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Anchorage is located in south-central Alaska and is the state's largest city. More than 40 percent of Alaska's entire population lives within the city and surrounding area. As of the 2010 census, the population of Anchorage was 291,826. Four times named an All-American City by the National Civic League, Anchorage is a vibrant, eclectic mix of cultures and activities. The Chugach National Forest extends into the southern part of the city, and a very diverse wildlife population exists within the area, including black bears, grizzly bears and moose. It's not at all uncommon to see moose wandering the city. Visitors are warned to be cautious of them when using the city trails. Anchorage is a colorful city, especially in summer when more than 80,000 flowers are planted. The long daylight hours and cool temperatures produce flowers with vibrant hues that are seen overflowing from hanging baskets and in hundreds of gardens. Places to visit include the Town Square Municipal Park and Alaska Center for Performing Arts, Museum of Natural History, Aviation Heritage Museum, the Alaska Zoo, Alaska Botanical Center, and the Eagle River Nature Center. Outdoor recreation is prime in Anchorage. You can engage in eco tours, glacier and wildlife cruises, charter a private boat, go dog sledding, or panning for gold. Other activities in Anchorage include biking, hiking, ice climbing, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, four-wheeling, golf, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling. Where else do you have such a wide variety of activities - including viewing the Northern Lights, best seen in the months of September and March. Special events also abound in Anchorage, including the famous "Make It Alaskan" festival in October.

Surrounding areas: Pribilof Islands, Alaska (3.4 mi), Eagle River, Alaska (13.1 mi), Chugiak, Alaska (18.6 mi), Big Lake, Alaska (21.0 mi), Hope, Alaska (22.4 mi), Bird Creek, Alaska (23.9 mi), Eklutna, Alaska (24.3 mi)

Anchorage Vacation Rentals

Anchorage Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Aaa Mexico Hotel3903 Spenard RdAnchorage, AK (907) 248-4848
Accents On Family Guest Suites2600 Cordova St Suite 100Anchorage, AK (800) 770-0227
Anchorage Airport Courtyard By Marriott4901 Spenard RdAnchorage, AK (877) 729-0197
Anchorage Chelsea Inn Corp Dba Chelsea Inn3836 Spenard RdAnchorage, AK (907) 276-5002
Anchorage Grand Hotel505 W 2nd AveAnchorage, AK (907) 929-8888
Anchorage Marriott Downtown Hotel820 W 7th AveAnchorage, AK (907) 279-8000
Anchorage Springhill Suites By Marriott3401 A StAnchorage, AK (877) 729-0197
Best Western Barratt Inn4616 Spenard RdAnchorage, AK (907) 243-3131
Best Western Garden Lion Hotel1000 E 36TH AveAnchorage, AK (907) 561-1522
Bet Western Golden Lion Hotel1600 E 36TH AveAnchorage, AK (907) 501-1522
Chandler Inn4540 Spenard RdAnchorage, AK (907) 243-4044
Clarion Suites325 W 8th AveAnchorage, AK (907) 274-1000
Coast International Inn3333 W International Airport RdAnchorage, AK (907) 243-2233
Comfort Inn Heritage Suites111 Ship CRK AveAnchorage, AK (907) 277-6887
Copper Whale Inn440 L StAnchorage, AK (907) 258-7999
Days Inn Anchorage321 E 5th AveAnchorage, AK (907) 276-7226
Dimond Center Hotel700 E Dimond BlvdAnchorage, AK (907) 770-5000
Executive Suite Hotel4360 Spenard RdAnchorage, AK (907) 243-6366
Extended Stay Deluxe700 E 34th StAnchorage, AK (907) 646-4208
Extented Stay Deluxe108 E 8th AveAnchorage, AK (907) 868-1605
Fairfield Inn & Suites Anchorage5060 A StAnchorage, AK (907) 222-9000
Hampton Inn Anchorage4301 Credit Union DrAnchorage, AK (907) 550-7000
Hawthorn Suites1110 W 8th AveAnchorage, AK (907) 222-5005
Hillside Motel2150 Gambell StAnchorage, AK (907) 258-6006
Hilton Anchorage500 W 3rd AveAnchorage, AK (907) 272-7411
Hilton Garden Inn Anchorage4540 A StAnchorage, AK (907) 729-7000
Hilton Garden Inn Anchorage100 W Tudor RdAnchorage, AK (907) 729-7000
Historic Anchorage Hotel330 E StAnchorage, AK (907) 272-4553
Holiday Inn Express Anchorage Airport4411 Spenard RdAnchorage, AK (907) 248-8848
Homewood Suites By Hilton Anchorage140 W TudorAnchorage, AK (907) 729-7000
Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel239 W 4TH AveAnchorage, AK (907) 793-5500
Inlet Tower Hotel And Suites1200 L StAnchorage, AK (907) 276-0110
Long House Alaskan Hotel4335 Wisconsin StAnchorage, AK (907) 243-2133
Microtel Inn & Suites Anchorage5205 N Wood DrAnchorage, AK (907) 245-5002
Millennium Alaskan Hotel Anchorage4800 Spenard RdAnchorage, AK (907) 243-2300
Parkwood Inn4455 Juneau StAnchorage, AK (907) 563-3590
Puffin Place Hotel1058 W 27TH AveAnchorage, AK (907) 279-1058
Ramada Inn Anchorage Downtown115 E 3rd AveAnchorage, AK (907) 272-7561
Ramada Ltd Hotel Of Anchcorage207 Muldoon RdAnchorage, AK (907) 929-7000
Residence Inn By Marriott Anchorage1025 35th AveAnchorage, AK (907) 563-9844

