About Anchorage

City of Anchorage

Due to its location, almost equidistant from New York City and Tokyo, Anchorage lies within 9 1⁄2 hours by air of nearly 90% of the industrialized world. For this reason, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is a common refueling stop for international cargo flights and home to a major FedEx hub, which the company calls a "critical part" of its global network of services.

Anchorage might appear at first glance to be a typical American city, but closer exploration shows some surprising facets of urban life in Alaska.

Picture of downtown Anchorage, AK, with Mt. McKinley in the background

The city’s 300,000 human residents share their space with an estimated 1,500 moose, not to mention bald eagles, bears, beavers, Dall sheep, and the occasional lynx.  King and silver salmon fill Ship Creek all summer long, drawing anglers to one of the world’s only urban salmon fisheries.  Just a block away, the Alaska Railroad’s largest passenger depot is at the center of train travel, as it has been for more than a century.  For access to spots beyond the reach of road or rail, with many sightseeing tours by plane or helicopter take off from the city.  A bustling seaplane base at Lake Hood has planes casting off from docks near hotels and homes.  There are around 600 takeoffs and landings on the big days, and many sightseeing tours by plane or helicopter.