Sumary of In Alaska, consider Juneau as a base instead of Anchorage:
- By Bailey Berg, Photos by iStock Large Anchorage is far from some of Alaska’s best adventures iStock The setting sun paints Anchorage a pastel pink.
- It makes sense: The sun barely sets, so locals and in-the-know visitors spend the long daylight hours summiting peaks in the Chugach Mountains, biking more than 100 miles of city trails, sipping craft beer, dining alfresco on freshly caught salmon and attending festivals that stretch into the wee hours of the morning.
- There, big-city life and nature live in tandem: You’re never more than 20 minutes from a trailhead (the third-largest state park in the nation is in the Anchorage metro), but you won’t struggle to find a locally owned restaurant open late or a big-box store if you forget to pack something.
- Location: Anchorage is in south central Alaska, a little over three hours by plane from Seattle.
- Compact Juneau offers adventure practically at your doorstep iStock In Juneau, you can paddle across Mendenhall Lake to Mendenhall Glacier.
- Consider Juneau, Alaska’s capital city, where you can find operators offering many of these adventures within walking distance of your hotel.