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Visiting Anchorage, Alaska

Visitor Information | Newspaper | Lodging | Camping
Food | Nightlife | Sightseeing | Internet Access
Fish and Game | Forest Service | Transportation | Hospital

Alaska's largest city, nestled in the Southcentral region overlooking snow-capped mountains to one side and serene waters to the other, the "City of Light and Flowers" is often viewed as the basecamp for Alaska travel.

Anchorage is one of the best locations in Alaska to learn about the state's native peoples. The Alaska Native Heritage Center gives travelers the opportunity to immerse themselves in indigenous cultures of Alaska: Athabascan, Yup'ik, Cup'ik, Inupiaq, St. Lawrence Island Yupik, Aleut, Alutiiq, Eyak, Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian. Each exhibit hall is devoted to the major activities of these culture, from fishing to moose hunting to basketweaving. Outside, lived sized village replicas allow visitors to walk through these native dwellings, complete with artifacts and replicas of household items.

Sports fan will find more variety in the sporting arena than anywhere else in the state. Anchorage plays host to a number of professional and collegiate teams, including the East Coast Hockey League's Atlanta Aces, and the arena football team the Alaska Dream. In the summer months, you can catch the Anchorage Bucs Baseball Club, which features university players from across the country.

Of course, a trip through any Alaskan city wouldn't be the same without experiencing the wildlife, and Anchorage offers many opportunities to take advantage of it's geographic position along the Cook Inlet. In almost any direction you'll find tours and opportunities to glimpse bear, moose and other wildlife in their natural habitats. For a thrill ride, take one of Anchorages sled rides along the Iditarod. These tours include a trip to the kennel to meet champion huskies, as well as a dog show and sled adventure.

Inside the city limits is the Alaska Zoo, which features polar bears, amur tigers, harbor seals, and musk ox among others. October is a great time to visit, and you can join the zoo in celebrating the hibernation of their black and brown bears, or stay for the Halloween festivities.

Finally, Alaska's relatively mild climate and proximity to the mountains makes for great alpine and Nordic skiing, snowboard, and other snow sports. On the opposite side of the city, fisherman can take advantage of giant game right from downtown, where catches of Alaska salmon and rainbow trout are within reach. More serious anglers need only travel a days drive to get try their luck with some of the nearby monster halibut and salmon. Those needing a break from the fish and wildlife can visit any one of Anchorage's five golf courses, which have tee times at almost any hour of the day to take advantage of the Midnight Sun when the season is right.

Population: 279,671
Location: At the end of Cook Inlet in southcentral Alaska
Annual Precipitation: 15.2 inches
July Averages: Temperature 58.1°F; precipitation 1.9 inches

VISITOR INFORMATION

The Log Cabin Visitor Information Center
Phone: (907) 276-4118
Address: On the corner of 4th Avenue and F Street has a helpful staff and free maps and lodging information.
Websites: http://www.anchorage.net; http://www.travelalaska.com

The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce
Address: 1016 W Sixth Ave. Ste: 303, Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 272-2401, Fax: (907) 272-4117
Website: http://www.anchoragechamber.org/
Email: [email protected]

NEWSPAPER

Anchorage Daily News
Address: 1001 Northway Dr., Anchorage, AK 99508
Phone: (907) 257-4200
Website: http://www.adn.com

LODGING

Anchorage International Hostel
Address: 700 H Street, Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 276-3635
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.anchorageinternationalhostel.org/
Price: Dormitory beds cost $25/night. Private rooms, when available, start at $65 per night. This is a very popular place among travelers on their way to canneries on the Kenai or visiting Denali, so make your summer reservations at least one month in advance. Only one block from the city bus terminal.

Anchorage Guest House
Address: 2001 Hillside Dr., Anchorage, AK 99517
Phone: (907) 274-0408
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.alaska.net/~house/
Price: $25/night for a hostel bunk. Rooms are $74/night. Rates include continental breakfast, tax, linens, blankets and towels! Price for hostel room does not include continental breakfast, add $3 per person for this.
Other: Bike rentals for $2.50/hr or $20/day. Internet access for $2.00 for 15 minutes. No alcohol allowed.

