Anchorage, on the coast of Alaska, is the northernmost major city in the USA. Despite its location, the climate is fairly mild, with pleasant summers and relatively low rainfall. The high latitude means that it stays light past 11 pm in summer, and after dark spectacular displays of the Northern Lights can often be observed.Flights to Anchorage are available from several UK airports. To find a cheap flight, it is best to compare prices online. A flight to Anchorage from Europe usually includes a stopover at an American city.The city and its surroundings have many attractions for visitors, especially those interested in wildlife and the outdoors. Anchorage is the gateway to the great Alaskan wilderness, and there are numerous hiking trails within easy reach, ranging in difficulty from relatively gentle walks to serious mountaineering expeditions. These are a great way to see the best of Alaska's stunning mountain and tundra scenery. You can also book helicopter and plane trips or go dog-sledding on glaciers.A trip into the wilderness is a great opportunity to see some of the region's wildlife, which includes grizzly bears, black bears and moose. Anchorage is also an excellent place to go whale watching. Boat trips are easily arranged, but you may see whales at the city's waterfront.Attractions in the city itself include the Alaska Zoo, where you can see an extensive collection of northern animals, such as caribou, moose and three species of bear, and the Imaginarium Science Discovery Centre, with fascinating science-related interactive exhibits.
Anchorage Airport is served by a number of major airlines. Using a flight comparison website will help you find a cheap flight. Getting to the city is easy: free shuttle buses connect the airport terminals to the parking and car rental areas and transport to the city is provided by People Mover buses, which run every 30 minutes between 6 am and 11 pm. Taxis cost around $17 - $22 (£11 - £22) - the journey takes 15-20 minutes. Car rental offices are located opposite the South Terminal. Many hotels provide complimentary transport from the airport - you can enquire by telephone at the baggage claim area. People Mover buses provide transport within the city and cover most of the places of interest. For travel further afield, there are train services and long distance buses to many other parts of Alaska, such as Denali National Park and Talkeetna, the starting point for expeditions to Denali - also known as Mount McKinley, the highest peak in the USA. Another option is to take a plane trip that passes close by the mountain, giving stunning views - an unforgettable experience.