Anchorage is a thrill-seekers adventure land but has many wonderful attractions for those who have a tamer view of life. It has spectacular scenery, a vibrant Native culture, great accommodations and of course, the ability to lead you to unbelievable wilderness experiences.
Alaska is a huge state, about 1/5 the size of the United States and Anchorage is its largest city, with a population of 277,000. You'll want to have an Anchorage car rental from CRX as the city encompasses a huge area in which to get around – about the size of the state of Delaware.
Looking for an Anchorage car rental from CRX? Then be sure to reserve early. During the tourist season in Alaska renting a car is a popular way to see the state. Make your car rental reservation today. Please note that the agency may have restrictions as to where the rental car may be driven. So it is always advisable to check first if there are any driving restrictions.
Anchorage is a modern city located in the heart of the wilderness. 60 of Alaska's 100,000 glaciers are within 50 miles of Anchorage.
Take your rental car 20 minutes north of downtown Anchorage to the Eagle River Nature Center. It's open all year round and provides lots of child and adult-centered nature programs, back country ski and winter survival workshops and birding programs.
Near downtown Anchorage you'll find the Elmendorf State Hatchery, which provides Chinook salmon and Rainbow trout for Alaska's sport fisheries.
Visit the Musk Ox Farm in Palmer, just north of Anchorage. It has fabulous views of these amazing animals and loads of information about their history.
Great for the family is a visit to the Alaska Zoo in South Anchorage. It's a perfect opportunity to view those animals native to the Arctic and sub-arctic as well to learn more in unique educational programs.
National Parks such as Denali National Park 250 miles north of Anchorage, Lake Clark Nation Park and Katmai National Park all offer excellent opportunities to view different types of bears and other wildlife. Chugach State Park is the third largest park in the U.S. with its nearly ½ million acres. It falls into the foothills just east of Anchorage providing close access to a myriad of outdoor activities.
Many don't know this but in the summer, Anchorage is often called 'the City of Flowers'. The city takes great pride in its many displays of big, bold and colorful blooms. Walk through the downtown gardens or take a floral field trip around town. You're sure to be amazed by the phenomenal colors. Garden lovers frequently refer to Anchorage as being the Hanging Basket Capital of the World. This is because of the many streets lined with hundreds of baskets containing bright gold marigolds and sapphire blue lobelia representing the colors of the Municipality of Anchorage, the State of Alaska and the state flag.
Of course, all selections of food are available in Anchorage but those specialties unique to Alaska are a first choice for many. To be shared with the bears, is a huge source of wild berries that grow in the Alaska wilderness. To name but a few are wild salmonberries, mossberries, lingonberries, blackberries, high bush cranberries, red and black currant and blueberries used in jams, jellies, sauces and syrups.
Cold water seafood forms the core of Alaskan cuisine. The Alaskan King Crab, halibut, and salmon are must-haves for tourists who savor their food. All have their favorite ways to have salmon – barbecued, baked, smoked, cured, as jerky and even sweetened as Indian salmon candy.
Hunters in the group will enjoy the variety of meat from large game animals. Caribou, bear, moose or elk are favorites.