By Rose Overbey
Anchorage
Alaska
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The state of Alaska is our nation's last great frontier. Known for its natural beauty, abundant wildlife and scenic landscapes, a trip to Alaska is certain to excite all travelers. Anchorage, Alaska is the state's largest city and full of fun areas to explore. No matter how adventurous you're feeling, Anchorage offers a variety of ways to explore this great state. Stay in a 4 star hotel and enjoy Anchorage's flourishing arts scene -- or rough it like the original settlers and enjoy the outdoor activities offered in and around the city.

With so many things to do, EscapeWizard.com invites you to see Anchorage, Alaska for yourself. Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) is located just a couple miles south of downtown. Book your flight today with EscapeWizard.com: To do so, please follow the link to make flight arrangements (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). And, when booking your hotel with EscapeWizard.com, please refer to our top selections of hotels in the Anchorage area for assistance with finding accommodations.  Then book through EscapeWizard.com by following the link to the hotel portion of our website (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

Anchorage has a unique heritage. This city tells the story of the young state's establishment. EscapeWizard.com suggests learning about this unique town at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. Understanding the history of the landscape will enrich your visit. Discovered in the 1700's, the area was a trading hub for Russians. In the early 1900's the Alaska railroad was built. With the establishment of the railroad, the population swelled. When Alaska became a state in 1959, Anchorage was well established. The 80's saw a surge in growth with the discovery of oil in Prudhoe Bay. This helped revive the economy from the tragedy of an epic earthquake in 1964 and put the city back on track for growth. The museum tells the stories of the people that lived through Anchorage's tragedies and triumphs.

If you're traveling with children, EscapeWizard.com recommends visiting the Natural Museum. Alaska is home to a variety of wildlife. Explore these creatures up close in the museum. See the skeleton of a bird or stand next to a stuffed black bear! The museum also has some items from the ice age -- including the skull of an ice age lion.

EscapeWizard.com recommends getting out and exploring Anchorage for yourself. Even the best stories in museums can't substitute for experience, and Alaska is a wonderful place to experience adventure. EscapeWizard.com invites you to visit Chugach State Park. The grand mountains serve as the beautiful backdrop that sits behind the metropolitan city of Anchorage, and include Sleeping Lady Mountain. Chugach State Park is the 3rd largest state park in the country, and offers every activity from skiing to wildlife viewing.

If you visit Anchorage in the summer or early fall, you'll be greeted by a sea of flowers. This time of year, the city blossoms -- flowers are everywhere! Enjoy a walk in the Botanical garden, where plants present themselves along a walkway, or guess what design you'll find at the L Street Hillside Picture when you drive south on Minnesota Drive. Every year the flowers are planted in a unique display. For a taste of ultimate variety, visit the Mann Leiser Memorial Greenhouse which has 550 plants.

EscapeWizard.com recommends a trip to Anchorage. The official state flower is the Forget-Me-Not -- and a trip to Anchorage, Alaska promises not to be forgotten. Just click the link above and book your next trip to Anchorage with EscapeWizard.com.
Hotels in Anchorage
By Annabeth Simon
Hilton Garden Inn Anchorage
4555 Union Square Drive, Anchorage, AK
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Anchorage is known for spectacular glaciers, picturesque mountains, and amazing wildlife. There is no better place from which to experience all of these wonders than the Hilton Garden Inn of Anchorage. The hotel is 2 miles from downtown Anchorage and offers a complimentary shuttle from the airport and anywhere within three miles of the hotel. Check in begins at 3 p.m. and check out is at 12 noon.

The guest rooms feature either one king or two queen beds, as well as a desk, a flat screen TV, refrigerator, microwave, and in room printing to the business center. Complimentary Internet access is also offered in all rooms of the hotel. The suites include all of the same amenities as the standard guest rooms, with the addition of a separate living room area. Accessible rooms are available with a king bed and all the standard amenities.

For the business traveler, the Hilton Garden Inn Anchorage has all the amenities you could ever need. They offer complimentary Wi-Fi and a 24-hour business center. The business center offers equipment rental, express mail, fax, meeting rooms, and complimentary printing as well as other services. For the family or leisure traveler, the Hilton Garden Inn Anchorage strives to make it as homey as possible. The hotel has a 24-hour convenience store, and cribs, high chairs, and a children’s menu are available upon request. They also offer a fitness center, swimming pool, and a variety of other services to make your stay as stress-free as possible.

