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Anchorage Travel Guide

Situated between the alpine slopes of the Chugach Mountains and tranquil Cook Inlet in South Central Alaska and under the watchful gaze of Mount McKinley, North America's tallest peak, Anchorage is Alaska's largest city with a resident population of more than 280,000. Cool, short and vibrant summers punctuate Anchorage's snowy winters. The departure point of most southbound cruises, Anchorage sits north of the actual departure ports of Seward and Whittier. Most cruise lines will offer transportation from the airport to the port of departure.

In summer, Anchorage is alive with flowers and alit with thousands of lights at night. The downtown area is very popular and often crowded with tourists and those awaiting departure for cruises.

Due to its proximity to active volcanoes, Anchorage is infrequently dusted with volcanic ash. As recently as 1998, Mount Spurr, 78 miles north of Anchorage, erupted and deposited about 3 millimeters of ash on the city.

Anchorage's city limits overlap the Chugach State Park, a wild, alpine region to the city's north. As a result, an urban wildlife population flourishes and visitors from the surrounding wild areas often frequent the city. More than 300 bears live in the area, both black and grizzly, and are often sighted in downtown Anchorage. Dall sheep can often be seen along the Seward highway. The moose population in the area increases in the winter months and often becomes a hazard to drivers.

Anchorage was established in 1914 as a railroad construction port for the Alaska Railroad and quickly became a city of tents. The economy of the area centered around the railroad until the 1930s when air travel and the military became important.

On March 27, 1964, Anchorage was shaken by a massive 9.2 earthquake that lasted 5 minutes and nearly devastated the city. 115 Alaskans were killed and rebuilding the city dominated what was left of the 60s.

Alaska took its place on the map in 1968 when oil was discovered in Prudhoe Bay and the resulting oil boom helped grow Anchorage into the city it is today.

Anchorage is the starting point of the "Last Great Race on Earth," the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. This race commemorates one of the last great frontier epics, The 1925 Serum Run, when nineteen teams of dogs and their drivers delivered a 20 pound cylinder of diphtheria serum to epidemic stricken Nome in 127 and one-half hours through bitter cold and hurricane force winds. Today's race does not follow the actual trail taken by those intrepid mushers of 1925. However, in 2001, a 95 year old pioneer reenacted the actual 674 mile run, symbolically transporting a vial of diphtheria serum, and stopping along the way for an education drive about vaccinations.

ANCHORAGE QUICK STATISTICS

Metro Area Population: 360,000
Annual Precipitation: 16 inches
July Averages: 60; precipitation 1.9 inches

ANCHORAGE 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.

The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce
Address: 1016 W Sixth Ave. Ste: 303
Phone: (907) 272-2401,  Fax: (907) 272-4117

READ UP ON ANCHORAGE

Anchorage Daily News
Address: 1001 Northway Dr. Phone: (907) 257-4200

ANCHORAGE SIGHTSEEING

Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 621 W 6th Ave. Phone: (907) 263-2900

Alaska Public Lands Information Center
Address: 605 W 4th Ave. #105 Phone: (907) 271-2737

Alaska Railroad Depot
Address: 411 W 1st Ave. Phone: (907) 265-2494

Anchorage Museum of History and Art
Address: 121 W 7th Ave. Phone: (907) 343-4326

Imaginarium
Address: 737 5th Ave. (in Glacier BrewHouse Mall) Phone: (907) 276-3179

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

Oscar Anderson House Museum
Address: 420 M St. 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
Starts at 2nd Ave and ends 11miles away at Kincaid Park going around Cook Inlet.

Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum
Address: 4721 Aircraft Dr. Phone: (907) 248-5325

Alaska Botanical Garden
Address: 4601 Campbell Airstrip Rd. Phone: (907) 770-3692

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

Alaska Native Heritage Center
Address: 8800 Heritage Center Dr. Phone: (907) 330-8000 / (800) 315-6608

Potter Marsh
Address: Seward Hwy. Phone: (907) 267-2100

The fjord, Turnagain Arm, just south of Anchorage, has some of the highest tides in the world.

ANCHORAGE HOTELS AND LODGING

Anchorage B&Bs - (listing of member B&Bs)
Phone: (907) 272-5909 or (888) 584-5147

Anchorage Hilton
Address: 500 W 3rd Ave. Phone: (907) 272-7411 / (800) 245-2527

Anchorage Marriott Downtown
Address: 820 W 7th Ave. Phone: (907) 279-8000 / (800) 228-9290

Anchorage Westmark Hotel
Address: 720 5th Ave. Phone: (907) 276-7676 / (800) 544-0970

Springhill Suites by Marriott
Address: 3401 A St. Phone: (907) 562-3247 / (888)287-9400

Anchorage Hotel
Address: 330 E St. Phone: (907) 272-4553 / (800) 554-0988

Comfort Inn Ship Creek
Address: 111Ship Creek Ave. Phone: (907) 277-6887 / (800) 424-6423

Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites
Address: 1200 L St. Phone: (907) 276-0110 / (800) 544-0786

Sheraton Anchorage
Address: 401 E 6th Ave. Phone: (907) 276-8700 / (800) 325-3535

Hotel Captain Cook
Address: 4th Ave & K St. Phone: (907) 276-6000 / (800) 843-1950

Extended Stay Deluxe Anchorage - Downtown
Address: 108 E 8th Ave. Phone: (907) 868-1605

