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The Anchorage Region is located in the south-central part of Alaska. Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska and is located in the southwest part of the region. The region includes Chugach State Park, Chugach National Forest, and the Nelchina Public Use Area. Cities within the region include Houston and Wasilla. The region is known for the moose that can be seen in the area, the glaciers, and the native culture.[2] The region's climate stays on the colder side throughout most of the year. Summers are short and have an average high temperature of 59 degrees. November through March are the coldest months, with the temperature usually staying below 32 degrees.[1]

What Anchorage is known for

The Anchorage Region has no shortage of outdoor experiences and adventures. The region is known for the scenic views that can be seen and the wildlife that is so easily spotted throughout the area. Moose is one of the most iconic animals in the region, and Anchorage specifically has over a thousand moose.[2] The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is located within the region. It is a spot where visitors can see various animals, including black and brown bears, coyotes, elk, foxes, moose, reindeer, and wood bison. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center rescues animals injured and cared for by the animal care staff. Visitors that come to tour the area can experience the 1.5-mile loop by foot, bike, or car. There are guided tours where guests will learn about the history of the animals and be able to feed the animals. Moose and bear encounters are another possible option for visitors. Visitors will have the chance to feed, take a picture, and hear interesting facts about the animals from the staff.[3] The Alaska Zoo is another stop to guarantee the spotting of some of the wildlife that Alaska has to offer. Polar bears, Dall sheep, porcupines, otters, Amur tigers are just a few of the animals at the Alaska Zoo. There are a few different animal encounters that guests can experience while visiting the zoo. The polar bear encounter allows guests to get up close and personal as zookeepers feed and train the polar bears. The encounters are a chance to hear stories about the animals and get photos with the animals.[4] One of the most popular sites to see near Anchorage is the glaciers throughout the area. There are quite a few ways to spot the glaciers, including boat tours, plane rides, and more.[5]

The Alaska Native Heritage Center is an opportunity for learning about the rich history and culture of the region. The museum shows history through many different mediums, including dance, art, demonstrations, exhibits, and more.[6] The most popular time to visit the Anchorage Region is during the summer months. The summer months offer the most pleasant weather, staying between 60 and 70 degrees. Summer months in the region have an average of 18 hours of sunlight in a given day, giving more time for hiking and other outdoor exploring.[7] Around 2 million visitors come to Alaska during the summer months; more than half of the visitors come on a cruise ship.[8]


The Anchorage Region is situated in the south-central part of Alaska. Anchorage is located within the region and is the largest city in the region. It draws in many tourists. There is an above-average number of natural landmarks and spots to see within the region, including Chugach State Park, Chugach National Forest, and the Nelchina Public Use Area. The Chugach State Park is the fourth largest state park in the United States. Lakes, glaciers, and ice fields are all found at the state park. There are campgrounds and cabins near the state park.[9] The Chugach National Forest is a six-million-acre national forest and a spot for various recreation, including boating, fishing, hunting, and camping.[10] 

The region stays on the colder side year-round, with May through September being the warmest months. The average temperature during the summer months is 59 degrees. The warmest day is typically July 20, reaching 68 degrees. The coldest months are November through March. During the winter months, the temperature typically stays below 32 degrees. January is the coldest month, with an average high of 23 degrees. The region is cloudy for most of the year, with December being the year's cloudiest time.[1] The large amount of wildlife in the area is one of the things that makes the Anchorage Region unique. Polar bears, black bears, brown bears, caribou, moose, bison, and reindeer are some of the region's mammals. Some of the region's trees include paper birches, quaking aspens, scouler willows, and needle trees.[11]


The 1898 Klondike Gold Rush was an event that brought many newcomers into the Anchorage Region. Another expansion was made in 1915 when the first railroad was constructed. World War II was an event that had a significant impact on Alaska's growth as a whole. Following Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, two bases were established near Anchorage. The population grew due to the military bases, Elmendorf and Fort Richardson. The oil development in Alaska played a prominent role in the region's economic growth during the 1970s. Anchorage was a central location for oil companies and was made the spot for the corporate headquarters. Fishing and tourism have also played a role in the region's development and are continuing to grow today.[13] Anchorage is the largest city within the region and within the state of Alaska. Anchorage has a population of 291,826. The ethnic makeup of the residents includes 66% White, 8.1% are two or more races, 8.1% are Asian, 7.9% are American Indian and Alaska Natives, 5.6% are Black or African American, 2% are Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, and 7.6% are Hispanic or Latino.[12]

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Alaska House of Jade Bed and Breakfast

Anchorage, Alaska

Alaska House of Jade Bed and Breakfast

Alaska House of Jade Bed and Breakfast is an 8,400-square-foot house that is located in Anchorage, Alaska. The property offers five rooms in total that can be reserved at any time from May to September. Breakfast is provided each morning, starting at 7:30 and going on until 9:00. There are various common areas provided for guests to lounge in, both indoors and around the exterior of the establishment. Oftentimes, people that come to the property are in the area for activities such as fishing, hiking, skiing, and snowboarding, or to see the northern lights. There are a variety of lakes and rivers for water-based activities and several parks nearby that allow guests to explore the city and mountains. A short distance from the property, one can find the Alaska Botanical Gardens, and further to the town, people can eat at restaurants like F Street Station and Bear Tooth Theatrepub.

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Alaska's Harvest Bed and Breakfast is located in Alaska near Anchorage and the Matanuska River. The property has six rooms in the main house and a log cabin. All rooms have a private bath and a kitchenette. Additionally, the home is decorated in a traditional Alaskan style. The large windows in the main common room give a wide view of the surrounding area, mountains, and sky. Breakfast is served continental style and offers a variety of foods to choose from. The property also has a ranch that currently hosts a flock of sheep. The house was built in 2001, and was a residential home, but in 2002 the owners of the home decide to make it into a bed and breakfast. The home was then remodeled, with new amenities being added, and it opened later that same year. 

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Talkeetna Denali View Lodge was converted to a place of lodging in 2012 when Tom and Dora, the owners, bought the property. The business has two cabins and four units for guests to stay in, offering amenities such as a coffee pot, mini-refrigerator stocked with breakfast each morning, and a microwave in each room. Other amenities on the property include a relatively large viewing deck, spa, grills, and picnic tables. The owners also run a fishing company, the Talkeetna Wilderness Fishing Guide, and give discounts to the patrons staying at the lodge. The surrounding area has multiple ponds, lakes, rivers, and hiking trails. Specific activities in the area include fishing, ziplining, horseback riding, and boat tours.

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The Camai Bed and Breakfast is one of the many homestay-style lodgings that are offered in Anchorage, Alaska. There are three different suites in the building, and it is possible for entire families to stay at the property. It was opened in the year 1981, and management has been under the care of home-owners Craig and Caroline Valentine for the entirety of the inn's existence. Camai Bed and Breakfast offers an authentic Alaskan lodging experience, with an emphasis on relaxation.

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