Anchorage Visitor Center (JodyO. Photos)
Alaska is a top bucket list destination for many. The stunning beauty, nature and wildlife is just amazing. People are friendly, indigenous experiences are exceptional and the regional foods outstanding.
When discussing Alaska trips with clients, it almost always includes sailing through the Inside Passage. And it should. With all the experiences available, what an amazing region!
But I’m here to tell you a land only vacation is equally amazing.
I always encourage, when time and budget allow for it, time in Anchorage and Alaska’s interior. There is so much to see that it would be a shame to miss these spectacular areas. And if a cruise isn't in the cards (like much of this year), then Alaska by land is a perfect alternative.
Today I am sharing some insights on Anchorage and easy day trips from the city. In a subsequent post I’ll share insights on multi-day trips to the interior.
ANCHORAGE AS A BASE
Anchorage is located in Alaska’s South Central region, and is the state’s largest city. It is the gateway for people traveling on cruises that start or end in Seward and Whittier, as well as for trips into the interior, Katmai, Kodiak Island, Kenai Fjords and beyond.
I often get asked “Is there anything to do in or around Anchorage?” YES. PLENTY!
Anchorage Museum (Ashley Heimbigner), Bull Moose (Roy Neese), Ship Creek (Ken Graham Photography), Crab (JoyO.Photos), Music in the PArk (Roy Neese),
Westchester Lagoon (Kathleen Bonnar), Mother and Baby Moose (Brian Bonney), Reindeer Sausage (Roy Neese), Turnaigain Brewing (Jack Bonney)
Ideally located, Anchorage is a perfect base for day trips into the region.
Anchorage to Portage Glacier on the Seward Highway
This 127 mile scenic highway takes you along the dramatic shoreline of Turnagain Arm, through the Kenai Peninsula, ending in the coastal town of Seward. The following are highlights that can be seen on day trip from Anchorage (but not all in one day).
Portage Pass (JodyO.Photos)
Anchorage to Talkeetna on the Parks Highway
Anchorage to Matanuska on the Glenn Highway
Eklutna Kayaking (Juno Kim), Sled Dog Welcome (Julie Saupe), Ruth Glacier Flightsee Landing (Ed Rutledge), Chugach State Park
Anchorage is home to over 750 float planes, some of which will take you on some amazing experiences:
What is there to do in or around Anchorage? Plenty!
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Laurie Marschall - Owner and Founder