The hotel is located minutes away from downtown Anchorage as well as a variety of attractions. Nearby attractions include Earthquake Park, Anchorage Museum of History and Art, the Alaska Zoo, and the Aleyska resort, among many others. The hotel is also centrally located near local cruise terminals and the Alaska railroad, both of which lead to Denali National Park. The Hilton Garden Inn is centrally located with the heart of Anchorage and is the perfect place from which to explore all that Anchorage has to offer. To search for low pricing at this hotel just click this link through EscapeWizard.com (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Anchorage
By Laura Catherine Koss
Anchorage Marriott Downtown
820 West 7th Avenue, Anchorage, AK
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Located in the heart of downtown, the Anchorage Marriott Downtown offers an ideal getaway for those looking to explore the area’s best restaurants, museums, and coastal trails on foot. To avoid the worry of stowing a car and paying the small daily parking fee, travelers should consider hailing a taxi from the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) for the 8 mile drive to the hotel. The convenience of an express check-in greets weary guests who are welcome any time after the 3 p.m. check-in.

Each room offers a smoothly balanced arrangement for productivity and relaxation, a loaded office space nestled amidst a rich layout of residential amenities artfully designed to ease guests into their home away from home. Bedding options include either a king size or two doubles with a crib or rollaway available upon request. In addition to room service and free bottled waters, concierge level rooms offer access to the lavish 20th floor lounge overlooking a breathtaking span of downtown which includes complimentary continental breakfast, gourmet hors d'oeuvres, and delectable desserts. With fine cocktails and a posh ambience this exclusive area provides an upscale retreat in which to conduct formal business affairs or to simply unwind in the lap of polished luxury. 

After taking advantage of the hotel’s complimentary business services or enjoying the laid back atmosphere of the Café Promenade and its American cuisine styled with native Alaskan flare, guests may relax by the indoor pool or fit in a work-out at the 24-hour fitness center. The surrounding area offers something for everyone, sports enthusiasts and cultural aficionados alike. If blazing the biking trails, going fly-fishing, or cozying up at the Hilltop Ski Resort in the free boot warmers provided by the hotel isn’t appealing, the Iditarod Museum, the Imaginarium Science Discovery Center, or, for seasoned shoppers, the 5th Avenue Mall can keep any interest piqued.

As an adventure-packed stay comes to an end, guests can look forward to an express checkout, video review billing, and a video checkout to meet their 12 p.m. check-out time. This exclusive facility maintains an impeccable standard for employees and guests alike, with particular expectations such as the minimum check-in age of 21, a strictly non-smoking environment, and the no pet policy helping to ensure guests an unprecedented level of refined hospitality with a touch of graceful luxury. To arrange your Alaskan getaway book now with EscapeWizard.com (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Anchorage
By Summer Brons
Hilton Anchorage
500 West Third Avenue, Anchorage, AK
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With a prime location in the heart of downtown Anchorage, the Hilton hotel offers the finest in convenient accommodations. Just ten minutes from Ted Stevens International Airport (ANC) and a block from the Alaska Railroad Depot, transportation to and from the hotel is a breeze.

The Hilton is an excellent choice for any Anchorage traveler, whether it's business or pleasure that has brought you to this beautiful city. Walking distance to the Anchorage Convention District, the Fifth Avenue Mall, Alaska Museum of History and Art, and more than 100 fantastic dining options make it easy to explore the city's many offerings.

You'll notice the luxurious on-site features of the Hilton from the moment you walk into the lobby and are welcomed by an extensive collection of authentic Alaskan art. No need to worry about falling behind on work or fitness during your stay, as the Hilton features well-equipped, 24-hour fitness and business centers for your use. Enjoy high-speed internet access, a heated indoor swimming pool and steam room, and amazing views of the Chugach Mountain Range and Cook Inlet. Need a bite to eat? Stop in the Hooper Bay Cafe for a cup of Starbucks coffee or a delicious meal.

Relax in the comforts of your guest room at the end of a long day exploring Anchorage. The Hilton understands what busy travelers appreciate and each room is sure to surpass your expectations. Amongst inviting decor you'll find a luxurious bed, TV with premium cable, large work desk, MP3 player-ready alarm clock, iron and board, hairdryer, coffee maker and Crabtree & Evelyn bath amenities. You're sure to wake up each morning feeling refreshed and ready to enjoy Anchorage.

