Anchorage is Alaska’s biggest city and one of the most northern major cities on Earth. It is sandwiched between the mountains and the sea, creating a unique environment like no other. It is a beautiful and interesting place to visit year round, but summer is the time to see it at its best.
Situated on the Cook Inlet and backed by the Chugach Mountains, this metropolitan haven has something to offer everyone. There is an abundance of salmon in the waters of the inlet, meaning that Ship Creek downtown is a popular place for fishers; the mountains are perfect for hiking; and the town is filled with 122 miles of paved bike paths as well as unique shops and eateries.
The most popular hike in the area is only a 15 minute drive away from downtown – Flattop Mountain. In summer, it’s a cool, tree-lined trail, and in winter it becomes a wonderland of ski trails.
If you want to do something a bit touristier and see the city you have a few options. For the more adventurous, try the Segway tour. You’ll be taught how to use it then taken on a tour of downtown with an informative guide. Or to take it a bit easier, hop on board the Anchorage Trolley Tour – you’ll get a good overview of all the history as well as some great tips on the best shops and places to eat.
Anchorage is also home to a number of cultural places to visit including the Anchorage Museum with more than 600 Alaska Native artefacts; the Alaska Experience Theatre where you can find out about the wildlife and geography of the country; and there is an amazing music scene with bars and restaurants featuring new acts all the time.
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