Of all the world's cities, Anchorage uniquely combines the conveniences of the modern world with a rugged, natural environment that has all but vanished from populated regions of the world. In Anchorage, you can watch moose in the morning and ballet in the afternoon. You can take a short flight to see some of the most beautiful mountain scenery on earth, then be back for fresh seafood at a five-star restaurant.
Anchorage is an urban enclave surrounded by wilderness. Within a few miles of downtown, you can encounter scenes more wild than you'll find in most national parks: wolf packs roaming through a park, rushing mountain streams, and city parks vast enough to forget which century you live in. The world's second highest tides surge against its shores, and North America's highest peak glimmers in the distance.
Anchorage is a perfect springboard—you can experience much that Alaska has to offer, and never check out of your hotel. Flightsee over Denali, fish a wilderness river, or visit grizzly bears via air taxi. See calving glaciers and enormous whales on a day cruise. Hike to a glacier, climb a mountaintop, drive some of the world’s most spectacular highways, and bike our trails.
For culture and shopping, there's no better place in Alaska. Collect the prized works of Alaska's top artists and native craftspeople in galleries. Learn about our rich history in museums and heritage centers. Catch a show at one of our performance halls. For those who know where to look, the opportunities are endless.
It’s the main airport hub of the region, with easy access to both the biggest highways and the Alaska Railroad. Average flight time from Fairbanks is just over an hour, with flights offered by Alaska Airlines and RavnAir. From Juneau it’s just an hour and 45 minutes on Alaska Airlines. See our Anchorage Transportation page for how to get around Anchorage and beyond.