Seniors Head North

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Anchorage is located in south central Alaska along the shores of Cook Inlet at the base of the Chugach mountains. Only a third as large as Tongass National Forest, its twin in the Southeast Alaska, Chugach is still the second-largest national forest in the country and an impressive area of forests, rivers, lakes, mountains and glaciers. Anchorage is the entry point for many Alaska senior visitors, who fly in to board a cruise ship or climb into a rental car and never look back. 

It’s population of approximately 280,000 makes it by far the largest city in the state holding about 40% of all the state’s citizens. Anchorage, recognized as a four-time All-American City, is surrounded by spectacular wilderness.

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A diverse wildlife population exists in urban Anchorage and the surrounding area. At least 250 black bears and 60 or more grizzly bears live in the area and are regularly sighted within the city.

Many Alaskan adventures begin right in Anchorage. The majestic mountains, glistening glaciers and crystal-clear streams and lakes beckon for exploration. Explore the rich culture of Alaska’s first people and feel their pride. Anchorage remains true to its heritage while forging ahead with revolutionary new sites and museums.

Senior Bikers Take Note

Anchorage is a pedestrian- and bike-friendly city. Downtown Anchorage’s flower-lined streets are easily explored on foot, and several businesses rent bicycles. The restaurants in Anchorage are extraordinary, and senior visitors can find all kinds of dining options that are sure to please even the most well-tuned palate. Savor the taste of fresh Alaska seafood.

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Senior visitors don’t have to go looking for breathtaking scenery in Anchorage; it is everywhere, and will surprise you at every turn. The horizon is glorious, and the mountains and ocean create magnificent backdrops.

Anchorage is a cosmopolitan city that has its own symphony and ballet. Art enthusiasts will enjoy the Anchorage Museum of History and Art. Shoppers will discover unique native Alaskan arts and crafts. Anchorage is the place to tap into your sense of adventure.

It is often said that those who settle into Alaska, do not want to come back stateside, it is so full of adventure. That’s true. Nearly everything in Anchorage was built in the last few decades. An Anchorage home dating from the 1950s almost merits historic status.  Anchorage has grown steadily to become the business, cultural, and distribution center of Alaska.

Anchorage got its start with the construction of the federally built Alaska Railroad, completed in 1917, and traces of the city’s railroad heritage remain today. Anchorage’s central location, relatively mild climate, and excellent transportation system make it a natural place to begin or end a trip.

Let’s put it on our travel bucket list and head north to Alaska. jeb


  1. Terrence Johnson says:

    I need help finding a biking group for Anchorage seniors. Thank you

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