There is something within all of us that hears the call of the wilderness and feels the allure of the great unknown. This is why the appeal of Alaska has prevailed for hundreds of years, from the first intrepid European explorers to today’s cruise-ship commuters, just passing through. But you, wise wanderer, have a bit more of the former in your heart, and a desire in your soul to see it all.
Your expedition begins in Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage, where friendly locals point the way to delicious cuisine and life-changing experiences. Alaska’s beauty will leave you breathless, inspire you to great heights, and change you forever – even if you never leave the “City of Lights and Flowers.”
Astounding natural landscapes, fascinating arctic history, and uniquely Alaskan cuisine await every traveler, whether you are here for one day or many. Even at downtown Anchorage hotels, you’ll awaken to crisp air and new exploits around every corner. Start the day off right with breakfast with a northern twist: Crab omelets, reindeer sausage, and smoked salmon cakes will surprise your taste buds with their deliciousness.
There is a reason Alaskan breakfasts are so hearty: You’ll put that energy to good use exploring the great outdoors. Take an easy stroll or pedal along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail for stunning views of Mount Susitna, Cook Inlet, the city skyline – and perhaps a friendly moose or two. For a greater challenge, make the hike to Flattop Mountain for a panorama that will make you feel like king of the world.
Later, art, history, and science all converge at the Anchorage Museum, and the result is a can’t-miss journey through time and beyond, into the unknowns of outer space itself. Once you return to earth, hotels like Extended Stay America make it easy to indulge in a quick nap before dinner on the waterfront to end your perfect day.
Summer is spectacular for those who want to enjoy patio dining, colorful flowers, and clear skies. However, winter visitors are in for a treat as well: A sighting of the Northern Lights is almost guaranteed in colder climes, and of course, winter sports are paramount. Adventurers who brave the cold are richly rewarded with one-of-a-kind escapades, such as snowshoeing through the wilderness, alpine skiing, and sled-dog racing.
Of course, summer is always a popular time to book downtown Anchorage rentals, like the Westmark Anchorage Hotel. When temperatures hover in the low 70s, locals shake off the winter layers and savor al fresco dining, flowers in bloom all over the city, and more festivals, events, and markets than you could visit in weeks.
This city is beautiful at any time of year, and whenever you choose to travel, you can trust Travelocity to present you with the best selection of Anchorage downtown hotels. Whether you want to befriend adorable animals from afar, experience new and exciting flavors, or have an arctic adventure you can boast about for years, you are just a few steps away from a once-in-a-lifetime vacation.