The cosmopolitan port city of Anchorage has a thriving arts community, an increasingly large nightlife scene, and plenty of ways to enjoy the great outdoors. While you are here, visit the historic sites of the downtown area, take in the beautiful coastal views of West Anchorage, and enjoy the fine dining and shopping throughout Midtown.
Be sure to also make time for some of these must-see attractions and destinations:
-Anchorage Museum of Natural History: Learn more about Alaska at this museum which holds live performances of traditional dance.
-Anchorage Zoo: Observe the animals that are native to this part of the world, including bald eagles and musk oxen.
-Go Skiing: In the winter months, Alyeska Resort is the most popular place for locals to rent skis or snowboards and hit the slopes.
As the biggest city in Alaska, it's no surprise that there are an abundance of major events and festivals held here throughout the year. Watch the street parades and fireworks throughout downtown Anchorage during the Fourth of July celebrations, listen to top Alaskan bands perform at the Alyeska Blueberry Mountain Arts and Music Festival in July, or attend the truly unique event known as the World Championship Sled Dog Race in January.
Get the most out of your time in Anchorage by staying in a vacation rental. Rent a beautiful apartment or condo downtown or book a luxury home with easy access to the hiking and camping options in Anchorage.
If you have some extra time to explore the area, the historic town of Homer and Wasilia can both be reached within 45 minutes by car.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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