June - July 2014
Summer is the perfect time to visit Alaska, and Anchorage is the perfect place to start your adventure!
Set at the base of the Chugach Mountain Range, Anchorage (pop. 260,000) is Alaska's largest and most cosmopolitan city. It boasts a mild climate, friendly people, and one of the best backyards in the world. Local Alaskans and summer visitors alike enjoy the city's many restaurants, museums, art galleries, movie theatres, bookstores, coffee shops, and specialty stores. A system of bike trails connects much of the city, including the UAA campus, the downtown shopping area, and the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.
And just outside the city limits is Alaska. Within easy weekend reach of Anchorage are some of the state's greatest adventures: the foothills and mountains of the 495,000-acre Chugach State Park; Denali National Park, four hours north and home of North America's highest mountain; and the rivers and towns of the Kenai Peninsula.
Best of all, there are 19 hours of daylight a day during the summer months. As Alaskans say, there is plenty of time to sleep... in the winter!
Anchorage is the ideal place for the outdoor enthusiast. There are miles of mountain bike trails and excellent canoeing, kayaking, and camping close to the city. The University of Alaska Anchorage rents equipment at very reasonable prices. Mountain bikes, roller blades, canoes, and kayaks as well as everything that you would need for camping are available by the day, weekend, or week at the UAA Campus Center.
For information about Alaska, please visit the following resources:
- The Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau
- Municipality of Anchorage
- Denali National Park and Reserve
- Alaska Visitors Guide
- Anchorage Daily News: Alaska's largest news daily newspaper
- Anchorage Press: Alaska's largest free weekly publication
Anchorage is served by the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. If you want to drive, the Alaska Highway links Alaska to Canada and the contiguous United States. The Milepost provides comprehensive additional information on the Alaska Highway.