Where to stay in Anchorage: Best areas for travelers
- Girdwood: Follow the crowds and discover what makes this part of town the number one pick for many travelers. The Newly Completed Mountainside Private Retreat or the Alyeska Resort will make your trip all the more enjoyable.
- Downtown Anchorage: With tons of attractions to keep you busy during the day and a good assortment of places to spend your nights, this neighborhood is a hit with many travelers. Stroll around Sullivan Arena and other popular sights before resting up at the Extended Stay America - Anchorage - Downtown, the Four Points by Sheraton Anchorage Downtown or the Downtown Executive Suite One Bedroom Apartment.
- Palmer: Swap scurrying about bustling city streets for a peaceful stroll around Pioneer Peak and Lazy Mountain. Nature buffs will feel right at home here. The Pioneer Motel, the Eagle Hotel and the Hatcher\'s Pass & Skeetawk - AN Alpine SKI Area Mountain Home are great places to recover from your big adventures.
- Wasilla: Loads of sightseers prefer staying in this area because it's full of things to see and do. Your must-see list will be busy with fascinating attractions like Lucile Lake, Matanuska-Susitna (Mat-Su) Visitors Center and Settlers Bay Golf Course. Where can you relax after all that excitement? The Best Western Lake Lucille Inn, the Mat-Su Resort and the Lake Front With Spectacular Views are a few options.
- Midtown Anchorage: If you're in the mood to spend time with Mother Nature, this is the perfect place to be. Enjoy some downtime at Campbell Creek Greenbelt Park then take in the scenery at David Green Park. Wondering where to stay in this corner of the world? We recommend the Hyatt Place Anchorage Midtown, the SpringHill Suites Anchorage Midtown and the Aspen Suites Hotel Anchorage.
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Popular places to visit in Anchorage
Alaska's largest city impresses travelers with more than marvelous scenery, and there’s plenty of that. Embark on an Anchorage getaway and discover the abundance of dazzling entertainment, warm hospitality, and scrumptious seafood in what was once The Last Frontier. Whether you're fishing for salmon at Ship Creek or exploring the past at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, this sprawling city amazes. From the gleaming skyscrapers to the snowcapped mountains, you can have it all here. Start looking for Anchorage vacation packages, and pack your bags for an unforgettable journey.
Top Hotels in Anchorage
The best vacations in Anchorage begin with a great accommodation. Browse our guest favorites and book your stay in one of Anchorage’s most beloved neighborhoods.
- The Hotel Alyeska: If mountain hikes or ski slopes fill your daydreams, stay at The Hotel Alyeska, located southeast of Anchorage. The surrounding mountain range is rugged and invigorating, but each room is outfitted with state-of-the-art entertainment centers, soaking tubs, and sumptuous bedding. For added luxury, indulge in a spa treatment and enjoy a meal at one of the three hotel restaurants. And cozy up to the lobby fireplace, of course.
- Dimond Center Hotel: Located southeast of downtown Anchorage, this hotel has exquisite access to the Dimond Center shopping mall and a central location within a couple of miles to parks, Campbell Lake, and art galleries. When you aren’t shopping till you almost drop, or checking out the landscapes and landmarks of downtown, settle in for a peaceful picnic in the hotel gardens, weather permitting.
- Aviator Hotel Anchorage: With bold décor and simple comforts, the Aviator Hotel Anchorage is a fabulous oasis within walking distance to all of downtown’s most popular attractions, like Alaska State Troopers Museum and Imaginarium Discovery Center. Even if the weather outside is frightful, the indoor pool is delightful, as is the in-house restaurant and bar.
- Hotel Captain Cook: On the west side of downtown Anchorage, just blocks away from the waterfront, Hotel Captain Cook keeps good company with historic sites and cultural venues, including Oscar Anderson House Museum and Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. The interior décor pays homage to its namesake, James Cook and will put you in quite the adventurous mood while the full-service spa will soothe you into contentment.
Anchorage, with its open landscapes and unique districts, is a breathtaking wonderland or cultural diversity and natural beauty. The Alaska Native Heritage Center is an informative and engaging center that tells about native Alaskan cultures, which makes it a must-visit for any family vacation in Anchorage. Get to know the city’s natural heritage at The Anchorage Zoo, where you’ll meet the region’s bald eagles to polar bears up close. As for wild animals, see moose in the foothills of the Chugach Mountains, and observe black bears in Denali National Park before a spectacular hike.
Biking along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail is a great way to view the city, sea, and surrounding wilderness. Skiing and kayaking are two other common activities in Anchorage, and some of the best slopes grace the terrain of Hilltop, Arctic Valley, and the nearby village of Alyeska. Additionally, bars and eateries line downtown, and you can find anything from craft beer and sake to burgers and Mexican cuisine. With so much exploration on the itinerary, refuel with delicious salmon dishes and plenty of wild berry cobbler.
Festivals and Events
Whether the city is covered in a blanket of snow or dripping in sunshine, when you abscond on an Anchorage vacation, there’s sure to be a celebration or event to brighten your visit. From mid-May through mid-September, the Anchorage Market and Festival is open on weekends, and you can find everything there from local seafood and bison meat to native crafts and jewelry. The Downtown Summer Solstice Festival is unique since it's light for nearly 20 hours in Anchorage on that day. Amble through The Festival of Flowers in late May to stop and smell the roses.
Anchorage is home to the perfect pairing of untamed wilderness and metropolitan majesty, and when you book package deals in Anchorage with Travelocity, you’ll save on another perfect pairing—convenient flights and a lovely place to stay. Now, if only the Northern Lights were as easy to schedule…
Tours and Activities in Anchorage
So you've dropped off your case and you're feeling tired after your flight — what do you do? Have forty winks? No way... getaways are all about new experiences and mind-blowing adventures! (Besides, you can always sleep when you get back home.)
So you've filled your Anchorage travel itinerary with a whole bunch of fun adventures — great! If you're trying to organize one more thing, have a look at our suggestions:
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