Anchorage Tourist Information and Tourism

(Anchorage, Alaska - AK, USA)

Anchorage is a major US city located between the Cook Inlet and the Cugach Mountains, in the state of Alaska (AK). Close to the scenic wilderness, Anchorage was founded in the early part of the 20th century and became a major center for oil shipping, gaining much of its wealth from this industry.

Nowadays, Anchorage is an impressive tourism destination and offers all the comforts and attractions of a modern tourist city in America, with an appealing mixture of old and new. With continual investment and an impressive infrastructure, highlights in Anchorage include excellent restaurants, top museums, a small and charming zoo, and the outstanding Alaska Native Heritage Center, celebrating the area's five major native groups.

Home to around 40 percent of Alaska's overall population, more than one million people visit Anchorage every year, enjoying the spectacular mountainous scenery, hiking trails, rural parks, spectacular views and natural beauty of the area. Also, situated close to the city of Anchorage are a number of popular ski resorts, with nearby Girdwood being the base for the Mount Alyeska Ski Resort, which features many winter and summer attractions.

Hotels in Anchorage are often in short supply, particularly during the summer months, when it is essential to reserve Anchorage accommodation in advance. The main lodging areas in Anchorage include the Downtown, Midtown, Eastern and Southern districts, offering many major hotel chains. Further hotels can be found close to Lake Spenard and the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, and also in nearby Girdwood and Wasilla. More information about Anchorage Hotels.

Tourism in Anchorage is now a major industry and the city's main tourist information centers are the Alaska Public Lands Information Center along West 4th Avenue, the Log Cabins Visitors Center on West 4th Avenue, and the NPS Alaska Regional Office on West 5th Avenue. Here you will find brochures, tourism leaflets, information about popular tourist attractions, and helpful staff who will ensure that you get the most out of your stay in the Anchorage area.

Anchorage has a surprising number popular tourist attractions, including the Alaska Native Heritage Center - providing an insight into the lives of the native people of Alaska, including their cultures and traditions; Anchorage's Imaginarium - an impressive interactive scientific exhibition for children and adults; Alaska Zoo - offering visitors to Anchorage a fascinating look at Alaska's stunning native animals and birds; and Eklutna Native Village - creating an insight into the everyday life of the people at the oldest inhabited Athabascan Indian village. More information about Anchorage Tourist Attractions.

Some of the main museums and art galleries in Anchorage include the Anchorage Museum of History and Art - featuring an array of hands-on exhibits on ancient and contemporary art in Alaska; and the Alaska Aviation Museum - a spectacular display celebrating Alaska's aviation history. More information about Anchorage Museums and Art Galleries.

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