Anchorage, Alaska's largest city and main transport hub, lies on the Cook Inlet, named for English naval explorer Captain James Cook, and is overlooked by the 10,000ft peaks of the Chugach Mountains. First settled by Russian fur-trappers, Anchorage was established in the early years of the 20th century as a tented city for workers building the Alaskan Railroad, The discovery of oil at Prudhoe Bay later in the century led to the building of the Trans-Alaska pipeline and enormous growth.
When to visit AnchorageThe period from June to September comprise the favorite months to travel to Anchorage for visitors to experience the great outdoors. Why not book a hotel in Anchorage in February to join in the celebrations of the fur-trapping trade—the Fur Rendezvous—or alternatively find a hotel near Anchorage to enjoy the start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in March? If you wrap up well Anchorage is perhaps not as cold as you might think, with average January temperatures of 13ºF, though summer temperatures rarely exceed 58ºF.
How to get to AnchorageTed Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC), named for a former Alaskan senator, lies seven miles to the southwest of the town and offers a wide selection of airport hotels. The train station lies to the edge of town. Visitors can also arrive via the Glenn and Seward Highways. Various long-distance bus services pass through and the immediate vicinity is served by a mass transit bus system named the People Mover.
Anchorage attractionsAnchorage's top 4-star hotel, the Hotel Captain Cook, is conveniently sited near a number of attractions including the The Imaginarium, an attraction centering on glaciers, local wildlife (including bear and moose), and the Northern Lights, and the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Further afield are Earthquake Park and the Earthquake Center, which tell the history of the1964 earthquake that flattened central Anchorage. Cheap accommodation in Anchorage also exists.
Where to stay in AnchorageThere is plenty of accommodation in Anchorage from inns to hotels with pools and restaurants. Hotels.com offers the widest range of hotels and the best hotel rates in Anchorage.