Spenard Hostel
Address: 2845 W. 42nd Place, Anchorage, AK 99517
Phone: (907) 274-0408
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.alaskahostel.org/
Price: $16/night ($17/night if you pay by credit card). This hostel is excempt from the city bed tax.
Other: Located close to the airport and on the bus line to downtown. High speed internet access available 24 hours per day for $1 for 10 minutes. Bike rentals are $10/day.

Anchorage B&Bs - (listing of member B&Bs)
Address: Box 242623, Anchorage, AK 99524
Phone: (907) 272-5909 -or-(888) 584-5147 ph
Website: http://www.anchorage-bnb.com/
Price: See Website for rates at various B&Bs.

Anchorage Hilton
Address: 500 W 3rd Ave., Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 272-7411 / (800) 245-2527
Website: http://www.hilton.com/
Price: See website for rates.

Anchorage Marriott Downtown
Address: 820 W 7th Ave. Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 279-8000 / (800) 228-9290
Website: http://www.marriott.com/
Price: See website for rates.

Anchorage Westmark Hotel
Address: 720 5th Ave., Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 276-7676 / (800) 544-0970
Website: http://www.westmarkhotels.com/
Price: See website for rates.

Springhill Suites by Marriott
Address: 3401 A St., Anchorage, AK 99503
Phone: (907) 562-3247 / (888)287-9400
Website: http://www.marriott.com/springhill-suites/
Price: See website for rates.

Anchorage Hotel
Address: 330 E St., Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 272-4553 / (800) 554-0988
Website: http://www.historicanchoragehotel.com
Price: See website for rates.

Comfort Inn Ship Creek
Address: 111Ship Creek Ave., Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 277-6887 / (800) 424-6423
Website: http://www.comfortinn.com/
Price: See website for rates.

Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites
Address: 1200 L St., Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 276-0110 / (800) 544-0786
Website: http://www.inlettower.com/
Price: See website for rates.

Sheraton Anchorage
Address: 401 E 6th Ave., Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 276-8700 / (800) 325-3535
Website: http://www.sheraton.com/
Price: See website for rates.

Hotel Captain Cook
Address: 4th Ave & K St., Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 276-6000 / (800) 843-1950
Website: http://www.captaincook.com/
Price: See website for rates.

Extended Stay Deluxe Anchorage - Downtown
Address: 108 E 8th Ave., Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 868-1605
Website: http://www.extendedstay.com/
Price: See website for rates.

Voyager Hotel
Address: 501 K St., Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 277-9501 / (800) 247-9070
Website: http://www.voyagerhotel.com/
Price: $99 - $189 depending on season.

Copper Whale Inn
Address: 440 K St., Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 258-7999
Website: http://www.copperwhale.com/
Price: Summer- $185-210; Winter- $85-110; Shoulder- $135-160.

Oscar Gill House
Address: 1344 W 10th Ave., Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 279-1344
Website: http://www.oscargill.com/
Price: $95 - $115 depending on season & room.

Dimond Center Hotel
Address: 700 E Dimond Blvd., South Anchorage, AK 99515
Phone: (907) 770-5000 / (800) 770-5002
Website: http://www.dimondcenterhotel.com/
Price: See website for rates.

Hampton Inn
Address: 4301 Credit Union Dr., Midtown, AK 99503
Phone: (907) 550-7000 / (800) 426-7866
Website: http://www.stonebridgecompanies.com/
Price: See website for rates.

The Hotel Alyeska
Address: 1000 Arlberg Rd., Box 249, Girdwood, AK 99587
Phone: (907) 754-1111 / (800) 880-3880
Website: http://www.alyeskaresort.com/
Price: See website for rates.

Millennium Anchorage Hotel
Address: 4800 Spenard Rd., Midtown, AK 99517
Phone: (907) 243-2300 / (800) 544-0553
Website: http://www.millennium-hotels.com/anchorage
Price: See website for rates.

Mahogany Manor B&B
Address: 204 E 15th Ave., Midtown, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 278-1111 / (888) 777-0346
Website: http://www.mahoganymanor.com/
Price: See website for rates.

