Visit Anchorage

Why Visit Anchorage

Iconic wildlife, countless glaciers, incredible parklands: Anchorage combines vibrant city life with the best of Alaska’s great outdoors. Downtown streams teem with wild salmon, city trails connect to state park paths and distant mountain peaks, and visitors can enjoy upscale urban amenities while still enjoying easy access to world-class wilderness.

Who Should Go

Outdoor Enthusiasts

National Parks often get top billing – and there are 5 nearby – but Chugach State Park and the adjacent national forest are where locals go to enjoy the outdoors. And with 300 miles of trails, the Chugach offers plenty of room to explore. Anchorage also boasts 135 miles of paved trails weaving through the city, all without leaving town.

Cultural Explorers

Anchorage is sometimes called “Alaska’s largest village” since the city is home to many Alaska Native people from each of Alaska’s Indigenous cultures. Stops like the Anchorage Museum and Alaska Native Heritage Center provide accessible ways to learn about Alaska’s diverse cultures and unique history stretching back 10,000 years.

Wildlife Watchers

In addition to moose, visitors have the chance to spot bears, Dall sheep, eagles, salmon, beluga whales and more. Millions of migratory birds stop off in Anchorage during seasonal migrations. The Alaska Zoo and Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center also offer up-close looks at Alaska animals in natural settings.

Winter Wonder Seekers

Fresh powder on sparkling Chugach mountain peaks, skating on frozen city ponds, sled dogs, sleigh rides, shimmering northern lights, and cozy days spent exploring Anchorage’s favorite breweries, bakeries, and local restaurants – winter in Anchorage dazzles with only-in-Alaska experiences; hidden gems to treasure for a lifetime.

Favorite Activities

  • Wildlife viewing
  • Glacier cruising
  • Hiking and biking
  • Fishing
  • Flightseeing
  • Kayaking
  • Northern lights viewing

Top Museums & Attractions

  • Alaska Aviation Museum
  • Alaska Botanical Garden
  • Alaska Native Heritage Center
  • Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
  • Alaska Zoo
  • Anchorage Museum

Popular Parks & Trails

  • Chugach State Park
  • Kincaid Park
  • Portage Valley
  • Ship Creek
  • Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
  • Westchester Lagoon

Nearby National Parks

  • Denali National Park
  • Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Katmai National Park
  • Lake Clark National Park
  • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

National Scenic Byways

  • Seward Highway
  • Glenn Highway

Top Winter Experiences

  • Iditarod Sled Dog Race
  • Fur Rondy Festival
  • Northern Lights Viewing
  • Dog Sledding
  • Skiing and Snowboarding

Things to Do

Attraction From Jan 01, 2024 to Dec 31, 2024
Anchorage’s Coastal Trail
Location: Anchorage, Alaska

Discover the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, an 11-mile, paved trail surrounding Anchorage, Alaska’s biggest city. Take a bike ride, photograph...

Attraction From Jan 01, 2024 to Dec 31, 2024
Chugach State Park and National Forest
Location: Anchorage, Alaska

Explore Chugach State Park and National Forest in Anchorage. Walk Flattop, Alaska’s most-climbed mountain. Catch a glimpse of wildlife, view...