Travel to Alaska nearly always brings the traveler to Anchorage - it might be the starting point of your vacation - or the end of it - but pretty much everyone gets to Anchorage at one point during their journey. Southbound Alaska cruises begin by flying into the airport at Anchorage. Often, your cruise line transfers pick you up at the airport and whisk you down to your cruise departure point - either Seward or Whittier - with barely a glimpse of Anchorage. Same is true with northbound cruises - once you reach Seward or Whittier, you're taken by bus or rail to Anchorage and off to the airport for your return flight.

If you are fortunate to have the time to extend your cruise, you'll explore the interior of Alaska in one of several ways. Cruise lines offer "Cruise Tours" (either before or after your cruise) giving you a variety of days to explore Anchorage, Denali, Fairbanks and beyond.  The Alaska Railroad also offers a wonderful collection of packages for your pre- or post-cruise. Lastly, one of our favorite ways to explore Alaska is self-guided. Pick up a rental car, explore the Kenai Peninsula - spend time in Anchorage or Denali - on your schedule.  Rosie Moments Travel is an expert in custom Alaska travel and can help you plan the adventure of a lifetime.

Spending some time in Anchorage is worthwhile -  stroll to Ship Creek during salmon season and watch the local fishermen in their waders catch their dinner. Each summer, Anchorage comes alive with big, bright flowers that paint the landscape in bold hues. The city plants 461 flowerbeds and with all that daylight, the flowers are stunning.  Did you know that more than 1600 moose living within the Anchorage city limits?

And shopping! Pick up an ULU knife at the ULU knife factory, stop by Alaska Wildberry Products for yummy berry treats and bring the taste of Alaska home to your family.

Visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center Museum for an understanding of Alaska's first people. Depending on the time of your visit, you'll witness native carving demonstrations or see Alaska Native dancing. Outside the center, you'll stroll through six authentic life-sized native dwellings to view the traditional ways of life of the Alaska Native.

Anchorage has much to offer - and we can help you plan your adventure. Call us at 586-596-9400 for more information. 

 Interesting Facts about Anchorage

Population
277,000. Anchorage is Alaska's largest city with 42 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
Anchorage stretches from Portage Glacier to Eklutna, encompassing 1,961 sq. miles (507,923 hectares) - about the size of the state of Delaware.

Location
Anchorage sits at the base of the Chugach Mountains along the coast of Cook Inlet in Southcentral Alaska.

Alaska is actually the northern, western and easternmost point in the United States. The Aleutian Chain extends into the Eastern Hemisphere.

Sales Tax
There is no sales tax in Anchorage.

Mountains
You can see the Chugach, Kenai, Talkeetna, Tordrillo, Aleutian and Alaska mountain ranges from Anchorage. Mount McKinley, 130 miles (208 km) north of downtown, can be seen on clear days. This 20,320-foot peak is the tallest mountain in North America.

Earthquake Evidence
The Good Friday Earthquake shook all of Southcentral Alaska on March 27, 1964. It is the strongest ever recorded in North America, measuring 9.2 on the Richter Scale.

Glaciers
There are approximately 100,000 glaciers in Alaska, 60 of which are within 50 miles of Anchorage. Portage Glacier, just 45 miles (72 km) south of downtown, is one of the most visited attractions in all of Alaska.

Aviation
Alaska has about one registered pilot for every 58 residents, six times as many pilots per capita and 14 times as many airplanes per capita as the rest of the United States.

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