A symphony of rich native culture, exciting attractions, and dramatic landscapes…

Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage is a popular start and endpoint for visitors with most flights to and from Alaska going through Anchorage. Although it is an urban city, just 20-45 minutes outside of Anchorage you will find pristine hiking and biking trails, glaciers, native Alaskan wildlife, and breathtaking scenery along the Cook Inlet in an area known as the Turnagain Arm.

Things to do 

Learn more about the culture and history of Alaska at the Alaska Native Heritage Center or the state’s largest museum, the Anchorage Museum.  Take a day tour on the scenic Alaska Railroad or go angler fishing at Ship Creek. In Anchorage, the sights and sounds of the city blend with the region’s iconic scenery to create a diverse range of activities to enjoy.

If you enjoying biking, rent a bike from Downtown Bicycle Rental to get around the city. There are also plenty of great biking trails in the area, including the Tony Knowles trail.

More than 1,000 moose call Anchorage home. The best time to catch a glimpse of these iconic creatures is in the early morning or evening. Keep an eye out for newborn calves in mid-May to early June.  You may also catch a glimpse of other wildlife in the surrounding areas of Anchorage, including black and brown bear, lynx, coyote, and fox.

Anchorage is a short drive from the towns of Indian Valley, Girdwood and Portage Valley home to popular sites such as the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, the Alyeska Aerial Tram, Beluga Point, and the Portage Glacier Cruise.

When planning your trip, keep in mind July is the warmest month with temperatures reaching an average of 65°F.

Turnagain Arm Shuttle to Anchorage

Whether you plan to spend a day in Anchorage or stay a while, the Turnagain Arm Shuttle gives visitors access to the many exciting adventures available in and around this vibrant city.

We recommend taking 3 to 5 days to explore Anchorage and the Turnagain Arm area. Our shuttle service picks up visitors at the Anchorage Visitors Center located at 524 W 4th Avenue on the corner of 4th and F Street. Be sure to book your tickets in advance to guarantee you will have a seat.

Be sure to check out our Self-Guided Tours page to plan your next adventure!

Reasons to visit Anchorage Alaska

Dramatic Glaciers

Native Alaskan Wildlife

Alaska Native Cultures and History

National Parks

Alyeska Tram

The Chugach Mountains

Self-Guided Bike Tours

Salmon Fishing

Hiking and Ice Climbing