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Spencer Glacier

An Anchorage trifecta: glaciers, animals and the aurora

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posted October 2, 2018

From the serene waters of Cook Inlet to the natural beauty of the Chugach Mountains, Anchorage blends a metropolitan vibe and an outdoorsy feel.

“Groups can pursue adventures under the midnight sun all summer long, or chase the northern lights starting in late August,” says Visit Anchorage’s David Kasser. “Or they can soar over glaciers and the tallest peaks in North America on a flightseeing tour. No matter the season, Anchorage has the best of Alaska, all in one place.”

A number of national and state parks are within easy reach, and when you throw in the area’s 60 glaciers and roughly 1,500 moose, Alaska’s largest city delivers when it comes to nature-themed adventures. In addition to moose viewing, the parks offer chances for visitors to get up close with other animals, such as eagles, musk oxen and bears.

Kasser says some of the most popular options for groups include Salmon Berry Tours’ drive-your-own dog sled or cart experiences, Alaska Photo Treks’ Aurora Borealis Tours in the Chugach Mountains, and the Anchorage Eco Tour, which includes visits to a salmon hatchery and the Alaska Botanical Gardens. The area’s waterways and train tracks provide additional adventures. Options include going rafting or kayaking near Spencer Glacier and taking the Hops on Rails Beer Train to Talkeetna.

To learn more, email Kasser of Visit Anchorage or go to

Top photo: Paddling tour near Spencer Glacier
Photo by CC Flickr/Paxson Woelber: