When I say I want to visit Alaska, the reaction I mostly get is something along the lines of “Are you f@%king crazy? Why would you want to go there? It’s a cold, dark place with nothing but snow.” And I realize that this is the perception most people have of Alaska but I am here to tell you, Alaska is probably the most beautiful place on earth! Words like Majestic and Untouched comes to mind. Mother Nature’s Showcase for sure! See for yourself:
Alaska is the largest US state (1.7 million square km’s) and known as the 49th state. Its population is at just under 750 000 people. Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska with a population of 300 000 people but strangely not the capital city. She has more than 50 glaciers within her city limits. Moose and bears are a common sight in Anchorage.
How cold is it in Anchorage Alaska? The climate in Anchorage is not nearly as harsh as the rest of Alaska. Average temperatures in summer range from 13 to 26 degrees celsius and -15 to -1 degrees celsius in winter. In summer, Anchorage is blessed with 19 hours of sunshine per day so if you want to explore when nature is in full bloom, this is the best time to go. Winter is the best time to view the Northern Lights and there are loads of winter activities to keep you busy.
Getting around in Anchorage. Even though there is a bus system called the “People Mover”, the best option to get around in Anchorage would be to rent a car. Bike rentals are also available to explore coastal trails. If you want to see more of Alaska than just Anchorage, I suggest you use the Alaska Railroad.
Things to do in Anchorage, Alaska? As you already know, Alaska is all about nature so no surprise there that most activities are outdoors. Summer activities include: hiking one of the peaks in Chugach State Park, four wheeling in backcountry, fly fishing in the Alaskan wilderness, glacier and wildlife cruises around Kenai Fjords National Park, kayaking & canoeing (this can be done on your own or guided), wild life viewing (this can be done year round) and visiting some of the many museums and cultural & heritage centers. Winter activities include snowmobiling, dog sledding, skiing, ice climbing, snowshoeing and viewing the northern lights.
Hungry yet? With all those outdoor activities, one is sure to get very hungry! Who am I kidding? I am always hungry! So what can I expect to eat in Anchorage? Seafood, loads, and loads of fresh, amazing seafood! Also, reindeer sausage… found at a reindeer sausage cart or food truck around Anchorage. Other than that, Anchorage offers a wide variety of international cuisine. Anchorage has more espresso shacks than Los Angeles has Starbucks. Good beer is not hard to find as Anchorage is the home to many fantastic local breweries.
Alaska has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember and one day I will see it with my own eyes. Until then… stay beautiful, Alaska!
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