Anchorage, Alaska

The Basics.

Population: 301,000. Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city with 41 percent of the state’s population.
Time Zone: Anchorage, and virtually all of Alaska, is in Alaska Standard Time, one hour behind Pacific Standard Time and four hours behind Eastern Standard Time.
Size: Anchorages encompassing 1,961 square miles from Portage Glacier to Eklutna – about the size of the state of Delaware
March Temperatures:  You can expect temperatures in the low 30’s during the conference.
Sunlight:  Expect about 13 hours of sunlight a day.
Packing Suggestions:  Packing for a visit to Anchorage can be summed up in one word: layers. The key to comfort in Alaska is layering clothing. If the breeze picks up on a day cruise, you might want a windproof, waterproof coat. Standing atop a glacier in the mountains, you may want a sweater or fleece. Then again, when you stop for lunch on a sun-soaked deck, you’ll want to be able to cool off in short sleeves or thinner materials. Just add or subtract layers as needed. Sunglasses are a good idea too. Casual, comfortable dress is acceptable across Alaska. If you forget something, Anchorage retailers have it.
Visitor Guide:  Would you like more information?  You can order a visitor guide to help you plan your trip.

Come Explore!

Alaksa, Anchorage. Aerial view of the city taken from a helicopter during the summer. Body of water behind is Cook Inlet.

Aerial view of Anchorage during the summer. Body of water behind is Cook Inlet.

From the sparkling waters of Cook Inlet to the tallest peaks of the Chugach Mountains, Anchorage encompasses incredible adventures and metropolitan appeals that are larger than life. With 1,500 moose, incredible national parks nearby and 60 glaciers a short drive away, it’s a dream destination in Alaska. Anchorage is one of National Geographic Traveler’s “Best of the World” destinations for 2017. Only in Anchorage can you meet a moose, walk on a glacier and explore a vast, natural park all in a single day. Between mountains and an inlet, surrounded by national parks and filled with Alaska wildlife, Anchorage combines the best of Alaska in a city that has the comforts of home and the hospitality of the Last Frontier.

Wildlife viewing here is as close as the moose that munch through the city. It means a flight to watch bears fishing by the falls and a day cruise to get up close with whales, puffins and otters. Millions of birds flock to Anchorage on annual migrations, and salmon fill nearby rivers and streams all summer long.

Not sure where to start? Experienced guides and exceptional tours seek out the species on everyone’s “must-see” list. From polar bear tours above the Arctic Circle to sights of wolves and caribou in Denali National Park.  Get closer than you ever thought possible with guaranteed views at the Alaska Zoo or Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

Alaska glaciers are everywhere. Alaska has the nation’s greatest concentration of glaciers; approximately 100,000 of them cover nearly 30,000 square miles. The glaciers near Anchorage are among the most accessible.  Glaciers have shaped the Anchorage area for thousands of years. Visiting one can be the trip of a lifetime, but that doesn’t mean it is difficult. By boat and plane, on foot, behind a team of dogs and even sitting at a first-class restaurant with views of seven nearby glaciers – Anchorage is your window on Alaska’s best glaciers.bear-awcc-wayde-carroll

Spend the day exploring the countless glaciers of Prince William Sound.  Or, float at the face of Portage Glacier just minutes after leaving the dock. Listen for the cracking sound that builds to a rumbling crescendo as ice shears off the face of the glacier and crashes into the water below. Glacier cruises in this part of Alaska range from one hour to a full day.

Watching a glacier calve from the deck of a boat is just one way to get up close with these cobalt giants. Paddle a kayak through glacial lakes and navigate the tiny bergs that dot the surface. Follow hiking trails to the toe of a glacier in one of Southcentral’s state or national parks; whether camping out overnight or just stretching the legs for a few minutes, arctic wonders await.

Hiking in Portage Pass

Hiking in Portage Pass

Strap on crampons, grab an ice axe and go vertical; experienced climbing guides can help even novices climb Alaska’s glaciers. For a truly high-altitude glacier visit, book a helicopter or bush plane flight – several flightseeing companies offer glacier landings inside Denali National Park – and have a summer snowball fight in the shadow of North America’s tallest mountain. Or chopper out to untouched ice fields for snow-filled dog mushing fun under the midnight sun.

Find out so much more at https://www.anchorage.net/.