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From City to Summit
Your journey starts here
 Photo: Visit Anchorage
Anchorage has all the amenities of a big city while surrounded by a wilderness playground of mountains, trails, forest and ocean.
The city has fine restaurants, theaters and museums, yet there are 60 glaciers within 50 miles of downtown Anchorage. You can photograph glaciers during the day and
in the evening enjoy dinner at a four-star restaurant and take in a show.
Chugach State Park
Chugach State Park, one of the largest state parks in the US, is on the city’s doorstep. The park’s westernmost boundary lies in the western foothills of the Chugach Mountain Range and is a mere seven miles to the east of downtown Anchorage. There are more than 50 glaciers in the 500,000 acre park which offers accessible hiking, biking and camping.
The Flattop mountain trail, in Chugach
Fast Facts
➨➨Population: 291,826 (2010 census) ➨➨Founded in 1914
➨➨Area: over 2000 square miles ➨➨The longest day is June 21
(19 hrs 21 min of daylight)
➨➨The shortest day is December 21 (5 hrs 28 min of daylight)
State Park, is a popular hike and the most often climbed peak in Alaska. The trail is
1.7 miles (one way) and offers 360 degree views of the Alaska Range, Chugach Range, Cook Inlet, and Anchorage. The difficulty is moderate to difficult with an elevation gain of 1,300 feet. The Glen Alps trailhead is a 15 minute drive from downtown Anchorage.
Anchorage Attractions
Whether you are interested in history, arts, Native heritage, railroads, walking, trails, Alaska wildlife, birding or even ulu making, Anchorage has something for you.
The Anchorage Museum is the largest museum in Alaska. This world-class institution has over 20 exhibitions as well as programs on the art, history and culture of Alaska and includes Alaska History Gallery, Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center and the new Thomas Planetarium.
Potter Marsh, at the southern end of the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge, features a 1,550 foot boardwalk over marshes, watery openings and sedges, providing a great opportunity to view birds and other wildlife. It is located 15 minutes south of downtown Anchorage and is accessible from the Seward Highway.
Find a diverse line-up of world-class theater and music performances at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.
Getting Around Anchorage
Anchorage is very spread out, with the exception of the downtown area, which is compact and great for walking.
Maneuvering an RV around downtown Anchorage is relatively easy and there is some RV parking available. Alternatively, you can park at a shopping mall and take a taxi, shuttle or bus downtown.
Downtown Anchorage has numbered streets running east-west and lettered streets running north-south. Several downtown streets are one-way only.
The local public transit system, People Mover, provides access to most visitor attractions and activities. There are also free shuttles available to several different attractions in Anchorage which depart from the corner of Fourth Avenue and
F Street. You can get a schedule from the nearby Visit Anchorage Log Cabin Visitor Information Center.
The Anchorage City Trolley offers a 15- mile historic and scenic tour of Anchorage for $20 per adult. The trolley departs from the corner of Fourth and F Street in front of the Log Cabin Visitor Center during the summer.
The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is Alaska’s biggest airport, with many direct connections to the rest of the world.
                                            It’s not just a tour, it’s an experience!
   It’s Fun! It’s One Hour!
Tours leaving every 30 minutes
from the corner of 4th and F St.
Photo: Visit Anchorage
A view of 4th Avenue in front of Log Cabin Visitor Information Center.

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