It may be the middle of the night, but it’s time to bundle up and wander out into the wilderness. Look up at the deep blue sky. With the swirl of the Northern Lights overhead and the whimsical call of birdsong dancing through the night, let your childlike wonder run wild. You’ve arrived in Anchorage, Alaska. It’s time for adventure. Whether you plan to board the historic Alaska Railroad for a breathtaking train excursion through the wilds or meander down coastal trails on foot, book one of our top Anchorage hotels and treat yourself to luxury at the end of a long, full day.
Dine on the downtown waterfront with a view of Knik Arm or leave the rustic landscape—for just a moment—to peruse the collections at Anchorage Museum and splurge on dinner and a show. When the wilds woo you farther afield, venture out to tiny ski villages, like Alyeska, where you’re sure to forget you’re visiting the biggest city in Alaska. Read more to learn about the best places to stay in Anchorage…
Where to Stay in Anchorage
When you encounter natural beauty as far as the eye can see and cultural experiences waiting around every bend in the river, you’ll want to stay everywhere in “The City of Lights and Flowers.” Before you book your next getaway, consider these dreamy locations and lovely amenities:
- Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and Spa: Spend your vacation in the luxury of this downtown Anchorage lodging, where earthy décor meets refreshing facials and relaxing massages. Sounds like the perfect pairing—just like the oatmeal stout and warmhearted revelry at Glacier Brewhouse. Walk to all of downtown’s hottest venues—even on a cold day, the show goes on at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.
- Dimond Center Hotel: Southwest of the city center, this contemporary hotel with floor-to-ceiling lobby windows will have you thinking of a girl’s best friend. No, not diamonds—hiking through Far North Bicentennial Park and stopping to smell the roses at Alaska Botanical Garden.
- The Hotel Alyeska: When you just want to set your out-of-office reply and abscond to the wilderness, don’t forget to book a soothing body treatment and dinner reservations for when you get back to this otherworldly hotel. Located on the far south side of Anchorage, with ski slopes right outside, The Hotel Alyeska is a warm oasis in the middle of a brisk mountain range.
- Courtyard by Marriott Anchorage Airport: Ted Stephens Anchorage International Airport is blissfully close to Lake Hood and Lake Spenard as well as some of the most convenient hotels in Anchorage. When you reach the Last Frontier, ride the complimentary airport shuttle and leave your bags by the bedside because the indoor pool awaits, and downtown Anchorage is just 4 miles away.
Anchorage’s motto is simple: “Big Wild Life.” So don’t be shy about blazing new trails and chasing the Aurora Borealis. Fill your lungs with fresh air at some of Mother Nature’s favorite Anchorage landmarks:
- Cook Inlet: On the south side of the city, mist dances across the surface of Cook Inlet. Look just beyond the water to a beautiful mountain range or look carefully for the perfect skipping stones to send sailing across Turnagain Arm.
- Tony Knowles Coastal Trail: Whether you bike, hike, or run, join the trail on 2nd Avenue downtown and follow the curve of the coast around the city to Kincaid Park, south of the airport. Remember to stop to meet any wild moose that cross your path and bring your camera for a serene snapshot of the sunset.
- Thunderbird Falls: Follow Old Glenn Highway 27 miles north of the downtown area and stand in awe of the crashing cascades and bubbling brooks along the Thunderbird Falls Trail. Keep an eye out for salmon swimming upstream.
Follow your love of wide-open spaces and cozy hideaways to the south coast of Alaska, where comfort and adventure meet on the Last Frontier. Book cheap hotels near Anchorage with Travelocity’s price-matching guarantee. We’ll match the best price you can find. Pull your warmest parka out of the mothballs and scout out your softest hiking socks, because this is an experience you refuse to be denied.