Holidays to Anchorage
The buzzing city of Anchorage is set against a dramatic backdrop of snow-capped peaks and deep blue fjords. This city is the largest in Alaska and one of the most northerly in the world. Anchorage holidays are ideal for active and adventurous visitors, with exhilarating outdoor pursuits available all year round. It’s warmer than you might expect in summer, with an average temperature of around 18 degrees Celsius. In Anchorage itself you can enjoy all of the entertainments of a major city, from fine dining to a vibrant music scene. Whether you love the wilderness or prefer the urban jungle, there is plenty for you to explore.
What to do in summer
Anchorage is surrounded by a spectacular natural playground, and the warm summertime temperatures present the ideal opportunity to enjoy it. The Chugach State Park is home to a rugged mountain range, and you can hike and bike the trails for stunning views over the Alaskan coastline. In the town itself, there are over one hundred miles of bike paths and parks for a gentler pace of adventure. Fishing for salmon in the Cook Inlet is also a popular pursuit.
Holidays in Anchorage are not complete without a visit to one of the 60 glaciers that lie within 50 miles of the city, whether by boat or plane or on foot. Lake Hood, next to the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, is the world’s busiest floatplane base. From there you can take a scenic flight over the mountains and fjords surrounding the city.
What to do in winter
The alpine resorts around Anchorage come alive in the winter months, with all the snow sports you have heard of as well as some you may not. The nightlife and music scene also join in the fun to create a dazzling celebration of winter. Anchorage gets an average of 60 inches of snow each year, and the nearby Alyeska Resort sees more than 600 inches. Alyeska Resort has a ski area of over 1,400 acres and is home to the North Face, North America’s longest double black diamond run.
In Anchorage itself, try cross-country skiing, ice fishing, snowshoeing, ice climbing or snowmobiling. Anchorage has around seven and a half hours of full daylight even in the middle of winter, but after dark there are lighted trails. Locally produced opera and theatre entertain in the evening, and you can also sip a warming drink at one of the city’s many bars.
All year round
Whenever you plan your holiday to Anchorage, you can enjoy a full schedule of events that keep residents and visitors entertained all year round. Whether it’s the Anchorage International Film Festival or New Year’s Eve, this city knows how to throw a party. There are plenty of unique attractions, such as the Iron Dog snowmobile race in February.