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Anchorage Travel Guide

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It's hard to believe that not even a century ago, Alaska's most sophisticated city was simply a collection of tents. Founded in 1914 during the construction of the Alaska Railroad, Anchorage has since blossomed into the Last Frontier's financial and commercial hub and now houses a whopping 40 percent of the state's population. But while you're sure to find all the amenities of a cosmopolitan American city, that's not ... continue»

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When to Visit Anchorage

The best time to visit Anchorage is the summer. You'll find the nicest weather, clear skies and more than 400 flower beds in bloom. The views alone are well worth a trip. But don't expect swimsuit weather; average summer temperatures stop climbing at 65 degrees. For bearable temperatures and fewer crowds, consider visiting during the pleasant (albeit brief) spring or fall. If you can brave the cold, wintering in Anchorage isn't so bad. Winter sports opportunities here are phenomenal, and you'll surely see the Northern Lights.

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Getting Around Anchorage

The best ways to get around Anchorage are by foot or car. You'll find that the compact downtown area is easy to navigate without wheels. However, if you plan to explore the outskirts or to get out of town altogether, a rental car is your best bet. The city operates a public bus system known as the People Mover, but buses only come about once every half hour. To reach downtown from the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC), consider taking a taxi to avoid inflated fees at the airport car rental agencies. Cab fares from the airport to downtown Anchorage generally cost between $20 and $30. Some hotels also offer free shuttle service to and from the airport, so check ahead with your concierge.

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