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Natural Wonders of Anchorage
Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska,
surrounded by six mountain ranges. Anchorage offers breathtaking
mountain views and an abundance of wildlife sightings from urban
Anchorage to the city of Anchorage. Popular animals to see
include: black bears, grizzly bears, wolves and moose.
Anchorage offers a sub arctic climate with short, cool summers
with average temperatures ranging from 55-78 degrees Fahrenheit.
During winter months the average daytime temperatures range from
5-30 degrees Fahrenheit. Offering year round activities from
sporting events, seasonal activities, recreational and more.
Days seem endless during summer offering longer days and
vibrant flowers in full bloom. The city plants over 461
flowerbeds and hanging baskets. A local flower (Fireweed) blooms
late in summer and autumn decorating roadsides with it's
brilliant pink and magenta color. Days become shorter during the winter months
in Anchorage. Downtown Anchorage transforms into a
wonderland decorated with thousands of lights. Wintertime offers
a variety of winter activities such as: dog sledding,
snowmobiling, skiing, snow sculpting and flight seeing by
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Glaciers Tours in Anchorage
Alaska is home to approximately 100,000 glaciers,
45 minutes south of downtown Anchorage is Portage Glacier the most
visited attraction in Alaska. Your fist stop will be at the Visitors
Center (Begich-Boggs) offering several exhibits along with a highly
recommended film about glaciers. Next visitors can walk along the
shore of the lake for an up close view of the icebergs. To
view the glacier, it is necessary to drive along the lake to the
sight seeing boat dock and purchase a cruise ticket. The boat will
cruise through the lake and take the visitors close to the glacier
face. Visitors seeking adventure, look for an additional
parking lot about halfway between the Visitors Center and the boat
dock. This is the beginning of a trail leading to another glacier,
Byron Glacier. Offering visitors a healthy hike to a glacier they
can climb on.
Visitors seeking the ultimate glacier and
wildlife tour will enjoy The Kenai Fjords National Park Glacier
Cruise. From the port town of Seward, 2.5 hrs south of Anchorage,
Kenai Fjords Tours is the original glacier cruise and tour operator
in the National Park. This fully narrated cruise features tidewater
glaciers, and an abundance of wildlife such as whales, sea lions,
harbor seals, orcas and other whales.
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Things to do in Anchorage Alaska
Dog Sledding is not only an Alaskan tradition,
but it's also a state competition which is celebrated every March
with the running of the 1,150 mile Iditarod Sled Dog Race from
Anchorage to Nome. Visitors can experience a dog sledding excursion
with opportunities to see what it's like, meet some Iditarod racers and their dogs, and
to hear details of what it is like to run this brutal race. You may
to experience dog sledding first- hand. Anchorage offers dog
sledding tours which include touring the kennels, seeing how the
dogs are trained and holding their puppies. You may get the chance to
climb into the sled and have these powerful dogs pull you at
thrilling speeds through the forest. During summer months enjoy riding
through groomed trails
or across a glacier. Winter months offers longer treks through the
wilderness and Alaska's backcountry.
Another popular winter activity in
Anchorage is ice fishing, with several fishing locations. The ice
is usually thick enough on the South-central lakes by mid November
or early December. The lakes in South-central Alaska are stocked by
the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Many of the same kind of
fish caught in the summer can also be caught in the winter.
Approximately a dozen of the lakes in Anchorage are stocked with catch able
sized Chinook salmon along with rainbows, lake
trout, grayling, and Arctic Char.