SpringHill Suites Anchorage University Lake

4050 University Lake Drive, Anchorage, Alaska, 99508, United States

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    Fantastic venue


    I have stayed in this hotel two different occasions, and have only had terrific experiences here. The SpringHill Suites is on the newer side, and very clean. The rooms have a designated work space, which is nicely separated from the living space, as well as minifridge, good TV, and high-speed internet.

    It is not near the downtown area, so if you are looking to head out in that direction, it is best if you have a car. However, they do have a shuttle that is free and will drop you off at the downtown area if you schedule ahead, so you are not totally without options. The shuttle also runs to the airport 24/7 so you can get to whatever time flight you have coming.

    The breakfast is superb... the usual continental selections (bagels, muffins, yogurt, juice), but add in hot, fresh eggs, waffles, oatmeal, and breakfast meats (ham, sausage, etc.). It is free, every morning, and a great bonus to start the day off right.

    Unique Quality: Right behind the hotel is the University Lake, with a trail that runs along the bank. It is great for walks, runs, and strolls to escape and relax a bit. The laks is full of beaver, and is popular with locals for walking.

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Camping Shops in Anchorage

by karen_mo

Hi there,

We will be spending a few days in downtown Anchorage before heading off on a camping trip and we need to buy a few things when we arrive (good quality sleeping bags, MSR tent footprint, backpack, waterproof trousers, camping food etc) I had heard that Anchorage is full of camping supplies shops but I can't find much evidence of this on the internet. Can you confirm whether this is true and do you have any advise on good places we could head for. (or specific streets?)

Many thanks again!


Re: Camping Shops in Anchorage

by RickinDutch

The REI store on the corner of Spenard and Northern Lights is a favorite stop of mine when passing thru Anchorage. A little spendy and good quality gear.

Re: Camping Shops in Anchorage

by USanFrancisco

It's more...shops in Anchorage carry camping gear. For example: Wal-Mart has a large gun selection, camping selection, and fishing selection. Costco and Sams also has a large selection of camping and fishing equipment compared to others in the lower 48's

Re: Camping Shops in Anchorage

by cart10

I've shopped at REI in Anchorage on several occasions. Highly recommended. They also rent bear-proof food containers - something you'll need if you're heading out to an area where there are no facilities.

Re: Camping Shops in Anchorage

by onebadcat

Get gear that doesn't need to be quality at Walmart. Look at Sportsmans Headquarters, REI and AMH for gear that needs to hold up in the backcountry. Don't buy a $30 tent, $10 boots and a 15 pound sleeping bag that is supposed to keep you warm and expect it to last up here. The only thing I buy at Walmart is fuel for my stove, if that. I have had too many bad experiences with crappy gear to list off ;) Where did you decide to go camping?


Re: Camping Shops in Anchorage

by onebadcat

Oh, incidentally - if you decide to buy a bunch of stuff at REI it will be worth becoming members as you will receive 10% of your purchases back at the end of the year. This 'dividend' can also be used online in case you want to order something from home.


Re: Camping Shops in Anchorage

by karen_mo

Thanks guys, sounds like REI will be a good stop for the essentials, then we'll pick up any cheap and cheerful bits in Walmart etc. We already have good quality tent, mats, stove etc. Need good sleeping bag and a few other bits.

Do you know if non-US people can become members of REI?

We're camping in Brooks Falls for definite, and also in Denali NP but the camps in the park are full apart from Riley Creek so we may need to sniff out another less popular campground!(unless they hold back some pitches inside the park until a few days before) Also stopping in Talkeetna to look at Denali State Park and contemplating the Denali Highway route back if anyone has any thoughts on that?
Cheers, Karen

Re: Camping Shops in Anchorage

by onebadcat

REI will take money from anyone I am sure! Denali State Park is an awesome alternative to the crowded National Park. If you are up for a trek do the Kesugi Ridge trail. Can be done in three days south to north or day hike from Byers Lake to the Ridge or the North Trail head to the ridge and back. Great views of Mount McKinley (Denali) from up there!

Have fun,


Travel Tips for Anchorage

Drink lots of local brews

by masonbryant

Try out every brewpub in Anchorage. The wide variety will keep you engaged, and the local drunks at bars like Darwin's Theory will keep you entertained. Remember, the only bad beer is a beer that doesn't get you happy!


by KianaInupiaq

"Ham Sandwich"

As ham sandwiches go, it was perfection. A thick slab of ham, a fresh bun, crisp lettuce and plenty of expensive, light brown, gourmet mustard. The corners of my jaw aching in anticipation, I carried it to the picnic table in our backyard, picked it up with
both hands but was stopped by my wife suddenly at my side. "Hold Johnny (our six-week-old son) while I get my sandwich," she said. I had him balanced between my left elbow and shoulder and was reaching again for the ham sandwich when I noticed a streak of mustard on my fingers.
I love mustard. I had no napkin.
I licked it off. It was not mustard.
No man ever put a baby down faster.
It was the first and only time I have sprinted with my tongue protruding. With a washcloth in each hand I did the sort of routine shoeshine boys do, only I did it on my tongue. Later my wife said,
"Now you know why they call that mustard 'Poupon.'" vortex- photo shop...just messin around with this rainbow pic

Drink lots of coffee

by masonbryant

Be sure to drop by these cheap roadside stands to pick up some coffee, espresso, cappucino, etc..... Designed to serve right to your car to avoid the cold. The places usually hire beautiful young women to serve you since you can only see the person from the waist up. They actually even have calendars for sale of "the women of the coffeeshops." Aside from the scenery, coffee is required to stay awake when the dark months creep in.

Chugach State Park

by Scandic

How to describe something this good with only few words...Well, the third largest state park in US, chugach has a wide range to activities to offer to you, from hiking to camping, to rafting, to snowboarding, to climbing etc.But what is the best thing, is that it is right there, just a ten minutes drive from Ted Stevens I'nal Airport, just right there in Anchorage. Those mountains start there and keeps going on down to Kenai Peninsula.

If you go to Alaska and spend some time in Anchorage, do not underestimate this State Park. Most people wanna hit Denali, but Chugach is also worth of spending time in in some cases it might even be better than Denali, especially if you don't have lots of time.
The park close to Anchorage is divided to three good areas, which all have good trails to use: Eklutna, Hillside and Turnagain Arm. There are three campgrounds in Chugach State Park, offering experiences ranging from fishing, hiking, whitewater rafting, wildlife viewing, and spectacular sunsets. Two are north of Anchorage -- one at Eklutna Lake, and one on Eagle River -- and the third is south of Anchorage at Bird Creek.

Check out great pages of Chugach http://www.dnr.state.ak.us/parks/units/chugach/

of Alaska Department of Natural Resources

Wyland Foundation Mural "Alaska's Marine Life"

by vichatherly

This fabulous mural can be found on the side of J.C. Penneys, 406 W. 5th Avenue.

It's 400 Feet Long x 50 Feet High, Dedicated August 8th, 1994 by Mayor Rick Mystron.

Judging by the website of the wayland foundation they seem to be springing up all over America.


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