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Anchorage Vacation Ideas for Planning an Itinerary


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Anchorage Vacation Ideas for Planning an Itinerary

Alaska is a land of rugged beauty and fascinating legend. It is one of those places that simply must be captured on video, so that all may see its natural splendor. Many travelers and cruise passengers take the journey from Seward to Anchorage. This welcoming gateway city is a fantastic base from which to explore the wider region, and we’ve captured the best things to do here in our Anchorage Vacation Travel Guide Video. The footage from this video is sure to inspire an unforgettable Anchorage itinerary. So, sit back, relax and get ready to be taken on a tour of the best sights and attractions of the region.

Ideas of places to visit in Anchorage

Here are some of the most popular places to visit in Anchorage. Whether you’re after the best spots for outdoor recreational activities, or fascinating Alaskan culture, the Anchorage attractions below are sure to help you plan a fabulous travel itinerary. Each point of interest listed below is in order of appearance in our travel guide video, so you can easily refer to the footage and plan your adventure accordingly.


Chugach State Park Anchorage Alaska

Chugach State Park

(1:35 in the video) Chugach State Park  is the perfect playground for all outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you’re after hiking, mountain biking or just a picnic in scenic surrounds, this state park is one to add to the vacation bucket list.


Flattop Mountain

(1:54 in the video) One of the best things to do in the area is explore the trailhead of Flattop Mountain. This fabulous spot in Chugach state park is a great sightseeing spot. You’ll encounter incredible Alaskan fauna and flora as well as spectacular mountain views on these gorgeous trails.


Eklutna Lake Anchorage Alaska USA2

Eklutna Lake

(2:12 in the video) Surrounded by tranquil waterfront campsites and some of the best hiking in the state, Eklutna Lake is a must-visit.  If you’re planning a trip to Anchorage, you can’t miss this stunning attraction.


Girdwood

(2:35 in the video) Girdwood is home to more fabulous attractions and points of interest. In the winter, this town teems with ski bunnies and powder hounds.  If you’re wondering where to stay, the Hotel Alyeska is a great choice.


Crow Creek Mine

(3:00 in the video) Delve into the history of the area at the Crow Creek Mine, a relic of the renowned Alaskan gold rush. The mine remains operational to this day and invites visitors to try their luck and pan for gold in the rushing waters of the creek.


Alaska Native Heritage Centre

(3:24 in the video) Back in town, discover the secrets of Alaska’s proud first peoples at the Alaska Native Heritage Centre. Learn about the 11 cultures that inhabited this untamed landscape before colonization.


Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Centre

(3:42 in the video) Learn more about Alaska’s ancient culture and get other local insights at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Centre. After you’ve had your fill of knowledge, indulge in a hearty meal at one of the nearby restaurants.


Seward

(4:00 in the video) Take the two-hour drive or fly from Anchorage Airport to the fishing outpost of Seward. This destination is a fantastic place to stay for a couple of days, to do some sightseeing and explore the breathtaking natural surrounds.


Kenai Fjords National Park Alaska USA2

Kenai Fjords National Park

(4:22 in the video) Take a boat tour around the Kenai Fjords National Park. If you’re lucky, you’ll encounter sea lions, orca and other deep sea giants as you explore the icy waters.


Inspiration for traveling to Anchorage

Inspired by our Anchorage video? If you’re after a little more travel inspiration to kick start your itinerary, some flawless Anchorage photography should help. Here at Expedia, we spare no expense to accurately capture and depict fabulous destinations from around the world, both in video and still image form. Check out our online gallery of photos from all over the planet.

Browse our YouTube channel to discover more travel videos. We’ve got hundreds of these videos from wonderful destinations across the planet. If you don’t know where to travel to next, it won’t take you long to decide. After all, a journey begins long before you pack your suitcase and head to the airport.

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