15 Chandeliers Bed & Breakfast
Address: 14020 Savine St., Hillside, AK 99516
Phone: (907) 345-3032
Website: http://www.alaska.net/~chndlr15/index.htm
Price: $90 - $150 depending on season & room.

Courtyard by Marriott
Address: 4901 Spenard Rd., Midtown, AK 99517
Phone: (907) 245-0322 / (877) 729-0197
Website: http://www.marriott.com/
Price: See website for rates.

Long House Alaskan Hotel
Address: 4335 Wisconsin St., Midtown, AK 99517
Phone: (907) 243-2133 / (800) 243-2133
Website: http://www.longhousehotel.com/
Price: See website for rates.

Parkwood Inn
Address: 4455 Juneau St., South Anchorage, AK 99503
Phone: (907) 563-3590 / (800) 478-3590
Price: See website for rates.

The Carriage House
Address: Mile 0.2, Crow Creek Rd., Girdwood, AK 99587
Phone: (907) 783-9464 / (888) 961-9464
Website: http://www.thecarriagehousebandb.com/
Price: $95- $195 + tax, depending on season.

Merrill Field Inn
Address: 420 Sitka St., East Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 276-4547 / (800) 898-4547
Website: http://www.merrillfieldinn.com/
Price: $74.48 - $162.40, Sep. 15 - May 14; AAA & AARP members get discounted rates.

Camai Bed & Breakfast
Address: 3838 Westminster Way, East Anchorage, AK 99508
Phone: (907) 333-2219 / (800) 659-8763
Website: http://www.camaibnb.com/
Price: Summer: $149/night + bed tax; Winter: $75/night + bed tax.

Qupqugiaq Inn
Address: 640 W 36th Ave., Midtown, AK 99503
Phone: (907) 563-5633
Website: http://www.qupq.com/
Price: See website for seasonal prices.

QUICK ANCHORAGE FACT - Ninety-five per cent of Alaska's imports come through Anchorage, bringing with them some of the most diverse populations in Alaska.

ANCHORAGE CAMPING

Bird Creek Campground
Address: 20 miles south of Anchorage at Mile 101 on Seward Hwy.
Phone: (907) 345-5014

Centennial Park
Address: 8300 Glenn Hwy (Off Muldoon Rd. & Boundary Ave.), Anchorage
Phone: (907) 343-6986 / Phone: (907) 343-6992 (off season)
Website: http://www.muni.org/parks/camping.cfm

Creekwood Inn
Address: 2150 Seward Hwy., Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 258-6006 / (800) 478-6008
Website: http://www.creekwoodinn-alaska.com/

Eagle River Campground
Address: 12 miles north of Anchorage of Hiland Road exit.
Phone: (907) 694-7982
Rates: $15/night.

Eklutna Lake Campground
Address: 45 minutes north of Anchorage
Phone: (907) 345-5014
Rates: $10/night.

Ship Creek Landing
Address: In the downtown industrial area, Anchorage
Phone: (907) 277-0877 / (888) 778-7700
Rates: $45/night (peak season) / $35/night (off season).

ANCHORAGE RESTAURANTS

Glacier BrewHouse
Address: 737 W 5th Ave., Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 274-2739
Website: http://www.glacierbrewhouse.com/

Snow Goose Restaurant
Address: 717 W 3rd Ave., Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 277-7727
Website: http://www.alaskabeers.com/

F Street Station
Address: 325 F St., Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 272-5196

Arctic Roadrunner
Address: 2477 Arctic Blvd., Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 279-7311

Downtown Deli
Address: 525 W 4th Ave., Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 276-7116

Sacks Cafe
Address: 328 G St., Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 276-3546 / Phone: (907) 274-4022
Website: http://www.sackscafe.com/

Sweet Basil Cafe
Address: 335 E St., Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 274-0070

Crow's Nest Restaurant
Address: Hotel Captain Cook, 20th floor; 5th Ave & K St., Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 343-2217

Corsair Restaurant
Address: 944 W 5th Ave., Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 278-4502
Website: http://www.corsairrestaurant.com/

The Marx Brothers Cafe
Address: 627 W 3rd Ave., Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 278-2133
Website: http://www.marxcafe.com/

