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Why Fly to Anchorage?
As Alaska's largest city, Anchorage is the state's cultural and commercial center. The city rests on a beautiful strip of coastal lowlands that extend upward to the slopes of the majestic Chugach Mountains. Because of its rural location, the urban area has its share of wildlife, including black bears, brown bears, moose, wolves, beavers and mountain goats. It's not uncommon for travelers to spot whales swimming in the waters of the Turnagain Arm while driving down Seward Highway, one of Alaska's main state highways. Downtown Anchorage serves as the city's historic center and features a number of family-friendly tourist attractions. The bustling district is also home to the city's vibrant arts scene, which includes a large performance complex. There are also two downtown convention centers, which are used for such major events as concerts, trade shows and conventions. There are a number of cultural sites downtown as well, including the Anchorage Museum, which highlights Alaskan history and art. Downtown is also the prime location for travelers to search for luxury Anchorage hotels and mid-range accommodations. Of course, no trip to Anchorage would be complete without an outdoor excursion. From the city's dozens of parks to the nearby Chugach State Park, there is no shortage of green areas for visitors to discover. Plus, there are ample slopes near town that make for convenient ski and snowboard destinations. You can compare flight deals to Anchorage using Travelzoo's SuperSearch.
Which Airlines Fly to Anchorage?
The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) serves the Anchorage area. The facility is a hub for Alaska Airlines. East coasters can search for cheap airfare from Newark and Philadelphia on Continental and US Airways. Meanwhile, Midwesterners can compare plane ticket prices from Chicago, Minneapolis and Detroit on American Airlines, Continental, Delta and Sun Country Airlines. Westerners have plenty of options. They can buy flights from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Denver, Salt Lake City, Portland and Seattle on Alaska Airlines, Continental, Delta, Frontier Airlines, Omni Air International and US Airways.
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To find cheap flights to Anchorage plan your trip for the late fall or early spring.
Quick Travel Guide to Anchorage
Begin your trip to Anchorage by learning about the local history. Tourists can visit downtown's Anchorage Museum to view more than 1,000 artifacts that are representative of Alaskan culture. From here, you can take a free shuttle to Alaska Native Heritage Center, which is located several miles northeast of the city center. Various indigenous cultures are represented at this museum, which also houses a large stage that frequently hosts native dance performances and concerts. Outside the center, follow a short trail to see other displays that showcase the native way of life.
Head back downtown and patron the Imaginarium Discovery Center. This kid-friendly institution, which is part of the Anchorage Museum, is the only hands-on science museum of its kind in the state. The center features more than 80 exhibits, including earthquake and aurora simulators. There is also a planetarium on-site as well. For another family-oriented outing, head to the Anchorage Zoo. Located 20 minutes from downtown, the small facility boasts a variety of wildlife, many native to the state.
To take in some of Anchorage's natural scenery, drive east of the Midtown neighborhood to the Alaska Botanical Garden. The 110-acre facility consists mainly of spruce and birch forest as well as more than 1,000 species of perennials. There is also a fragrant herb garden, a rock garden, a wildflower display and one-mile nature trail. Native wildlife is frequently seen within the park, so keep your eyes peeled for a moose.
For more examples of the native wildlife, and for a scenic adventure, drive 40 miles south on Seward Highway to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. The 170-acre institution is a refuge for injured and orphaned wildlife. The center is home to deer, caribou, large cats, elk, moose, bears, foxes and coyote, among other animals. Visitors can drive through the park to get an up-close view of the animal's habitats.
As for food and drink, venture back to downtown Anchorage where you can find a wide selection of culinary options. Seafood is plentiful and is not necessarily expensive. Many mid-range restaurants and bistros serve reasonably priced seafood offerings. Upscale gourmet establishments are plentiful, many of which showcase local ingredients in internationally inspired dishes. Anchorage is also home to a large number of bars, pubs and microbreweries.