Anchorage Travel Guide

Anchorage, nestled between the Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet, merges urban living with wild nature, offering a cultural nexus of museums, arts, and indigenous heritage since its founding in 1914. It’s an adventurer’s haven with access to Chugach State Park, the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, and diverse wildlife. The city boasts a rich culinary scene, highlighted by fresh seafood and hosts significant events like Fur Rendezvous and the Iditarod’s ceremonial start. Anchorage serves as a gateway to Alaska’s interior, offering both modern conveniences and a profound indigenous cultural connection, making it a standout destination in Alaska.

Restaurants in Anchorage

  • Kinley’s Restaurant and Bar: A spot that prides itself on serving fresh Alaskan seafood directly from local fishermen, offering an extensive selection of wines by the glass, a full bar with specialty crafted cocktails, and locally brewed beers on tap.
  • Kincaid Grill: Celebrated for its exceptional preparation of Alaskan Regional cuisine, specializing in fresh, local ingredients and offering a refined dining experience with beautifully presented dishes that meld the flavors and textures of each season.
  • Sewards Folly: renowned for serving some of the best burgers and seafood on the south side of town, with a focus on hearty portions of Alaska fare and a commitment to sourcing locally whenever possible, offering a welcoming atmosphere for both locals and visitors alike.
  • Bear Paw Grill: Showcasing the Best of what Alaska has to offer. From Great Service, Fine Spirits, Local Beers, to Uniquely Alaskan morsels.
  • Tequilla 61: a Mexican gastropub offering a modern Latin-fusion cuisine, uniquely blending time-honored Latin recipes with a contemporary twist alongside fresh Alaskan seafood, making it a bridge between traditional flavors and the unique personality of Anchorage.

Accommodations in Anchorage

  • Embassy Suites by Hilton Anchorage: Spacious suites, complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast, and evening receptions, ideal for both leisure and business travelers.
  • Hotel Captain Cook: A luxurious downtown hotel offering elegant accommodations, fine dining, and stunning views of the Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet.
  • Hyatt Place Anchorage Midtown: Offers convenient access to the trails and slopes of the Chugach Mountains, local culture, fine arts, and retail shopping around town.
  • Coast Inn at Lake Hood: Waterfront lodging with picturesque views of Lake Hood and convenient access to the airport.
  • Baymont Inn & Suites:  Friendly service, free breakfast, WiFi, and on-site fitness centers, Baymont by Wyndham gives you everything you need for a fun and relaxing stay.

Activities in Anchorage

  • Anchorage Trolley Tours: Explore the Jewel of the Last Frontier aboard Anchorage’s #1 city tour.
  • Go Hike AK: Guided hiking trips in Chugach State Park.
  • Anchorage Museum: Delve into Alaska’s history, art, and culture at this museum in downtown Anchorage, featuring engaging exhibits and a planetarium.
  • Alaska Native Heritage Center: Learn about the state’s indigenous cultures, traditions, and history through interactive displays, demonstrations, and cultural performances.
  • Girdwood: The recreation capital of Alaska has plenty of fun things to do, whatever the season!

Getting to Denali Jeep Excursions

Estimated Drive Time: 5-6 Hours

To embark on your Denali Highway Jeep tour, from Anchorage head north on the George Parks Highway (AK-3) for approximately 238 miles.


As you approach the Denali National Park entrance, watch for Milepost 238 and Denali Boardwalk, which marks the location of Denali Jeep Excursions. Upon arrival, the friendly team at Denali Jeep will be ready to greet you and help you prepare for your upcoming trip.


Alternatively, there are also flight options available from Anchorage to Denali National Park and Preserve, which significantly shorten the travel time to around 1 to 1.5 hours, providing an aerial perspective of the stunning landscape below. Regardless of the mode of transportation chosen, the trip from Anchorage to Denali National Park promises unforgettable experiences and unparalleled natural beauty.


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