New Sagaya's City Market
Address: 900 W 13th Ave., Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 561-5173 (company), (907) 274-6173 (Store)
Website: http://www.newsagaya.com/

Snow City Cafe
Address: 4th Ave @ L St., Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 272-2489
Website: http://www.snowcitycafe.com/

Orso
Address: 737 W 5th Ave. @ G St., Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 272-9905
Website: http://www.orsoalaska.com/

Kumagoro
Address: 533 W 4th Ave., Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 272-9905

Simon & Seafort's Saloon & Grill
Address: 420 L St. Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 274-3502
Website: http://www.simonandseaforts.com/

Club Paris
Address: 417 W 5th Ave., Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 277-6332
Website: http://www.clubparisrestaurant.com/

Peanut Farm Sports Grill
Address: 5227 Old Seward Hwy. S, Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 563-3283

Gwennie's Old Alaskan Restaurant
Address: 4333 Spenard Rd., Spenard, AK
Phone: (907) 243-2090

The Bake Shop
Address: Alyeska Boardwalk, Girdwood, AK
Phone: (907) 783-2831

Double Musky Inn
Address: Crow Creek Rd., Girdwood, AK
Phone: (907) 783-2822

Twin Dragon Mongolian Bar-B-Q
Address: 612 E 15th Ave., Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 276-7535

Charlie's Bakery & Dim Sum
Address: 2729 C St., Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 677-7777

Fu Do
Address: 2600 E Tudor Rd., Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 561-6610

Seven Glaciers
Address: Hotel Alyeska, 1000 Arlberg Rd., Girdwood, AK
Phone: (907)754-2237
Website: http://www.alyeskaresort.com/

Kincaid Grill
Address: 6700 Jewel Lake Rd., South Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 243-0507
Website: http://www.kincaidgrill.com/

Jen's Restaurant
Address: 701 W 36th Ave. @ Arctic Blvd., Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 561-5367
Website: http://www.jensrestaurant.com/

Southside Bistro
Address: 1320 Huffman Park Dr., South Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 348-0088
Website: http://www.southsidebistro.com/

Bombay Deluxe Restaurant
Address: 555 W Northern Lights Blvd., Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 277-1200
Website: http://www.bombaydeluxe.com/

CampoBello Bistro
Address: 601 W 36th Ave., Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 563-2040

Nino's Italian Eatery
Address: 831 36th Ave., Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 336-6466
Website: http://www.ninositalianeatery.com/

Villa Nova
Address: 5121 Arctic Blvd., Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 561-1660

Mexico in Alaska
Address: 7305 Old Seward Hwy., South Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 349-1528

Moose's Tooth Pub & Pizzeria
Address: 3300 Old Seward Hwy., Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 258-2537
Website: http://www.moosestooth.net/index2.htm/

Organic Oasis
Address: 2610 Spenard Rd., Spenard, AK
Phone: (907) 277-7882
Website: http://www.alaska.net/~organicoasis

Middle Way Cafe & Coffee House
Address: 1200 W Northern Lights Blvd., Spenard, AK
Phone: (907) 272-6433

ANCHORAGE NIGHTLIFE

Bernie's Bungalow Lounge
Address: 626 D St., Anchorage, AK
Phone: (970) 276-8808
Comments: Anchorage's favorite martini bar with retro finish and DJ on weekends.

Chilkoot Charlie's
Address: 2435 Spenard Rd., Spenard, AK
Phone: (907) 272-1010
Website: http://www.koots.com/

Club Paris
Address: 417 W 5th Ave., Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 277-6332
Website: http://www.clubparisrestaurant.com/

F Street Station
Address: 325 F St., Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 272-5196

Rumrunners
Address: 501 W 4th Ave., Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 278-4493

Snow Goose Restaurant
Address: 717 W 3rd Ave., Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 277-7727
Website: http://www.alaskabeers.com/

SIGHTSEEING

Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 621 W 6th Ave., Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 263-2900
Website: http://www.alaskapac.org/

Alaska Public Lands Information Center
Address: 605 W 4th Ave. #105, Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 271-2737
Website: http://www.alaskacenters.gov/

