Anchorage Travel Guide

Anchorage, nestled between the Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet, blends urban and wild, with a rich history starting in 1914. Today, it’s a cultural hub featuring museums, heritage centers, and a lively arts scene. Outdoor activities abound in Chugach State Park and along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, with opportunities to spot wildlife. The city’s culinary scene is highlighted by fresh seafood, and it hosts events like Fur Rendezvous and the Iditarod’s ceremonial start. Anchorage serves as a gateway to Alaska’s interior, offering both modern amenities and a connection to indigenous culture.

Restaurants in Anchorage

  • 49th State Brewing: Not only a brewpub but a community hub, offering a blend of cultural experiences with award-winning beers, a menu of freshly sourced Alaskan products, and a rooftop patio with stunning views of the Cook Inlet and Alaska Range.​
  • South Restaurant + Coffeehouse: A unique dining experience with a diverse menu, a cozy coffeehouse, and a dedicated back room for private events, catering to a wide range of tastes and preferences.
  • Gumbo House:  Authentic Cajun cuisine, offering traditional dishes like gumbo, jambalaya, and po’boys in a welcoming atmosphere that captures the spirit of Louisiana.
  • Spenard Roadhouse: Located in the heart of Spenard in Anchorage, Alaska, known for its fresh comfort food, creative cocktails, local draft beers, and Alaska’s largest selection of small-batch bourbons in a casual, eclectic setting.

Accommodations in Anchorage

  • Alyeska Resort: Alyeska Resort is Alaska’s premier year-round destination featuring over 300 rooms, many fine dining experiences, a saltwater pool, a ski mountain and bike park along with the new Nordic Spa. Whether summer or winter, Alyeska is the perfect base camp for endless adventure and relaxation.
  • Dimond Center Hotel: Known for its convenient location near one of Anchorage’s premier shopping centers, offering spacious rooms and a range of amenities designed for both business and leisure travelers.
  • Aspen Suites Hotel Anchorage: Perfect choice for business or leisure travel. Reasonable rates, a great location and convenient amenities, plus space to spread out and enjoy.
  • Hotel Captain Cook: A luxurious downtown hotel offering elegant accommodations, fine dining, and stunning views of the Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet.
  • Hyatt House Anchorage: Offers a comfortable stay with fully equipped kitchens in each suite, free breakfast, and an indoor pool, catering to both short and extended stays

Activities in Anchorage

  • Big Swig Tours: Your Big Swig ‘Hoperator’ will escort you off the beaten path as you get a behind the scenes look into 3 of Anchorage’s finest breweries.
  • Chugach State Park: Explore the stunning Chugach Mountains with numerous hiking trails, wildlife viewing, and opportunities for outdoor adventures like skiing and snowboarding in the winter.
  • Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center: Located nearby in Portage, this center offers a chance to see Alaska’s native animals up close, including bears, moose, and bison.
  • Tony Knowles Coastal Trail: Enjoy a scenic walk or bike ride along this 11-mile coastal trail offering breathtaking views of the Cook Inlet, the city skyline, and opportunities to spot wildlife like eagles and beluga whales.

Getting to Denali Zipline Park

Estimated Drive Time: 5-6 Hours


To embark on your Denali Park Zipline 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 Park Zipline. Upon arrival, the friendly team at Denali Park Zipline will be ready to greet you and help you prepare for your upcoming zip tour.


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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