip malls.
  5. Hiking and biking Laced with more than 120 miles of paved urban trails, Anchorage is a paradise for hikers and bicyclists.

When To Go

When to Go

Located between the coast and several mountain ranges, Anchorage is a meteorologist's nightmare. Fickle weather patterns change less by the day t...

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