Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska with all the big city amenities. Surrounded by the most beautiful scenery, rugged wilderness, glaciers, lakes, miles of hiking trails, etc. all within few miles reach. Everything in Alaska is incredible. It is not possible to pick a favourite among all the beautiful things one can witness there. These are some of the places we have seen and highly recommend around Anchorage and hope this helps you plan your trip.
Matanuska Glacier in Alaska is the largest glacier in United States accessible by car. One can walk on this glacier without having to air-land on it or even do strenuous hikes up the mountains. This glacier lies about 100 miles northeast of Anchorage, is 27 miles long, 4 miles wide and its terminus can be seen from a viewpoint on Glenn Highway. Just past the viewpoint it is accessible with a fee, which is not much for the unbelievable experience.
Sea kayaking at a glacier should go on everybody's bucket list because it's an absolutely amazing experience. We took this tour from Valdez, a city located on the eastern side of Prince William Sound. We arrived the day before as our tour started early at 8 am. Our hotel was in the best possible location on Harbor dr. One could spend hours strolling by the docks watching sea otters put on a show; not to mention 360 degrees of jaw-dropping scenery. Plus there were cute little bunnies hopping around the hotel all day.
Utterly blown away by our Glacier Bay cruise trip few years ago, we made this trip to Anchorage to check out more of what Alaska had to offer. We booked a 5 day trip package to Anchorage one summer. It was 12:30am when we arrived at Springhill Suites Hotel University Lake. Thanks to midnight sun we were able to get our first glimpse of the city without having to wait till morning.
What do you do when you fall in love with a place? You go there again and again. And that is what we did! This was our third trip to Alaska. After lots of planning around the dates and routes, we came up with an itinerary that allowed us enough time to explore and capture each place. This was a 7 day trip and we prepared ourselves to drive a lot.
Our trip started with flying to Anchorage from LA on a midnight flight, then a drive to Denali National Park followed by a trip to Valdez with a stop over at Palmer and finally back to Anchorage for a flight to LA.