For visitors to Alaska and local Alaskans alike, Anchorage is much more than just your gateway to the Last Frontier. It's a thriving urban center home to more than a quarter of a million people, and as such, it has all the dining, shopping, entertainment and other cosmopolitan highlights one would expect from a city that size. However, Anchorage, Alaska's largest city, also offers adventurers the opportunity to step into a myriad of wilderness experiences without ever leaving town.
Depending on the season, you can hike, bike or ski to incredible vistas, take in a concert or museum tour, wet a line for salmon or resident species such as trout or char, and then enjoy dinner at a five-star restaurant—all in the same day. For those with an itch to venture farther afield, day-trip options abound, from flightseeing Denali to fishing fly-outs that will land you on remote rivers and lakes. A short drive north on the Glenn and Parks highways puts you within casting range of dozens of streams and even more lakes, while winding south along the Seward Highway, traversing stunning Turnagain Arm, opens up manifold more angling options.
In Anchorage, combining the incentives of a luxury vacation with all the thrills of a true angling adventure is perfectly easy. Mix in all the sightseeing and cultural activities the area offers and you have the family trip of a lifetime.
Begin your tour with the articles and highlights in the links on this page, and then get to planning. You'll soon realize it's wise to include a few days in Anchorage when planning any Alaska trip.