This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Anchorage. To help you make friends with Anchorage before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Anchorage 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.
Written by local enthusiast for Anchorage hostelsCarl