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Anchorage Accolades

Alaska boasts a lot of superlatives: biggest state, tallest North American mountain, highest concentration of glaciers. But another tends to get attached to Anchorage: best.

  • Travel + Leisure named Alaska's Coast as one of the top 50 places to visit in 2021.
  • Resonance Cosulting put Anchorage at number six in a nationwide ranking of America’s Best Small Cities in 2020.
  • Expedia named Anchorage one of the "most tourist-friendly cities" in 2018.
  • National Geographic Traveler named Anchorage one of its “Best of the World” destinations in 2017.
  • Outside Magazine called Anchorage the "Best City for making the most of summer" in July 2017.
  • TripAdvisor ran the numbers in 2017 and put Anchorage on its list of affordable summer trips in the west.
  • Expedia named Anchorage one of the "15 Best Places to Experience American Culture."
  • Bicycling Magazine hailed Anchorage’s trail system as one of the best in the U.S. 
  • Anchorage was listed at No. 16 in Runner’s World’s “The Best Running Cities in America.”
  • The American Hiking Society agrees, naming Anchorage second on a list of Top Trail Towns.
  • The National Civic League recognized Anchorage as an All-America City in 1956, 1965, 1984, and 2002.

Accolades don’t end at the city limits either.

  • The Glenn Highway and the Seward Highway leading out of Anchorage are each designated as National Scenic Byways.
  • Girdwood – part of the municipality – was recognized by as one of “10 Great Mountain Towns.” 
  • Alyeska Resort got the nod from Travel + Leisure as one of America’s Best Ski Hotels.
  • Australia’s Daily Telegraph newspaper also marked Alyeska as one of the top 10 up-and-coming ski resorts in the world.

Scenic Drives

Ready to see the sights? Each of these scenic trip ideas starts the day in Anchorage, and could have you back...


A visit to Anchorage is a full-on adventure! With more than 60 glaciers within 50 miles of downtown, a salmon...