Anchorage Transportation

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    Take a Ride on the Railroad

    by AlbuqRay Updated Sep 16, 2007

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    From its humble beginnings in Seward in 1903, the Alaska Railroad (AKRR) has an interesting history. Anchorage is a large city today mainly because the railroad located its connection to a port at Ship Creek in 1915. Although it still hauls freight, AKRR's specialty is now scenic journeys from Anchorage to Denali, Fairbanks and Seward. The current Anchorage depot was built in 1942. It is not too far from Elderberry Park (~9 blocks). I had seen a couple of trains go by when I was at the park and decided to walk over to the depot. The depot was empty when I was there; it must only get busy when a train arrives.

    Another park, Quyana Park, is across the street from the depot. I wondered why it was built in such a steep place. It turns out that it is actually the location of a buttress that was built after the 1964 Good Friday earthquake to stabilize the 4th Avenue slide area. The antique train engine that is on display there was used during Panama Canal construction. The totem poles by the display disguise vents associated with the buttress.

    Lucky #711 Passenger Car Anchorage Railroad Depot Historic Train in Quyana Park Inside the Depot Depot Art - Silverware Salmon
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    Auto Travel in Anchorage

    by Tugboatguy Updated Sep 2, 2007

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    Upon arrival by Alaska Airline flight I picked up a reserved unlimited miles rental car at the airport. Economy small cars are not normally provided by rental agencies here (probably due to road and weather conditions) so you will get an intermediate size car or larger. I used Alamo, with a discount from my Aircraft Owners and Pilot's Association membership which included 20% off the bill and one free day. So, rental averaged about $53/day for a Pontiac G6 four door. Expect a customer facility charge, a concession recoup fee, vehicle rental tax of 8% and state vehicle rental tax of 10%. I replenished the fuel used to a full tank before turning in the car. Fuel was about 12 cents more per gallon than southern California's fuel prices, using Shell credit card comparison.WARNING: Be sure to do a walk-around before leaving the rental car garage to confirm and agree on any existing damage, dings or windshield chips on the car you are renting. Most agencies have a form marked for this purpose.

    I found it refreshing to see most of the commercial Yellow Taxicabs in Anchorage were all-wheel drive Subaru Outbacks. Strange to see a yellow colored one with taxicab light on top as I also drive a Subaru Outback and am very pleased with its all-weather performance. In winter snow and ice conditions prevalent in Alaska, an all-wheel drive vehicle should be dependable in getting through the conditions. I inquired of friends the cab fare from the airport to the Hotel Captain Cook downtown where they were staying-it was $20 for that ride.

    Many of the private trucks I saw (common in Alaska) were four wheel drive or all-wheel drive models. Welcome traffic features were the courtesy and care uniformly shown by Alaskan drivers compared with the California drivers I am used to, and the timed traffic lights downtown making through travel on one-way streets expedient and easy. Never heard a horn honk all week in Anchorage!

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    Denali Star Train

    by karenincalifornia Updated Aug 30, 2006

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    The Denali Star Train was our ticket out of Anchorage. It leaves for Denali at 8:00 am so that's why we had to spend the night in Anchorage. The train station is close to downtown, so pretty convenient. The Denali Star ended up being a great way to get up to the National Park. I'm so glad we didn't drive. We probably would have hit a moose or something. The ride on the Denali Star is very scenic and incredibly relaxing.

    Boarding the Denali Star at Anchorage, Alaska
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    Transportation Hub for most of Alaska

    by RickinDutch Updated Feb 23, 2006

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    Unless you stay in SouthEast Alaska, all roads and airplanes come through Anchorage. They really are the transportation hub for Alaska. Anchorage is served by several major airlines, including Alaska Airlines, NorthWest, United, American, and even SouthWest.
    Air service from Anchorage to the "bush" ( and it ain't the bush if you can drive there) is through a variety of regional carriers such as PenAir, Frontier and ERA. Alaska goes to several of the larger bush communities such as Nome, Barrow, Kotzebue, Bethel, Dutch Harbor, etc.

    Alaska's B737-700

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    AIRPLANE

    by RitchiS1 Written Jul 24, 2005

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    TO ANCHROAGS YOU LL COME BY AIRPLANE , WE FLY WITH CONDOR , IT TAKES 10,5 HOURS TO COME TO THE GATE OF ALASKA WITH THE STOPP OVER - WHITEHORSE THAT MAKES 11,5 HOURS , FROM THE AIRPORT U CAN BOOK AIRTAXIS TO DENALI AND OTHER SMALL DESTINATIONS OF ALASKA

    AIRPORT ANCHORAGE
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    The Alcan Highway

    by frankcanfly Written Jul 4, 2005

    This highway will bring you from the 'lower 48', through Canada, to Anchorage and/or Fairbanks and beyond.

    It travels mostly through Canada, and is now 100% paved.

    Plan to take 1 week if you are departing from Seattle, longer from other departure points.

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    Alaska Marine Highway

    by frankcanfly Written Jul 4, 2005

    If you'd like to get to Anchorage without flying or taking the Alcan Highway, you can catch a state-funded ship from Washington State and travel north for a reasonable fare.

    Stops in Valdez, Whittier, Seward and Homer. Whittier is the closest stop to Anchorage.

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    Car Rental in Anchorage

    by lizilex Updated Apr 18, 2005

    You will save the 10% airport tax if you pick up your rental car in Anchorage itself, rather than at the airport. This is 10% off the entire rental.

    We took a cab to our hotel (cost was under $20 including tip) and didn’t pick up the rental car until we left Anchorage, which saved a couple of days car rental as well.

