Welcome to Anchorage, where moose wander the neighborhoods, eagles soar overhead, and world-class hotels and fine cuisine are a stone's throw from settlers' cabins. Anchorage is your gateway to all that Alaska has to offer. Glaciers, mountains, wildlife, Native Alaskan culture and the best shopping in Alaska are all found here. Anchorage is situated between the soaring heights of the Chugach and Alaska Mountain Ranges and the waters of Cook Inlet. In just minutes you can be out of downtown Anchorage observing Dall sheep on the steep mountain slopes or watching for the white backs of beluga whales as they chase salmon up Turnagain Arm. Shop in the morning and wander the 11-mile Coastal trail in the afternoon. The Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center boasts a superb collection of Native Alaskan art and artifacts, as well as paintings and pioneer treasures, or visit Lake Hood, the largest floatplane base in the world. With nearly 20 hours of sunlight in the summer, the city is a colorful oasis of flowers. Take advantage of the daylight with a flightseeing tour to view the brown bears of Redoubt Bay or to explore magnificent Mt. McKinley. Whether by train, floatplane or motorcoach, you are moments away from Alaska's abundant wildlife and amazing scenery.
Prince William Sound lies within the boundaries of Chugach National Forest, and boasts 3,500 miles of coastline and one of the world's largest collections of tidewater glaciers.
Alaska has the nation's greatest concentration of glaciers, covering almost 30,000 square miles. Just a short drive from Anchorage is Portage Glacier, Alaska's No. 1 visitor attraction.
A bear-viewing trip is the ultimate way to watch these wild creatures in their natural habitat as they frolic with their bear cubs and catch salmon.
Kenai Fjords National Park
The 690,000-acre Kenai Fjords National Park is dominated by the expansive Harding Icefield, feeding dozens of deep-blue glaciers that tumble down into the waters of the bay.
Alaska's largest museum is the best way to experience Alaska's art, history, science and culture. Its permanent collection numbers 17,500 objects with an education collection of roughly 2,000 artifacts.
Chugach National Forest
Chugach is the second-largest national forest in the country. Its 5,940,000 acres spread across three distinct landscapes, stretching from the Kenai Peninsula east across Prince William Sound.
5.5 hours | Anchorage | 2AK-ANC-6402 A K - A N C - 6 4 0
Venture on a spectacular cruise across Portage Lake home to Portage Glacier-a relic of the Ice Age. You'll also visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center for the opportunity to view wildlife up close.
10 hours | Anchorage | 2AK-ANC-6102 A K - A N C - 6 1 0
Chugach National Forest
Prince William Sound
Hop aboard a high-speed catamaran and travel 160 miles into Prince William Sound to see 26 ''named'' glaciers and come face-to-face with several types of glaciers and experience the glacier calving during the cruise.