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Alaska’s largest city is a vibrant, eclectic metropolis with a frontier spirit, located in one of the world's most spectacular settings. Embraced by six mountain ranges and warmed by a maritime climate, summer days seem endless and winter is truly a wonderland. It’s a young city, founded in 1915, but it boasts a fascinating past.
From its roots as a railroad construction camp and tent city, Anchorage has grown to nearly 300,000 people with more than 95 languages spoken. The diversity of the city’s residents means a multitude of arts and cultural activities, unique dining options and variety of events.
Anchorage is in Southcentral Alaska. The Chugach Mountains are east of the city, and waters of Cook Inlet border the city on the northwest and southwest. That means you’re never too far away from a mountain adventure or a coastal stroll.
Most major airlines fly to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. During summer the Alaska Marine Highway, the state’s ferry system, departs Bellingham, Wash., and arrives in Whittier, Alaska, 60 miles south of downtown. Many cruise lines start or end itineraries in Whittier or Seward, Alaska about 90 miles from Anchorage; cruise transfers to Anchorage are available.
If you’re visiting other parts of Alaska, you’ll find plenty of ways to get there. Roads and rails connect Anchorage to Fairbanks and Denali National Park to the north and to Seward and Kenai Fjords National Park to the south. Even if your trip includes a stop at a remote lake or lodge, the city is a good place to start; Anchorage’s Lake Hood is the world’s busiest floatplane base. View maps and transportation information.
Sunny summer months soak in the mid 60s. Warmed by a maritime climate, Anchorage is spared from extreme low temperatures too. Winter days are mild, with temps only getting as low as 20 degrees – perfect for skiing, skating and dog mushing. Learn more about Anchorage weather and climate.
Anchorage is in the AKDT - Alaska Daylight Time, which is nine (9) hour behind of Greenwich Mean Time, eight (8) hours during daylight savings.
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport
Flights from Seattle and Salt Lake, Frankfurt and Philadelphia make up the more than 240 daily flights arriving and departing daily from Alaska's largest airport. Located just six miles from downtown Anchorage, transportation from the airport is convenient by taxi, hotel courtesy shuttles or People Mover bus. Upon arrival, stop by the Visit Anchorage Information Centers for assistance or directions.
Public Bus Transportation
The local public transit system, People Mover, provides access to most visitor attractions and activities. Regular service is available weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. with limited service evenings until 11 p.m. weekends and holidays. The People Mover Transit Center, 6th Avenue and G Street, has information, maps, and a handy guide entitled "Places To Go By Bus."
Adult bus fare is $1.75, $1 for youth (ages 5 - 18) and 50 cents for senior citizens (60+). A People Mover Day Pass is available for purchase from bus drivers for $5, $1.50 for seniors and people with disabilities, and allows unlimited rides on all People Mover bus routes for one calendar day.
The United States operates on 120 volts, compared to the standard 220 volts in Europe.
In Anchorage, it is customary to tip between 15-20 percent depending on the quality of the service.
Traveling to the U.S.
Most international travelers are required to obtain a visa from the U.S. Department of State. For more information, visit http://travel.state.gov/.