Anchorage Outdoors: A Year-Round Adventure

Posted by Dan Wolf on Friday, August 16th, 2013 at 11:44am.

Anchorage, Alaska is a charming city bordered on the east by the Chugach Mountains and enveloping Chugach State Park, the third largest State Park in the U.S., within its boundaries. Its southern Alaska location allows for milder year round temperatures and more winter sunlight hours than cities closer to the Arctic Circle, making it Alaska’s outdoor adventurers paradise. With boundless open spaces, trails, rivers and ski runs, each individual season offers a multitude of exhilarating Anchorage Outdoor activities in which to partake.

Sunbeams In Spring Forest

Summer days are long and mild in Anchorage, with between 17 and 22 hours of daylight per day and average highs of about 65 degrees. This allows for plenty of time to have fun outside. Summer adventures include:

  • Hiking the over 200 miles of trails in the Chugach Mountains
  • Biking up the Arctic Valley road, along the off-road trails of the Chugach Mountains or along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
  • White-water rafting on the Matanuska River
  • Fishing for salmon in Ship Creek; located right in downtown Anchorage

Fall brings cooler temperatures and shorter days. Sunlight hours range between averages of 14 hours per day in September and 9 hours of daylight in November. The mountains and valley are clothed in colors and wildlife viewing abounds. Fall outdoor fun includes:

  • Watching for the aurora borealis, or northern lights
  • Hiking trails amongst the colorful fall foliage
  • Participating in one of Anchorage’s many fall runs
  • Viewing wildlife and glaciers on a cruise through Kenai Fjords National Park

Winter temperatures are cold but manageable. Highs range in the 20s with lows below zero, and daylight hours are quite short. Winter also means snow, which brings its own vast opportunities for outdoor excitement:

  • Skiing or snowboarding in one of the neighboring ski resorts
  • Backcountry skiing in the Chugach Mountains or at nearby Mount Denali
  • Ice Fishing in one of 30 Anchorage area lakes
  • Relaxing on a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the spectacular, snow covered forest

Spring temperatures are quite similar to fall, and sunlight hours increase from 13 to 19 hours a day. This allows for more time spent outside, and the opportunities for outdoor pleasure continue to flourish:

  • Photographing the flowers just beginning to bloom
  • Viewing the emerging wildlife in Chugach State Park and the surrounding mountains (from a safe distance, of course)
  • Hiking along paths lined with budding trees and melting snow
  • Watching birds return to the area
  • Skiing; the snow is still around and skiing is great

Anchorage is an incredible city to visit, but an even better place to live. If you are considering a move or looking for your dream home in Anchorage, contact us.

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