Fly To Anchorage, Alaska
Located in the sparse expanses of Alaska – America’s ‘great outdoors’ state – Anchorage is its largest and most sophisticated city, home to 40% of the state’s entire population. Nestled between the snow-capped peaks of the Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet, this is one of the northernmost cities in the world.
Surrounded by diverse wildlife and exquisite natural beauty, many visitors to Alaska use Anchorage as a base from which to explore this fascinating part of the world either on board a cruise ship, or by renting a car and exploring at leisure.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders travelling to Alaska do need a U.S. Visa to enter the United States. Be sure to leave ample time for processing and ensure that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date. Also make sure that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The closest South African embassy to Anchorage is in Los Angeles, California: 6300 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 600, Los Angeles, CA 90048. Phone: (323) 651-0902. Fax: (323) 651-5969. Email: email@example.com. Website: www.link2southafrica.com.
See and do
Anchorage itself is home to many lush parks and a collective 196km of paved cycling paths. But even more attractive is the city’s close proximity to nature – a unique draw card in this part of North America.
When visitors aren’t cycling or hiking up Flattop Mountain, they can enjoy fishing at Ship Creek, photographing glaciers or dining in a choice of amazing restaurants. And in winter, there is so much on offer, from ice skating and riding snowmobiles to creating ice sculptures, braving a Nordic ski trail or going dog sledding. And, of course, there’s excellent skiing available at nearby Alyeska Resort.
When in town, visit the Alaska Native Heritage Centre to find out about Alaska’s earliest inhabitants. It’s full of fascinating displays as well as various interactive exhibits where you learn all about the native culture through storytellers, dancing and craft workshops. There are also six different dwellings to explore, each hosted by members of individual groups. The Anchorage Museum is also worth a visit; it offers visitors an insight into Alaskan history and culture.
Anchorage is home to some excellent restaurants, theatres, museums and music. Fresh seafood and steaks grilled on wood fires are specialties here, but you can also enjoy all sorts of cuisine, including Asian and Italian dishes.
Ted Stevens International Airport – ANC
Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage is the largest airport in Alaska. It’s located 3km southwest of Anchorage and comprises two terminals with a bus shuttle service between them.
Food and beverage: The South Terminal offers a number of fast food outlets, bars and restaurants and the North Terminal has a sandwich shop.
Currency Exchange: There are no currency exchange facilities, but there are ATMs in the terminals at Anchorage Airport.
Lost Luggage: There is a Lost & Found office between the security checkpoint in Concourses B and C, or call 907 2662623. If luggage was lost on the plane, contact your airline directly.
Airport Hotels: None at the airport, but a number just 3km away that offer airport shuttles. Hotels worth considering include Comfort Suites Anchorage International Airport, Courtyard by Marriott Anchorage Airport, Embassy Suites Anchorage, Hotel Captain Cook, Millennium Alaskan Hotel.
Car Hire: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty.
Airport Hub: Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (code ANC) is a hub for Alaska Airlines, FedEx Express, PenAir, Polar Air Cargo and UPS Airlines.