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Anchorage Useful Information

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Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport:
Anchorage’s airport code is ANC, and it is located 5 miles from downtown Anchorage. Rental cars are available at the airport as are shuttle services. Additional transportation options include: People Mover bus: Route 7, 30 minutes, Adults $1.75, Youth $1.00, senior $.50; Taxi: 15 minutes, $20.

Getting Around Anchorage:
It’s best to get around Anchorage on foot or by car. The bus system, People Mover, is rather slow and infrequent. The downtown area is compact and the sights can easily be reached on foot. In the city center, you can rent bikes for $30 a day to explore the city’s many bike routes and trails. If you plan on getting out of the city, a car is necessary.

Visiting Anchorage:
Online Resources
Anchorage Convention and Visitor Bureau
Anchorage Downtown Partnership

Geography and Climate:
Located in a wide valley, Anchorage sits between the coast and the alpine slopes of the Chugach Mountains. The city has a population of 292,000 and an area of 1,961 square miles. Anchorage has harsh winters from October to April, but mild summers—sometimes with 20 hours of sunlight per day. Summer temperatures hover between 50 and 65 degrees and winter temps are usually 10 to 25 degrees. Anchorage is located in the Alaska time zone.

In Case of Emergency:
Anchorage is considered a very safe city for its size. However, tourists are encouraged to take normal safety precautions while visiting. One warning: stay a good distance away from the moose. Even though moose may seem harmless, they can charge if they feel threatened. In the event of an emergency, “911” is the emergency telephone number. The main city hospital is:

Alaska Regional Hospital
2801 DeBarr Road
907-276-1131

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