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Popular amenities for Anchorage vacation rentals

Stay near Anchorage's top sights

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport50 locals recommend
Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall91 locals recommend
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center185 locals recommend
Chugach State Park9 locals recommend
Kincaid Park197 locals recommend
Hotel Captain Cook17 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Anchorage

  • Total rentals

    3.2K properties

  • Total number of reviews

    150K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    1.8K properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    700 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    10 properties have a pool

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    1.6K properties have a dedicated workspace

Your guide to Anchorage

All About Anchorage

Set at the base of the towering, snow-covered Chugach Mountains on the edge of Chugach State Park, Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska and provides easy access to the state’s magnificent wilderness. Anchorage offers visitors the best of both worlds, as you can easily spend half a day hiking through pristine forests on one of the nearby mountain trails and be back in time for dinner at one of the downtown restaurants, where you can enjoy local delicacies like king salmon or reindeer sausage.

Along the coast, the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail is a great way to see some of this epic landscape without traveling too far out of Anchorage, or you can head out on a kayak or paddleboard to check out Campbell Creek or the Little Susitna River.

Anchorage is home to fascinating museums like the Anchorage Museum and the Alaska Native Heritage Center, where you can learn more about the history of Alaska and the culture of the Indigenous peoples who have resided in the region for thousands of years. You’ll also find a number of microbreweries and bars, many of which offer live music. If you’re hoping to explore more of Alaska, Anchorage is an excellent jumping-off point for other destinations in the state, and it’s easy to catch a train to Denali, Fairbanks, or Seward.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Anchorage

Alaska is a land of extremes. Winters can be brutally cold, with very short days; however, this is an ideal time to stay in a vacation rental and indulge in Anchorage’s outdoor activities, including snowmobiling, skiing, and snowshoeing. In early March, the city hosts the Alaska State Snow Sculpture Championship, when artists from around the world attempt to create artistic masterpieces from blocks of packed snow. Springs start to warm up a bit, making it easier to get out and explore Chugach National Park. By June, the days are long for exploring, with 22 hours of daylight at the summer solstice, and the weather is quite warm — you’ll need nothing but a light sweater for walking around outside.

The city also hosts events throughout the year. In June, you can attend a jazz festival, while September brings the Alaska State Fair, complete with live music, carnival rides, and a giant cabbage weigh-off. By October, the crowds start to thin out and the days get shorter, but this is a lovely time to get out in the parks and see the trees explode into a sea of colors.

Top things to do in Anchorage

Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

This 11-mile coastline trail gives you a taste of spectacular Alaskan landscape without leaving the city. The route begins at the Oscar Anderson House Museum, built in 1915 and the oldest-surviving home in Anchorage, and passes through Earthquake Park, where you can find information on the 1964 earthquake that devastated the city. The trail also allows you to view the city skyline, the Chugach Mountains, and Denali. If you are lucky, you may spot moose on the trail or beluga whales off the coast.

Alaska Native Heritage Center

The Alaska Native Heritage Center sits on 26 acres just east of the city. You can walk around Lake Tiulana and learn about the history and heritage of the 11 indigenous cultures of Alaska. Visit authentic Native dwellings around the lake and take in the traditions of these peoples through dancing, games, storytelling, and artists’ demonstrations. There’s a gift shop featuring work from Native artists.

Alaska Railway

This historic railway line connects Fairbanks to Seward, stretching across 470 miles of the Alaskan wilderness. The train to Denali National Park and Preserve crosses a 1,000-foot steel arch bridge over Hurricane Gulch and the historic Susitna River, popular with sport fishers.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Anchorage?

    Anchorage experiences cold winters and mild summers. Winter temperatures range from -15°C to 1°C (5°F to 34°F) with ample snowfall, perfect for winter sports. Summer temperatures typically range from 13°C to 26°C (55°F to 79°F), perfect for outdoor adventures.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Anchorage?

    Anchorage provides a variety of activities to enjoy, such as hiking in Kincaid Park, biking along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, or exploring the Anchorage Museum. Observing marine life at the Alaska SeaLife Center and wildlife spotting at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center are also popular activities.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Anchorage?

    Summer, from June to August, is the most frequented time to visit Anchorage due to mild weather and long daylight hours. During this time, the city hosts events like the Anchorage Market and Festival, and the Summer Solstice Festival.

  • What are the best places to stay in Anchorage?

    Downtown Anchorage is a vibrant area with access to many local attractions, eateries, and shops. Midtown Anchorage is another popular area due to its central location and proximity to the airport. Spenard, known for its diverse dining scene and art hub, is also a choice place to stay.

  • What are the best places to visit in Anchorage?

    Explore the Anchorage Museum, where art, history, and science intertwine. Discover the wonders of Alaskan native cultures at the Alaska Native Heritage Center or take a journey into the wild at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Walk along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail to enjoy the scenic beauty.

  • What are some hiking trails in Anchorage?

    Flattop Mountain Trail, located in Chugach State Park, is well-trodden by locals. Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, a scenic 11 mile (17 km) trail, offers views of the surrounding mountains and ocean. For a family-friendly trail, consider the Rendezvous Peak Trail at Arctic Valley.

  • What are some family activities to do in Anchorage?

    In Anchorage, you can explore family-friendly activities such as a visit to the Alaska Zoo, where children can learn about native wildlife. You could also venture on a hike at the scenic Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, suitable for all ages. Additionally, the Imaginarium Discovery Center is a hands-on science center that promotes learning through play. Remember, Anchorage has warm summers of around 65°F (18°C), but winters can be very cold and snowy, providing opportunities for winter activities like sledding and ice skating.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Anchorage?

    Consider a day trip to the Kenai Fjords National Park for glacier viewing and wildlife spotting, about 160 km from Anchorage. Another option is Hope, a historic gold-mining town, located around 137 km away. For a closer trip, the Chugach State Park, just on the outskirts of Anchorage, provides picturesque hiking opportunities.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Anchorage?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 1,550 vacation rentals in Anchorage featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Anchorage?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Anchorage. Choose from more than 700 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

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