Anchorage is Alaska's largest port city. It is located between the Turnagain and Knik arms of Cook Inlet and the rugged Chugach Mountains, in Southern Alaska. To the south of the city is the glacier-carved fjord of Kenai Peninsula and to the north is Alaska Range, home of Denali National Park and Mount McKinley.
It serves as the communications, transportation and financial hub of Alaska. The unified borough and city area of Anchorage is 5,099 km2 (1,968.6 ml2). With an estimated 298,700 residents in 2015, Anchorage is the most populous city in Alaska and contains more than 40% of state's total population. Only New York, among the 50 states, has a higher percentage of residents living in its most populous city.
Anchorage is also a city of contrasts. After a day of dogsledding or skiing, you can dine at a fine restaurant. Surrounded by all the activities and beauty Alaska has to offer, Anchorage features a unique blend of spectacular scenery, Alaskan adventure, big city amenities, Russian and Native heritage.
Take a walk around downtown area to visit the Resolution Park with Captain Cook Monument, the Anchorage Museum of History & Art, Oscar Henderson House in Elderberry Park. Nearby attractions include the Native Heritage Center, Earthquake Park, the Eklutna Historical Park, Eagle River Nature Center and Portage Glacier. Further afield, take boat sightseeing tours via Seward of Prince William Sound Glaciers or Kenai Fjords National Park, or explore Denali National Park by road or air.
The city of Anchorage was founded in 1914 as headquarters of Alaska Railroad running north to Fairbanks. Anchorage became a key defence and aviation centre with the construction of Elmendorf Air Force Base and Fort Richardson during World War II and later a regular stop on air routes from the United States and Europe to East Asia. This kind of traffic has almost ceased but replaced by tourism and air freight. In 1964 Anchorage was devastated by an earthquake and much of the downtown area had to be rebuilt. In 1968, the discovery of North Slope oil brought the most recent boom with construction and oil companies setting up offices in the city.
The Port of Anchorage receives 95% of all goods destined for Alaska. Vessels from Horizon Lines and Totem Ocean Trailer Express arrive twice per week from Port of Tacoma, Washington. Along with handling such activities, the port serves as storage facility for jet fuel out of Alaskan refineries, used at both Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) and TSAIA.
Anchorage tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
- Fairbanks City tour
The Anchorage cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Anchorage, Fairbanks, Alaska.
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Port Anchorage cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Anchorage, Fairbanks, Alaska. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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