    If your hotel is downtown, there’s no need for a car in Anchorage; everything is within walking distance (except the Alaska Native Heritage Center and there’s a shuttle to that).

    We were able to turn in the car at the airport when we left, even though we'd picked it up downtown.

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    Rental Cars – The Do's and Don'ts

    by onebadcat Updated Feb 17, 2005

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    Most people who are on a do it yourself trip to Alaska will rent a car or RV when they arrive in Anchorage. So here is some advice that will save you some headaches and a little money.

    1. Give yourself time to shop around and BOOK EARLY – I can not stress this enough. I have had visiting relatives and friends that have gotten outrageous prices and/or stuck with a vehicle that didn't fit their needs when they tried to book in May for a mid-summer trip. If you are coming June to September and want the best prices in town start looking in March. If you have a bunch of people traveling together that want a passenger van then you should book as soon as you have a trip plan - vans book up fast!

    2. AVOID RENTING YOUR CAR FROM THE AIRPORT – The money you save on taxes and inflated pricing is more than worth the cab ride to an agency elsewhere in town. The Spenard area is loaded with rental agencies and is a five dollar cab ride from the airport. You will find that the prices are significantly lower and you save over 15% on taxes alone (total taxes when renting at the airport are roughly 33%).

    3. Get unlimited mileage and damage insurance. You will most likely put on a lot of miles hopping place to place and Alaska's roads have a tendency to really beat up cars. Check your VISA card and home auto policy to see if you are covered before you get additional insurance.

    Make Sure You Can Fit a Cooler in the Trunk!
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    The Alaska Railroad

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Feb 9, 2005

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    The Alaska Railroad runs from Anchorage south to Seward and north to Fairbanks. It provides a very scenic and popular way to see America's last frontier, including some areas where there is no other road. Although I did not ride the Alaska Railroad here in Anchorage, I did have taken a trip on it from Talkeetna north to Denali, and considered it to be one of the highlights of my visits to Alaska. Regular passenger service and special tours are both offered on this railroad which has been ranked as one of the best in the United States.

    The beautifully preserved old steam engine on the pedestal in front of the depot was used in construction of the Panama Canal, then worked here in the Anchorage rail yard as a switch engine until its retirement.

    Anchorage Depot:
    411 West 1st Avenue
    Anchorage, AK 99501

    Anchorage Depot Hours:
    Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    Sat. 6:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    The Depot Gift shop is also open during these hours.

    Anchorage Depot:  The Alaska Railroad

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    Aviation in Anchorage and Alaska

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Feb 7, 2005

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    Alaska has six times more pilots per capita and 14 times as many airplanes per capita as the rest of the United States. The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport serves 5 million passengers each year. Lake Hood, in Anchorage, is the largest and busiest seaplane base in the world with an average of 234 takeoffs and landings daily, and more than 800 on a busy summer day. Merrill Field records more than 207,000 flights each year and more than 1,200 on a peak day in July. This is because of the many remote villages and parks in Alaska which can not be reached by road and are easily accessible only by air.

    Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Tower

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    Carriage Rides or DASH?

    by cruisingbug Updated Jun 24, 2004

    Tourists = carriage rides, no matter where in the world you go. You can take a ride around downtown Anchorage in a horse-drawn carriage if you're feeling nostalgic or lazy or tired - for a fee.

    Or, you can catch the free local People Mover bus, Downtown Anchorage Short Hop (or DASH), bordered by 5th, Eagle, 7th and K. If you take the People Mover outside the DASH area you will have to pay a fare, though. If you do have to travel sans auto, the Anchorage bus system is quite good - I lived outside the downtown area, but had no trouble getting around.

    Carriage Rides, F & 6th, Anchorage, Alaska

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    We SAW ALASKA in a Great Alaskan Holiday Motorhome

    by ringleader Written Jun 24, 2004

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    If you take a cruise to Alaska, you miss so much. If you really want to SEE Alaska, you need to travel in an RV - taking your food, water, bed and wheels with you wherever you go. Alaska is still very much untamed, GEORGEOUS wilderness that can only be seen rightly when you can GET INTO IT.

    We rented our RV from Great Alaskan Holidays. There are a number of RV rental places, but we liked this company because they didn't charge for every little extra and gave rs a quality RV.

    (Folks, we have to tell you - we felt SO BADLY for the RVers we saw driving the huge billboard "RV-4-RENT" vehicles in Alaska. The company uses their RVs for advertising themselves while you drive them around and have them painted up as billboards. Our camper only had a insignificant little sticker on the back that said, "Great Alaskan Holidays.")

    We met a family who wanted the Alaskan cruise experience and the RV experience, too. So, they took a north-bound (only) criuse, then rented an RV to see Alaska, then flew home to Ohio. They also had a TourSavers book, so they did their research-work! (See my Must-See Activity Page)

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    Flying Alaska Airlines

    by mcpangie Written May 1, 2004

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    As one of the major air carriers on the West Coast of the United States, you can get to Anchorage on Alaska Airlines...

    I took this picture from the tarmac while deplaning from a Pen Air flight from Dillingham to Anchorage. It was snowing and it reminded me that that plane was getting ready to leave for sunny California!

    Alaska Airlines
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    It's flat so it's easy to walk around.

    by EdinburghRoc Written Feb 12, 2004

    I set off at 8am walking and back at after 10pm still walking.
    I stopped only to eat & drink and to watch a film on bears and another on wolves.

    I saw most of Anchorage in a day.

    I love those BIG blue trains.

    I felt that only for steam trains before.

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