Anchorage: Gateway to the Wild

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Even in the modern era, Anchorage still seems to sit on the divide between civilization and the wild.  It’s not uncommon to see bears strolling down local trails, moose dropping by neighborhood backyards to sample the flowers or locals pulling salmon out of Anchorage’s creeks that are just a short walk away from the city’s hotels and office buildings. If you love the outdoors and seek a new adventure, then book a trip to our latest destination – Anchorage.

Wildlife Up Close & Personal

Bull Moose in Anchorage

Bull Moose in Anchorage

Anchorage is the perfect jumping-off spot for all sorts of wildlife viewing. In fact, you won’t have to go far. With approximately 1,500 in the city limits, chances are you’ll spot a moose within hours of your visit. They’re as likely to stroll down the streets of downtown as they are in the local parks. When it comes to the iconic bear, Anchorage is in the heart of bear country, and there are plenty of spots to view either a black or brown bear depending on the season. Eagles and ravens are present in Anchorage year-round, including more than a dozen nesting pairs of bald eagles. The Anchorage Audubon Society is a great source for the best viewing spots. During the summer, you can watch beluga, humpback, gray, orca whales and more feeding near the shore. Turnagain Arm, Beluga Point and turnouts along Seward Highway Bird Point are great spots to view Belugas. And there are also plenty of tours you can take for glacier and wildlife viewing.

Catch the Big One

Anchorage means salmon longer than the length of your arm. Every summer, chinook, sockeye, coho and more make their return to the city’s rivers and streams. Some of the best fishing is literally just steps from all the major hotels. Visit Anchorage Alaska has a great guide to get you started, including where to rent your gear. Many of the local seafood shops will pack, ship and even clean your catch beforehand. If you don’t want to get your hands dirty but still want to try some of the best-tasting salmon imaginable, Anchorage’s restaurateurs are not shy saying you haven’t tasted salmon until you’ve tasted Alaska salmon. You won’t find a shortage of fine and casual spots serving the freshest of catches.

The Grandest of Parks

Denali - Tallest peak in North America

Denali – Tallest peak in North America

Alaska’s glaciers, state and national parks are a sight to behold. There’s no better place to start than Anchorage. Over 60 glaciers are within 50 miles of town. You could spend days exploring the glaciers of Prince William Sound as well as other spots offered by cruise providers. When it comes to National Parks, Anchorage offers easy access to five parks in particular. Start with the grandest of them all: Denali National Park, home to North America’s tallest peak. But Kenai Fjords National Park, Lake Clark National Park, Katmai National Park and Wrangell-Saint Elias don’t disappoint either. All are excellent spots to view bears, moose, wolves and caribou in abundance as well as the perfect spot to spend a day hiking or fishing. And just 20 minutes from downtown Anchorage are Chugach State Park and Chugach National Forest, home to some of most accessible natural areas and the perfect playground for the outdoor enthusiast.

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