If the final frontier of Alaska is calling your name, one of the best places to visit is the bustling city of Anchorage. The largest city in Alaska, Anchorage was officially founded in 1914 and has continued to grow ever since. Known as “The City of Lights and Flowers”, the summer months are welcomed and decorated with wildflowers and perennials and the entire city turns into a canvas. Anchorage is a town made up of resilient individuals who love the beautiful world around them. The city is nestled in between Chugach State Park and the waterways of Knik Arm and Turnagain Arm, and provides locals and visitors alike unparalleled beauty very close to home.
If you don’t want to drive the Anchorage RV rental around town, you can jump on the Anchorage People Mover bus system. There are 13 bus routes that can take you throughout the Anchorage metropolitan area. This is particularly helpful if you’re visiting in winter and you aren’t completely confident with potentially driving in snow and ice.
Anchorage is the perfect destination for wilderness lovers. After you book an RV in Anchorage, AK, you’ll be able to park your RV and explore Anchorage. Or, you can take your Anchorage RV rental through the beautiful Alaskan wilderness and take full advantage of the untamed beauty of this great frontier.
The Great Outdoors
The area around Anchorage is rich in wilderness. Located on the eastern edge of the city, the Far North Bicentennial Park is home to several walking trails, lakes, and even part of the Alaska Botanical Gardens. At 4,000 acres, the park is a great way to spend part of your day and get a taste of what awaits you in the rest of Alaska.
On the eastern border of Anchorage is the Chugach State Park. At almost half a million acres, the park has more than 280 miles of trails, many of which lead to a jewel in the Chugach State Park. You can head to the Thunder Bird Falls and see the 200-foot waterfall, you can hike on a portion of the historic Iditarod track, and if you have mountaineering experience, you can head up Flattop Mountain Trail and head up the most climbed mountain in Alaska. The park connects to the massive 700,000-acre Chugach National Forest to the south. If the list of what you want to see keeps growing, you can try your luck at one of the no-reservation campgrounds and spend the night so you can continue your adventure the next day.
If you’re willing to travel from Anchorage for an overnight trip, you can take your Anchorage RV rental-by-owner to the absolutely breathtaking Denali National Park and Preserve. If you’re traveling in the summer, you can take a wilderness tour from the comfort of a tour bus. If you want to get the blood pumping, you can explore the trails or even jump on a guided tour of the area that may even take you off of the beaten path. There are several campsites around, so you can hook up the Anchorage camper rental and enjoy your time away from the big city. Appreciate the views of the bright wildflowers, stark mountain peaks, and crystal glacial melt-waters for as long as you want.
Once you rent an RV in Anchorage and are ready to set up a home base, there are several options from which to choose. One popular locale is the Golden Nugget RV Park. Open year-round and located near downtown Anchorage, you can enjoy electrical hookups, WiFi, BBQ pits, and an on-site laundromat. Another popular location is the Ship Creek RV Park. Situated along Ship Creek, you can enjoy the relaxing view of the moving water. In addition to the lovely views, there are full electrical hookups, laundry facilities, and showers available to the visitors.
The Creekwood Inn is an RV park that also has a motel on-site. You can enjoy showers, WiFi, BBQ areas and cable. There are several other parks around, including the Midtown RV and Camper Park, where you can set up the Anchorage camper rental and explore southern-central Alaska.
Exploring the City
When you decide you want to check out the city life in Anchorage, there are several memorable options from which to choose. If you’re looking for something unique to the area, the quintessential Alaskan outing is whale watching. On one of these tours, you are likely to see puffins, otters, seals, and maybe even some humpback whales, orcas, belugas, and bowhead whales. These wilderness tours also offer the perfect vantage point to see many of the picturesque glaciers and fjords in the region. If you’re able to get on one of the tours that goes to the humbling six-mile long Portage Glacier, it is well worth the time. The glacier is receding at an alarming rate, so it is worth a visit to see it in its grandeur while you still can.
If you are intrigued by the wildlife of Alaska and want to get up close and personal, the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is the place to go. The Center serves to rehabilitate individual animals with the hope of releasing them back into the wild. You can see bison, bears, foxes, elk, wolves, and so much more. You can take a guided, behind the scenes tour of the facility or meander through the different viewing platforms of the various animal enclosures.
About 45 minutes northeast of Anchorage, in Palmer, there’s usually something going on at the Alaska State Fairgrounds. Home of the Alaska State Fair, held at the end of August every year, the fairgrounds also hosts various concerts, sporting events, shows and celebrations year round.
When you book an RV in Anchorage, be sure to treat yourself to some local salmon, reindeer steaks, fresh crab, or some fresh berries.
Anchorage, AK is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.
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