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Exploring Anchorage in the Winter: A Travel Advisor's Guide to the Best Activities and Attractions

Anchorage, Alaska is a winter paradise filled with endless opportunities for adventure and fun. When you are planning your client's winter getaway to Anchorage, here are some of the top things for them to do in the city during the winter season:

See the Northern Lights

One of the most awe-inspiring natural phenomena, the northern lights (also known as the aurora borealis) are a must-see in Anchorage. The best time to see them is from late September to late March, with the peak season being around the fall and spring solstice . Head to a location with clear, dark skies, such as the Chugach Mountains or the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, and keep an eye on the aurora forecast to maximize your clients' chances of seeing the northern lights.

Go Dog Sledding

Dog sledding is a quintessential Alaska experience, and there's no better place to try it than Anchorage. Several local companies offer dog sledding tours, ranging from half-day excursions to multi-day expeditions. You clients will get to ride in a sled pulled by a team of friendly and energetic huskies, and learn about the history and culture of dog sledding in Alaska.

Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Located just outside of Anchorage, the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is a must-visit for animal lovers. The center is home to injured or orphaned wildlife that can't be released back into the wild, including bears, moose, lynx, and bison. You clients can take a guided tour to learn more about the animals and their stories, and even feed some of them by hand (under the supervision of the center's staff, of course).

Hit the Slopes

Anchorage is surrounded by incredible ski and snowboard destinations, such as Alyeska Resort and Hilltop Ski Area. Whether they are a beginner or an expert, your clients will find runs to suit their skill level, along with rental equipment and lessons if you need them. Don't forget to remind them to take in the stunning views of the Chugach Mountains while they're on the slopes!

Explore the City on Foot

Anchorage is a pedestrian-friendly city, and there's no better way to explore it than by walking. In the winter, the city's paths and trails are cleared of snow, making them perfect for a leisurely stroll. Some popular spots to visit on foot include the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge, and the historic downtown area.

Try Ice Fishing

Ice fishing is a popular winter activity in Anchorage, and it's a great way to experience the city's unique culture. Many local lakes and ponds freeze over in the winter, providing prime spots for ice fishing. Your clients can rent equipment and learn the basics from one of the many local guides, or join a group tour for a more social experience.

Visit the Anchorage Museum

The Anchorage Museum is a must-see for anyone interested in Alaska's history and culture. The museum has a wide range of exhibits, from traditional Native art to modern science and technology. In the winter, the museum also offers special programs and events, such as art classes and film screenings.

Go Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing is a fun and easy way to explore the outdoors in the winter. It's a low-impact activity that's suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels, and your clients can do it almost anywhere there's snow. Several local companies offer guided snowshoeing tours, or you can rent equipment and explore on your own.

However your clients decide to explore the beauty of Anchorage in the winter, they won't be disappointed. To learn more about these amazing activities and more, join us for our webinar with our friends at Visit Anchorage. We look forward to seeing you there!

Having "Snow" Much Fun During Winter Adventure Season in Anchorage!

Thursday, January 12, 2023 at 1pm ET


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