Anchorage Weather & Climate

South-central Alaska has a subarctic climate, with strong oceanic influences. This part of Alaska gets less rain, but more snow, than the southeast Panhandle region. Summers are short and cool to mild, and winters are long and cold. There are frequent, strong southeast winds, known as the Knik wind, in this area, especially in the winter. Rains are frequent in late summer, but not abundant in total amounts. The number of frost-free summer days number 101. The latitude in this region causes summer days to be very long and winter days to be very short. It is also generally very cloudy during winter. Due to the proximity to active volcanoes, ash hazards may occur and are significant, but not frequent.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 20°F 7°F 0.70 in. -
February 24°F 9°F 0.76 in. -
March 32°F 16°F 0.60 in. -
April 43°F 28°F 0.42 in. -
May 54°F 39°F 0.60 in. -
June 62°F 47°F 1.05 in. -
July 65°F 52°F 1.80 in. -
August 63°F 49°F 2.59 in. -
September 54°F 41°F 2.70 in. -
October 39°F 27°F 1.96 in. -
November 26°F 14°F 1.01 in. -
December 22°F 9°F 1.10 in. -

Anchorage Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Ted Stevens Anchorage International airport (ANC) located about 4 miles southwest of Anchorage, the Palmer Municipal airport (PAQ) located approximately 37 miles northeast of Anchorage in Palmer, Alaska, the Kenai Municipal airport (ENA) located roughly 63 miles southwest of Anchorage in Kenai, Alaska, and finally the Soldotna airport (SXQ) located around 63 miles southwest of Anchorage in Soldotna, Alaska.

Anchorage Attractions

Golf Courses
Anchorage Golf CourseAnchorageAK 
Par T Golf CourseAnchorageAK 
Russian Jack Springs Golf CourseAnchorageAK 
Tanglewood Lakes Golf ClubAnchorageAK 
Settlers Bay Golf CourseWasillaAK29.4 mi.
Sleepy Hollow Golf CourseWasillaAK29.4 mi.
Ski Areas
Hilltop Ski AreaAnchorageAK 
Alyeska ResortGirdwoodAK31.1 mi.
State Parks
Chugach State ParkAK18.8 mi. 

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