Alaska Railroad Depot
Address: 411 W 1st Ave., Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 265-2494
Website: http://www.akrr.com/

Anchorage Museum of History and Art
Address: 121 W 7th Ave., Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 343-4326
Website: http://www.anchoragemuseum.org/

Imaginarium
Address: 737 5th Ave. (in Glacier BrewHouse Mall), Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 276-3179
Website: http://www.imaginarium.org/

Log Cabin Visitor Information Center
Address: 4th Ave. & F St., Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 274-3531
Website: http://www.anchorage.net/

Old City Hall
Address: 524 W 4th Ave., Anchorage, Ak

Oscar Anderson House Museum
Address: 420 M St., Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 274-2336

Resolution Park
Address: 32d Ave. at L St., Anchorage, AK

Ship Creek
Address: Whitney Rd., Anchorage, AK

Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Address: Starts at 2nd Ave and ends 11 miles away at Kincaid Park going around Cook Inlet.

Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum
Address: 4721 Aircraft Dr., West Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 248-5325
Website: http://www.alaskaairmuseum.org/

Alaska Botanical Garden
Address: 4601 Campbell Airstrip Rd., East Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 770-3692
Website: http://www.alaskabg.org/

Alaska Heritage Library and Museum
Address: Wells Fargo Bank, 301 W Northern Lights Blvd., Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 265-2834

Alaska Native Heritage Center
Address: 8800 Heritage Center Dr., East Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 330-8000 / (800) 315-6608
Website: http://www.alaskanative.net/

Potter Marsh
Address: Seward Hwy., South Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 267-2100
Website: http://www.wc.adfg.state.ak.us/index.cfm?adfg=alaska_guide.potter

INTERNET ACCESS

Z.J. Loussac Public Library
Address: 3600 Denali St.
Phone: (907) 343-2975

Dark Horse Coffee
Address: 646 F St., Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 279-0647
Website: http://www.darkhorsecoffee.com/

Kaladi Brothers
Address: 6921 Brayton Dr., Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 344-6510
Website: http://www.kaladi.com/
Other:  Kaladi Brothers has several locations in Anchorage; see website for information.

FISH AND GAME

Fish & Game Department
Address: 333 Raspberry Rd., Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 267-2100
Website: http://www.adfg.state.ak.us/

FOREST SERVICE

State & Private Forest Service
Address: 3301 C St., Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 743-9455
Website: http://www.fs.fed.us/

TRANSPORTATION

City Bus:

People Mover
Phone: (907) 343-8402
Website: http://www.muni.org/Departments/Transit/Pages/default.aspx

Other Bus service:

Alaska Direct Bus Lines, Inc.
Phone: (907) 277-6652

Alaska-Denali Transit
Phone: (907) 273-3331

Greyline Alaska
Phone: (800) 544-2206
Notes: Has daily service to Valdez.

Homer Stage Line
Phone: (907) 563-0800
Notes: Has service to Homer.

Train Service:

The Alaska Railroad
Phone: (907) 265-2494 or (800) 544-0552
Notes: has daily train service to Seward ($59) and Whittier ($45) as well as Fairbanks, Denali, Girdwood (Alyeska Ski Resort) and a few other destinations.
Website: http://www.akrr.com Email: [email protected]

Taxis:

Yellow Cab
Phone: (907) 222-2222

Checker Cab
Phone: (907) 276-1234

Ferry Terminal:

Alaska Marine Highway System
Address: 605 4th Ave., Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 272-4482 / (800) 642-0066
Website: http://www.ferryalaska.com/

Airport:

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport
Address: 6 miles SE from downtown
Phone: (907) 266-2529
Website: http://www.anchorageairport.com/

HOSPITALS

Alaska Regional Hospital
Address: 2801 DeBarr Rd., East Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 276-1131
Website: http://www.alaskaregional.com/

Providence Alaska Medical Center
Address: 3200 Providence Dr., East Anchorage, AK
Phone: (907) 562-2211
Website: http://www.providence.org/alaska

 

Anchorage is accessible by car via the Alaska Highway (from almost anywhere) as wells as the Glen and Seward Highways from the peninsula. There are plenty of campgrounds and RV parks to stay, both close to downtown attractions and further into the wilderness.

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