Exploring AnchorageAmerica’s northernmost city, Anchorage lies at 61 degrees north on the Cook Inlet coast of south-central Alaska. Overlooked by the snow-bound peaks of the Chugach Mountains and set close to active volcanoes, the city makes for a unique holiday destination during the short summer, with its long days and glowing nights. The hardy residents here share their city with bears, moose, mountain goats, foxes and the occasional lynx or wolf; local creeks display beaver dams and urban streams sport salmon runs in season. If getting close to nature is your thing, Anchorage is your place.
The majority of visitors to this unique destination arrive for the fishing or to explore the dozens of nature parks and conservation areas, and the city’s range of winter sports is a popular attraction. For an unforgettable experience of nature at its most pristine, the month of June is the best time to visit, with its 19-hour days, clear weather and warm afternoons. One of the world’s most ethereal
Sights nearbyThe far northern city of Anchorage is home to hardy residents and ethnic peoples living in a land of snow under the shadow of the Rocky Mountain range. Its landmarks are its superb, snowy natural beauty and the wildlife inhabiting the region.
- Native Heritage CenterThe traditional lifestyles of Alaska’s diverse ethnic peoples is displayed at the Native Heritage Center, home to cultural events and dance performances, and the centre expands around the lakeshore to recreations of each culture’s unique, traditional way of life.
- Alaska Wildlife Conservation CenterDedicated to the protection of Alaska’s diverse and unique wildlife, the centre cares for injured, sick or orphaned local wildlife including eagles, bison, elk, black and grizzly bears, ensuring they can be safely reintroduced into the Katmai or Denali national parks along the Seward Highway to live out their lives. The national parks themselves give stunning opportunities for wildlife viewing, hiking, trekking and walking.
- Anchorage Museum of History and ArtOffering both permanent exhibits and travelling exhibitions from many world countries, Anchorage’s museum is focused on the history of this unique state and its development at the northern tip of the earth’s inhabitable landmass. Alaskan native art form a large part of its collection, and the children’s museum is a big draw for families.
- Ski resortsThe city and its immediate surroundings are hubs for winter skiing, with pistes located 15 mintues from downtown as well as farther out into the snowy countryside. Alpenglow at Arctic Valley and the Hilltop Ski Area are popular locations.