There are lots of exciting things to do in Anchorage -- the Anchorage Museum, Zoo, historical walk downtown, ULU factory, walk or bike the coastal trail. Taste some great food at restaurants downtown. Bring warm and cold clothes, and mosquito spray too!
Anchorage hotels tend to double in price on June 1; however the off-season before then and after the US Labor Day weekend can be cold and many attractions don't gear up until June. Fun bike paths and moose in town. B&Bs can be a happy medium between the $$$ hotels and some of the less attractive hostels (~$80 in '05), For rest of state, Denali fills up early so plan ahead for that park if you can. Backcountry camping is usually available. If you bus to Denali, the train back is fun. McCarthy/St. Elias is uncrowded; more difficult to get to w/o a car. Small boat day tour to glaciers in Seward is recommended and easy to get too and a night there is fun.
Anchorage is a world class city. One of my 5 favorite cities in the US.
Anchorage, Alaska's capital, is teaming with life and nature. It's the only real city for quite a long ways and as such is a magnet of arts, shopping, commerce, and all those other city things. Get your errands done, should you need to stock up on anything, before you head out to the Alaskan wilderness, or just indulge in food, drink, and the arts. The city covers a rather large peninsula and sprawls out from the waters of the Cook Inlet to the hometown Chugach State Park. Get outdoors and hike and bike around, there are plenty of trails. Or take the bus, or easily drive.
The people of Anchorage are perhaps a bit reserved, but a certainly a diverse group, each with their own long story -- many aren't from around here. Take the opportunity to visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center, and better acquaint yourself with indigenous Alaska.
There's a selection of hostels in Anchorage. When planning a trip here, consider what you want to do here -- the town is expensive and Anchorage hostels are a fine way to make your trip more affordable. For those wanting to get out in nature, anywhere will do. Though if you're looking to enjoy a bit of the "urban" flair look for something near Midtown (for dining and nightlife) or just Downtown. Anchorage hostels will take care of you well, and are very eager to get you out in nature or off to the the sites -- just let them know what you're into.
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