Anchorage is the largest city in the state of Alaska, and is the jumping off point for many of Alaska’s outdoor areas. The Anchorage Museum, Anchorage Aviation Museum, and Alaska Native Heritage Center are popular stops for visitors to the city. The city has a number of parks, such as Elderberry Park, Eagle River Nature Center, and Westchester Lagoon. Nearby Chugach Mountains National Forest brings wilderness close to the city limits. Crow Creek Historic Gold Mine and Alaska Sealife Center are other exciting local attractions.
Visitors fly into Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC). Public transportation is available from the airport into the city, and Anchorage is very bike and pedestrian friendly. RV travel is very popular in the state. A number of shops are located in the downtown area, and many good restaurants lie in the Midtown section of the city. The Spenard neighborhood is of interest to art and book lovers.
High temperatures can range from 60s to the 80s in summer. Winter brings high temperatures in the 20s, but temperatures below zero are possible. June, July and August see up to 21 hours of daylight per day, and The Iditarod Sled Dog Race is held each March, and is a perfect introduction to authentic Alaskan culture.