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With over 40 percent of the state's total population in Anchorage, Alaska, the municipality is the largest in this state lovingly called "The Last Frontier." Anchorage vacation rentals bring visitors to the rugged majesty of this amazing place and give them insight into what it's like to live here.
Things to Do
Anchorage beckons to the brave outdoor enthusiasts who are looking for unique, rustic experiences, but it also provides a number of cultural activities that give visitors a greater appreciation for the land and its inhabitants. Off-roading, dog sledding, hiking among Alpine meadows, hunting, and fishing are large draws in this breathtaking area. Guests often exhibit the giddy excitement of a child when whale watching or "flightseeing" on helicopter or small plane tours.
Anchorage is also home to many museums including the Alaska Museum of Science and Nature, the Alaska Native Heritage Center, and the Crow Creek Historic Goldmine in nearby Girdwood. The Anchorage Museum is family-oriented and offers the Imaginarium Discovery Center and the Thomas Planetarium with more than 70 interactive exhibits. Stay in Anchorage vacation rentals near the University of Alaska Anchorage and stroll around the campus, or find a home near Far North Bicentennial Park. Rentals on the south side of town are closer to the airport and provide unbeatable convenience if you’re looking to take advantage of some of the chartered flights available to explore the area in the air.
The Alaska Botanical Gardens concentrate the majesty of local wildlife into one place. Plus, the gardens feature regular special activities for children of all ages. Visitors can also choose to spend a day at the Alaska Zoo or explore the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center about 40 miles outside of town. It is a more rugged experience, and the nonprofit center lets kids learn about bears, moose, eagles, elk, and more fascinating animals of the north.
Unlike many parts of Alaska, Anchorage offers easy travel options as it's a gateway airport for regional service throughout the state. Whether you're spending your entire Alaskan vacation at your Anchorage vacation rental or you're splitting your time amid multiple cities, Anchorage is well-connected to other places through highway and small plane service. Trips on the Alaskan Railroad depart from Anchorage during the summer.
The Chugach Mountains protect Anchorage, so for Alaska, temps here are mild. Summers bring highs in the low 70s with 22 hours of daylight in June. Winter's highs are in the low 20s. Even during December Anchorage has about five and a half hours of daylight.
Not only does Anchorage have a wonderful selection of Alaska Native Art and Made in Anchorage Goods but the state boasts tax-free shopping. For visitors looking for unique gifts, you'll find a variety of Alaskan foods, wood carvings, gold, and more. Check out the Anchorage Museum gift shop and the Sweet Chalet, an artisan chocolate store where the confections are almost too beautiful to eat. There's also the Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall.
In the winter, Anchorage's nightlife is the better part of the day with just over five hours of sunlight. But this limited daylight brings about some of the most exciting nightlife available – the Northern Lights. No glitzy nightclub can compete with the beautiful liquid color of the Aurora Borealis, which you can see from Anchorage. Since viewing conditions aren't always optimal some people rely on an app or a website to tell them when viewing conditions are perfect. For this reason, it's good to remain flexible in your plans if you want to see the Lights. This Alaskan nightlife is something bucket lists are made of.
Special events take place all year long but especially during the summertime. In June, greet the summer with the Downtown Summer Solstice Festival. The event features numerous kids’ activities, from crats to performances. August brings the Big Wild Life Run to Anchorage, attracting runners of all ages and abilities. In late August or early September, play midway games at the Alaska State Fair. During the off season, there’s still plenty to do. The Anchorage Fur Rendezvous is a city-wide winter festival with 80 years of history, and the Iditarod is an exciting event when racers take off from downtown Anchorage.
An Anchorage vacation rental allows you to experience Alaska at its best, from a native's perspective. From walks along wildflower-dotted trails, to exploring its icy blue glaciers, visitors often say Alaska is one of those trips they never forget; its natural beauty becomes etched on their minds and in their hearts.