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Where to stay in Anchorage: Best areas for travelers

  • 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.

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Anchorage Vacations

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.

Major Attractions

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:

Frequently asked questions

How much are vacation packages to Anchorage?
You might be pleasantly surprised — you can find yourself in Anchorage for only . Here at Travelocity, we save you money and stress with our fantastic vacation packages. With flights, hotels and experiences all ready to be snapped up, what’s stopping you?
How long should my Anchorage vacation be?
Many travelers like to spend about 2 nights in Anchorage. But you don’t have to follow the crowd. Whether you decide to stay for a few days or a few weeks, you’ll love discovering all the wonderful things that this destination has to offer.
Where can I get the best vacation package deals for Anchorage?
You can lock in awesome Anchorage package deals with Travelocity. Choose from as many as 400 airlines and 665,000 properties worldwide and turn those travel fantasies into reality.
Why should I book my Anchorage vacation package with Travelocity?
We offer destinations for every type of globetrotter, superb service and round-the-clock customer support. And to top it off, we’ll match any lower price you find with our Price Match Guarantee.
Can I save money on my Anchorage car rental if I combine it with a hotel or flight?
Combining your car, hotel and flight into an Anchorage vacation package is an excellent way to land the best deal. Plus, having your own wheels gives you freedom to get to all those landmarks you’re itching to see. Sitting 31 mi away from Anchorage, Alyeska Ski Resort is one place that should be on your to-do list. Put together a driving playlist and make a day trip of it.
What is the best time of year to go to Anchorage?
You’ll nab the lowest hotel prices around February and pay more during July. You can expect it to be quieter in December, October, November, while you’ll find a lot more fellow visitors to meet during July, June, August. It all comes down to what prices you’re willing to pay, the climate and how well you handle crowds.
Which airport is best for Anchorage?
A flight to Anchorage means coming in to land at Anchorage, AK (ANC-Ted Stevens Anchorage Intl.). It’s around 4 mi southwest of the downtown area.
What is there to do in Anchorage?
While venturing off the beaten track is rewarding, you really shouldn’t miss the big attractions that make a destination famous. Alyeska Ski Resort and Kincaid Park are just two of them in Anchorage.
Where should I stay when visiting Anchorage?
Most tourists book hotels in Downtown Anchorage. Leading places to stay in this area of Anchorage include the Inlet Tower Hotel And Suites (3.0 stars) and the Aviator Hotel Anchorage (3.0 stars). Another superb neighborhood to consider is Turnagain. Here, we highly recommend the Alex Hotel & Suites Anchorage Airport (3.0 stars) and The Lakefront Anchorage (3.5 stars).

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