Anchorage Tourism

The space can really get to you–300,000 people spread out over more than 1500 sq kilometres. It’s really cool and unsettling at once, so keep a local travel guide printed out. At once a city and a county, most of the city’s tourist attractions are Downtown. Vacation and tourism wise, Anchorage is much more outdoorsy than most suspect. It’s home to the country’s more famous biking and hiking trails. The wildlife is diverse and plentiful. The other sightseeing opportunities tend to focus on Alaska’s indigenous heritage. This is prominent in the theme village attraction, and a lovely little native knife factory.

Anchorage also serves as an important hub to travel to Fairbanks, Whittier and Seward.

Fun Fact: Anchorage is within a nine and half hour flight to over 90% of the industrialised world, making it a major flight stop.

Essential travel information and Anchorage tips for your visit

  • Pick up a copy of The Milepost, an excellent guide to Alaskan and western Canadian roads.
  • Be VERY careful driving in winter–roads tend to be damaged, and the drivers tend to be aggressive.
  • Though generally safe, beware of pickpockets.
  • Don’t leave valuables inside of cars.
  • Don’t approach the moose or their kids.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Anchorage

  • Know the pollution level of Anchorage before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 10 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 19.32 (Very Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 42.05 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 39.58 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 5.43 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 19.32 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 11.11 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 7.14 (Very Low)
  • How safe is Anchorage for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Anchorage.

    • Burglary and Theft 58.84 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 50.49 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 60.74 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 37.07 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 57.59 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 71.4 (High)
    • Attacks 51.31 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 82.33 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 58.28 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 32.05 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 55.36 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 31.03 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 70.58 (High)
  • Quality of Life Index of Anchorage is 168.7 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 38.3 (Low)
    • Climate Index 41.61 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 17.23 (Very Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 27.64 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 88.68 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 60.62 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 2.53 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 120.35 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Anchorage

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.15 USD
    • International Movie per seat 12.5 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 39 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 82.56 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 45.75 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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