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Endless Attractions and Fun Things to do in Anchorage, Alaska

Only in Anchorage can you take a morning hike along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, spend the afternoon shopping in the bustling downtown district and cap off the evening with a concert at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Whether you're a nature lover or art enthusiast, Anchorage has spectacular attractions in store for you!

See the Northern Lights at Inlet Tower Hotel in Anchorage

Alaska is known for its beauty in the summertime, but Mother Nature saves one particular treat just for the colder months: the Northern Lights. The city of Anchorage is an ideal destination for viewing the Northern Lights in Alaska. Our latitude at 61 degrees north means visitors can frequently spot the lights on clear nights from the beginning of fall in late September through the first of spring.

The Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis in the Northern Hemisphere, are the result of solar winds exciting the ionized atoms in the Earth's upper atmosphere. Seen at a distance, this natural collision of magnetic particles appears to be a multi-hued curtain of sequined light hanging on the night sky.

Where and When to see the Northern Lights in Anchorage, Alaska

On bright nights, the Aurora can be seen from anywhere in Anchorage. The Northern Lights appear more frequently around the time of the autumn and spring equinoxes, but the intensity of the display is heavier during the deep winter when nights are longer and the sky tends to be more clear.

Guests staying at Inlet Tower Hotel in Anchorage hoping to see the Northern Lights have a very good chance of witnessing this incredible phenomenon between December and March.

Start planning your Alaskan adventure today by reserving your Anchorage hotel room or suite.

Alaska Whale Watching Vacations & Glacier Viewing

Alaska is known for majestic sights, whether it's the vivid blue of Bear Glacier or the playful fluke of a mighty humpback. Make Inlet Tower Anchorage Hotel your first stop in an invigorating Alaska vacation dedicated to seeing them both.

The best Alaska whale watching cruises and glacier tours leave out of Seward, Alaska, located about 126 miles south of Anchorage. The scenic three-hour drive is an attraction in itself, but you can just as easily let someone else do the work. The historic Alaska Railroad offers daily trips into Seward and makes for a beautiful journey you won't soon forget.

We recommend the following for whale watching and glacier viewing in Alaska:

Kenai Fjords Tours
1304 4th Avenue
Seward, Alaska 99664
Phone: 1-877-777-4051
Season: May – October, roughly
Web Site:

This exceptional Alaska whale watching tour company offers numerous cruise and tour options. Kenai Fjords National Park, graceful whales, flocking birdlife and the massive tidewater glaciers are the stars of a selection of variety day cruises. The shorter Resurrection Bay cruise includes a stop off-boat at Fox Island, while the Northwestern Fjord Tour offers landscape perspectives that take photo-op to a whole other level. Cruises vary by season and weather.

Major Marine Tours
1302-B 4th Avenue
Seward, Alaska 99664
Phone: 1-800-764-7300
Season: May – September, roughly
Web Site:

Major Marine Tours focuses on invigorating full and half-day Alaska glacier cruises of Kenai Fjords National Park and Prince William Sound (PWS tours leave out of Whittier, Alaska). The unforgettable half-day, 55-mile Kenai Fjords cruise promises close encounters with endemic wildlife and a tranquil cruise of Resurrection Bay. For only $19 dollars, all Major Marine Tours include an Alaska Salmon and Prime Rib Feast, served buffet-style. Cruises vary by season and weather.

Enjoy the magic of the Alaskan wilderness, then return to the Inlet Tower hotel in downtown Anchorage for a stay so comfortable, it's like a little magic of our own. View Anchorage hotel deals and packages.

Anchorage Fishing

Heading in to compete in one of the popular Anchorage fishing derbies? Just setting out on your own? Either way, return from a successful day to the Inlet Tower hotel in Anchorage, Alaska. We welcome anglers with fine amenities for any length of stay. Enjoy free high-speed wireless Internet, free parking and free 24-hour shuttle service to the airport, railroad station and downtown Anchorage.

The fishing near Anchorage, Alaska is a joy for professionals and novices alike. Anglers will find dozens of abundant streams, rivers and ocean bays within a reasonable drive of downtown Anchorage. You can easily sign up for an Anchorage fishing charter, or set your own course.

Our guests prefer the following options for their Anchorage fishing trips:

  • Kenai River
  • Deshka River
  • Little Susitna River
  • Tal Chulitna River
  • Big Susitna River
  • Homer (Ocean)
  • Valdez (Ocean)
  • Seward (Ocean)
  • Kodiak (Ocean and River)
  • Kasilof

The Anchorage fishing season runs generally from late March to late October, depending on the fish. The most popular catches include halibut, sockeye salmon, king salmon, rainbow trout, silver salmon and pink salmon.
Fishing in Alaska requires a license or permit.