Voyager Hotel
Address: 501 K St. Phone: (907) 277-9501 / (800) 247-9070

Copper Whale Inn
Address: 440 K St. Phone: (907) 258-7999

Oscar Gill House
Address: 1344 W 10th Ave. Phone: (907) 279-1344

Dimond Center Hotel
Address: 700 E Dimond Blvd. Phone: (907) 770-5000 / (800) 770-5002

Hampton Inn
Address: 4301 Credit Union Dr. Phone: (907) 550-7000 / (800) 426-7866

The Hotel Alyeska
Address: 1000 Arlberg Rd., Box 249 Phone: (907) 754-1111 / (800) 880-3880

Millennium Anchorage Hotel
Address: 4800 Spenard Rd. Phone: (907) 243-2300 / (800) 544-0553

Mahogany Manor B&B
Address: 204 E 15th Ave. Phone: (907) 278-1111 / (888) 777-0346

15 Chandeliers Bed & Breakfast
Address: 14020 Savine St. Phone: (907) 345-3032

Courtyard by Marriott
Address: 4901 Spenard Rd. Phone: (907) 245-0322 / (877) 729-0197

Long House Alaskan Hotel
Address: 4335 Wisconsin St. Phone: (907) 243-2133 / (800) 243-2133

Parkwood Inn
Address: 4455 Juneau St. Phone: (907) 563-3590 / (800) 478-3590

The Carriage House
Address: Mile 0.2, Crow Creek Rd. Phone: (907) 783-9464 / (888) 961-9464

Merrill Field Inn
Address: 420 Sitka St. Phone: (907) 276-4547 / (800) 898-4547

Camai Bed & Breakfast
Address: 3838 Westminster Way Phone: (907) 333-2219 / (800) 659-8763

Qupqugiaq Inn
Address: 640 W 36th Ave. Phone: (907) 563-5633

From Anchorage, you can see six mountain ranges - the Chugach, Kenai, Talkeetna, Tordrillo, Aleutian and Alaska mountain ranges.

ANCHORAGE FOOD AND DRINK

Bernie's Bungalow Lounge
Address: 626 D St. Phone: (970) 276-8808

Chilkoot Charlie's
Address: 2435 Spenard Rd. Phone: (907) 272-1010

Club Paris
Address: 417 W 5th Ave. Phone: (907) 277-6332

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

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

Snow Goose Restaurant
Address: 717 W 3rd Ave. Phone: (907) 277-7727

Glacier BrewHouse
Address: 737 W 5th Ave. Phone: (907) 274-2739

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

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

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

Sacks Cafe
Address: 328 G St. Phone: (907) 276-3546 / Phone: (907) 274-4022

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

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

Corsair Restaurant
Address: 944 W 5th Ave. Phone: (907) 278-4502

The Marx Brothers Cafe
Address: 627 W 3rd Ave. Phone: (907) 278-2133

New Sagaya's City Market
Address: 900 W 13th Ave. Phone: (907) 561-5173 (Corp.), (907) 274-6173 (Store)

Snow City Cafe
Address: 4th Ave @ L St. Phone: (907) 272-2489

Orso
Address: 737 W 5th Ave. @ G St. Phone: (907) 272-9905

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

Simon & Seafort's Saloon & Grill
Address: 420 L St. Phone: (907) 274-3502

Club Paris
Address: 417 W 5th Ave. Phone: (907) 277-6332

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Seven Glaciers
Address: Hotel Alyeska, 1000 Arlberg Rd. Phone: (907)754-2237

Kincaid Grill
Address: 6700 Jewel Lake Rd. Phone: (907) 243-0507

Jen's Restaurant
Address: 701 W 36th Ave. @ Arctic Blvd. Phone: (907) 561-5367

Southside Bistro
Address: 1320 Huffman Park Dr. Phone: (907) 348-0088

Bombay Deluxe Restaurant
Address: 555 W Northern Lights Blvd. Phone: (907) 277-1200

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

Nino's Italian Eatery
Address: 831 36th Ave. Phone: (907) 336-6466

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

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

Moose's Tooth Pub & Pizzeria
Address: 3300 Old Seward Hwy. Phone: (907) 258-2537

Organic Oasis
Address: 2610 Spenard Rd. Phone: (907) 277-7882

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

Mount McKinley (20, 320 ft.), the tallest mountain in North America, is 130 miles north.

INTERNET ACCESS

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

Dark Horse Coffee
Address: 646 F St. Phone: (907) 279-0647

Kaladi Brothers
Address: 6921 Brayton Dr. (several locations) Phone: (907) 344-6510

ANCHORAGE TRANSPORTATION

City Bus:

People Mover - Phone: (907) 343-8402

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.

Taxis:

Yellow Cab - Phone: (907) 222-2222
Checker Cab - Phone: (907) 276-1234

ANCHORAGE AIRPORT

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport
Address: 6 miles SE from downtown Phone: (907) 266-2529

FISH AND GAME

Fish & Game Department
Address: 333 Raspberry Rd. Phone: (907) 267-2100

FOREST SERVICE

State & Private Forest Service
Address: 3301 C St. Phone: (907) 743-9455

HOSPITALS

Alaska Regional Hospital
Address: 2801 DeBarr Rd. Phone: (907) 276-1131

Providence Alaska Medical Center
Address: 3200 Providence Dr. Phone: (907) 562-2211

 

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