Whether traveling by cruise, land, or both, nearly all visitors spend a night or two in Anchorage on their Alaska vacation. Here you'll find answers to the questions we're most often asked about staying and playing in Alaska's largest city. You can also contact us online or call us at 800-208-0200.
Anchorage is centrally located between some of Alaska's best destinations. It's also the state's main transportation hub. Please follow the links below for all the details on traveling from Anchorage.
Most visitors spend one or two nights in Anchorage at the beginning and/or end of their Alaska vacation. Because Anchorage has so much to offer, it's worth planning to spend at least one full day.
The best hotels in Anchorage range from spacious all-suite properties, to lodging within close proximity to the airport or train depot. To see all available options, please check out our Anchorage hotels page.
Bear viewing tours, glacier helicopter flights, and city or Turnagain Arm tours are some of the best things to do in Anchorage. See our full list of Anchorage activities here.
You should check with your hotel to see if they offer a shuttle service. If your hotel does not have a shuttle, taxis, Uber, and Lyft are available in Anchorage.
Anchorage's food scene is thriving and diverse. It's a classic example of there being a challenge not in finding a good meal, but in choosing between so many good options. We often recommend Snow City Café for breakfast and Kobuk Coffee Co. for espresso drinks and sweet treats. Both Orso and Glacier Brewhouse dish up excellent local fare in downtown, and Simon and Seafort's has beautiful views along with award winning seafood. The list doesn't end there, though. Check out our article for more Anchorage restaurant recommendations.
In Anchorage you'll find several companies who will process, pack, and ship your fish overnight so it arrives safely at your home and still frozen. Here are two options:
If you're traveling with your fish and flying out at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Alaska Luggage & Seafood Shipping Services is located on the second level across from the TSA checkpoint. Passengers can store fish in the freezer or have them ship your fish directly home without the hassle of having to check it with your luggage.