An Anchorage Getaway from the West Coast
There has never been a better time to visit Anchorage. With historically low airfares, frequent flights, and more ways to enjoy iconic Alaska than ever before, Anchorage is within easy (and often direct) reach from many U.S. airports. The scenic three-hour flight from Seattle means you could be sipping coffee in your kitchen before breakfast, then unwinding with views of Denali after lunch. Plan an extended weekend or week-long getaway to Alaska's largest city for a chance to explore glaciers, mingle with wildlife, and immerse yourself in vast surrounding parkland.
More Adventures, For Less
When adjusted for inflation, airfares into Anchorage are at lows not seen in 20 years. Anchorage has no sales tax, and many of the best things to do on a quick visit are free (like access to the paved trails system) or a minimal cost (parking for a day hike in the Chugach Mountains is $5).
Getting to Anchorage is easy, and getting around is easy too. The ride from Anchorage’s airport to downtown hotels is about 15 minutes; a short ride leaving plenty of time to start exploring right away.
There are some unbelievable experiences incredibly close. See a moose in the first hour, catch a salmon a short walk from the hotel, or step out on a glacier and be back in time for dinner.
The Chugach Mountains sit just to the east of the city, and have more than 300 miles of trails, as well as many of those famed Alaska glaciers. Trail heads like Glen Alps are less than 20 minutes away, and among the most popular spots for a quick introduction to Alaska’s natural assets.
This part of Alaska has a huge concentration of pilots and small planes, especially at Merrill Field and Lake Hood Seaplane Base. Flightseeing tours run the gamut: Go view bears at a remote spot, dog sled on a glacier, kayak at a remote lake, or circle Denali. Each is an easy few hours or day trip.