Bordered by the Cook Inlet and surrounded by mountains, including North America’s tallest peak, Mount McKinley, Anchorage offers wild adventures alongside metropolitan amenities.
With ten Alaska national parks and Alaska state parks, home to many fascinating species, including bear, lynx, Dall sheep and several wolf packs, the region offers excellent opportunities for bird and wildlife watching. Amongst Anchorage’s myriad attractions are whale-watching, wilderness adventures, panoramic mountain ranges, majestic glaciers and numerous hiking trails within easy reach of the city.
With its wide-open spaces, snow-capped mountains, endless forests and sparkling inlets Alaska is the USA’s largest, and least populated, state and its finest wilderness area. The state is also home to North America’s greatest collection of glaciers, glacier viewing is one of Alaska’s top attractions, and those in southcentral Alaska are the most accessible. Glaciers can be viewed from the air, on foot or by sea – the famous Portage Glacier is just a 30-minute cruise from Anchorage. But Anchorage isn’t just stunning scenery, the area teems with wildlife and is well known for its bears.
In the summer months, few sights are as arresting as that of brown (grizzly) bears gorging on salmon swimming up river to spawn. As well as a range of land mammals, including wolf, moose and deer, there is an impressive range of marine life, whales, dolphins, seals and otters can all be seen from land or boat, and more than 470 species of birds, including bald eagles and horned puffins and rare species such as whiskered auklet, bluethroat and bristle-thighed curlew.
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