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Summer Activities

Gigantic mountains, a half-million acre state park, 300 miles of hiking and biking trails, world-class sport fishing for BIG king salmon, monster veggies growing wildly beneath the midnight sun — It’s no wonder summer travelers quickly knock sleeping off their Anchorage to-do list. Go BIG!

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The waters of Turnagain Arm glisten in the background as a parasailer launches off Mount Alyeska in Girdwood.
The waters of Turnagain Arm glisten in the background as a parasailer launches off Mount Alyeska in Girdwood. ©Visit Anchorage/Roy Neese

Summer Activities Articles

The dream of landing a trophy fish lures people from around the globe to Anchorage, where urban angling is just a stone’s throw from downtown and remote fly in fishing in the Alaska wilderness is an...
Grab a pair of binoculars and go WILD in Anchorage. Anchorage wildlife viewing is a year-round attraction, with guaranteed wildlife viewing at close proximity.
Flanked by one of the largest Alaska State Parks and surrounded by Alaska National Parks, Anchorage is the perfect starting point for outdoor adventures. See natural treasures, find amazing wildlife...
It doesn’t have to be winter to drive a dog sled in Alaska. Get a taste of the one of the north’s greatest adventures in summer too!
Getting to the unexplored wilderness surrounding Anchorage is easy. Start your engines to enjoy the sights and surroundings of backcountry Alaska.
Journey deep into bear territory on an Alaska bear viewing tour to Kodiak Island or Katmai National Park. One-day fly-in adventures begin right in Anchorage.
Folding into the foothills of East Anchorage, the Chugach Mountains provide some of the most accessible hiking, camping, wildlife viewing and climbing areas in Alaska.
Southcentral Alaska is great mushroom picking territory. Spring to fall, mushroom enthusiasts gather several delicious species from forests, hillsides, fields and trails.
Visitors looking for guaranteed and authentic bear viewing experience have some options while visiting Anchorage.
Explore Anchorage on a high-tech treasure hunt! Geocaching combines riddles, puzzles, geography and sleuthing skills in a seek-and-find game, perfect for an individual, family or group.
Surrounded by wilderness, Anchorage offers a world of opportunity for Alaska bird watching in an ecological setting. 
Mountain or tandem, city slicker or rim runner, cycling in Anchorage leads to great (and inexpensive) adventure on the city’s nationally-recognized trail system.
Sled dog teams may be more iconic in Alaska, but horses played their own role in Gold Rush Alaska. Saddle up in Anchorage for the ride of your life.
Only with the aid of Alaska’s sparkling winter lights and long summer days can Anchorage host so many great festivals and events in just 365 days.
Cranberries, salmon berries, and mountains of blueberries! Anchorage trails truly represent the bounties of nature – spectacular views, wildlife and giant trailside patches of sweet, juicy berries....
The arctic phenomenon known as the Midnight Sun is what makes golfing in Anchorage truly distinctive. The Alaska golf season usually runs May through September and with the midnight sun, tee times...
Finding wilderness by way of water can be a refreshing and exhilarating way to enjoy summer days in Anchorage. Choose from relaxing and scenic floats, longer and wilder rides, or multi-day wilderness...
On the longest day of the year – summer solstice – Anchorage, Alaska, gets 22 hours of functional daylight, and the city makes the most of all that sun. Alaskans gather for big celebrations, classic...
Anchorage, Alaska turns the Last Frontier red, white and blue for the Fourth of July. The city starts our Independence Day celebrations early – and not just because Alaska loves a good party.