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Anchorage Alaska

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 helicopter.   

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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 even get 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.