Anchorage & Southcentral Region
Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage, is a popular visitor destination. Luxury hotels, fine cuisine and shopping are only minutes from state parks, and many historical sites. The view of the Chugach Mountains, Southcentral Alaska’s primary mountain range, greets visitors to Anchorage. Anchorage’s top two attractions are the Alaska Native Heritage Center and the Anchorage Museum. Outdoors enthusiasts can access dozens of trails from the Glen Alps and Prospect Heights entrances.
Southcentral Alaska has a variety of landscapes and climate zones. The region includes everything from coastal forests to mountain ranges, so while it might be relatively mild along the coast, there may be snow in the higher mountain passes.
From the serene waters of Cook Inlet to the exceptional natural wonders of the Chugach, Anchorage encompasses incredible adventures and metropolitan appeals that are larger than life. With 1,500 moose, incredible national parks and 60 glaciers nearby, it's a dream destination and the perfect gateway to explore the rest of the Country.
Paved highways accessible from Anchorage connect to places like Fairbanks, Valdez, the Kenai Peninsula, Denali National Park and Preserve and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. The Alaska Railroad’s main passenger depot is located in Anchorage as well and runs from Seward to Fairbanks.
The Kenai Fjords offer both rugged and untouched wilderness as well as reminders of the ice age with vast expanses of ice and the marine life abundant in this environment.
When to visit
Temperatures in Southcentral sometimes make it to 70°F during the summer, but generally plan on temperatures in the mid-60s during the day and 50s at night. Winter temperatures can sometimes snap to below 0°F for a few days or weeks, but wintertime highs are often in the 20s. Bring light layers and raingear for summer and a warm jacket for winter.
On the longest day of the year, the sun sets in Anchorage – Alaska’s largest city – at 11:42pm and rises five hours later. Winter solstice brings 5.5 hours of daylight, while moonlight lights up the snowy landscapes.