So the next time your travels find you in one of Alaska's most bustling cities, look no further than the Hilton Anchorage for your lodging needs. With all the comforts and conveniences you've come to crave, Hilton will have you feeling right at home. You can book your stay at the Hilton Anchorage with EscapeWizard.com by clicking (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Anchorage
By D. Gregory Perrin
Crowne Plaza
109 West International Airport Road, Anchorage, AK
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The Crowne Plaza Anchorage is just the right hotel in the city to experience luxury accommodations while staying at a minimal cost. This 165 guestroom hotel can accommodate a large volume of visitors into the city, and 7 of the rooms are equipped with accessible standards for guests who need additional care. The hotel also offers a Jacuzzi suite for guests who are looking for the ultimate relaxation experience while in Anchorage. The Crowne Plaza is located only 10 minutes from the Anchorage Ted Stevens International Airport which makes commuting simple for vacationers. Guests can check into the hotel at 4 p.m. or after on the day they arrive into the city. The hotel offers free exterior parking for all guests with automobiles. During your check in to the hotel, guests who may be traveling with valuables can check them at the front desk’s safety deposit box.

A porter is available to assist guests to their room with luggage. Upon arriving at the room, visitors will find either 1 king size or 2 queen size beds depending on their request. There is a color television so guests can keep abreast on their favorite shows during their travel in the city. The hotel offers the option to purchase pay per view movies. Also for guests who appreciate music, the rooms have a CD player to allow guests to listen to their favorite tunes. Finally, the rooms are equipped with both a microwave and a refrigerator to heat and chill snacks.
   
The Crown Plaza offers several amenities that are of interest to guests. The hotel has an indoor pool and whirlpool for guests to swim in and relax. There is a fitness center with cardiovascular equipment so vacationers can maintain their normal workout regime. Guests traveling for work can take advantage of the business center which offers internet, printing, copying, and a slue of other services. The hotel also offers the JUNO restaurant with is open for all three meals of the day and serves classic Alaskan cuisine as well as American dishes.

After your stay in the city, guests can check out of their room before 12 p.m. or before on the day of departure. This can be done at the front desk or the hotel offers in-room video check out. EscapeWizard.com highly recommends the Crowne Plaza Anchorage for your hotel accommodations while in the city. Just click on the link and book your room today (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Anchorage
By D. Gregory Perrin
Homewood Suites by Hilton Anchorage
101 West 48th Avenue, Anchorage, AK
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The 122 suites of the Homewood Suites by Hilton® are just what you are looking for during your next trip to Anchorage, Alaska. EscapeWizard.com can assist with booking one of these luxurious suites at an affordable rate. This hotel is located only 10 minutes from the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.  There is a complimentary shuttle that runs to and from the airport which makes commuting very easy. Upon arrival to the hotel, the staff will assist with check-in at 3 p.m. or after.

The suites range in size including a studio suite with 1 king size bed, a 1 bedroom suite with your choice of 1 king size bed or 2 queen size beds, or the spacious 2 bedroom suite with 1 king size as well as 2 queen size beds. Each suite has a 27 inch color television with a cable package that includes HBO®. Complimentary high speed internet service is available in all of the rooms for the convenience of the guests.

Business travelers will just love the business center. Services at the center include printing, copying, faxing, meeting rooms and more. The hotel also has a swimming pool for relaxation, a fitness center so guests can work out, and a basketball court for guests to shoot some hoops. Guests who need snacks or drinks can pick them up at the convenience store. And lastly, guests who are in need of their clothes washed can use the hotel’s laundry machines for a minimal fee.

Overall, The Homewood Suites by Hilton® Anchorage is just the right hotel for you. Mornings are amazing at the hotel because all guests can take advantage of the complimentary breakfast. Check-out is at 12 p.m. on the day of your departure. EscapeWizard.com knows you will just love your hotel experience. Click here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to start your search for great pricing with some of the internet’s top travel websites.
Hotels in Anchorage
By Molly M. Watson
Sheraton Anchorage Alaska
401 East 6th Avenue, Anchorage, AK
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Luxury is right at your fingertips at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa.  Located just five miles from the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, guests have a quick drive and get can straight to being pampered.  Check-in time is 3 p.m. and after that, guests have only to decide what part of this beautiful hotel they’d like to see first.

Sheraton Anchorage offers guests a standard room with one king size bed or two double beds, a junior suite, two bedroom family suite, and oversized room to choose from.  All rooms come with a 42” flat screen TV and refrigerator.  Suites offer guests a separate living area, and oversized rooms come with a fax/copier/printer.  High speed wireless internet is available in individual rooms for a small fee and is complimentary in the hotel lobby. 

This full service hotel offers guests a number of options at meal times.  Rooms located on the club level of the Sheraton come with a complimentary breakfast as well as appetizers and drinks in the afternoons.  Jade Steak & Seafood and the Ptarmigan Lounge are both located on-site and offer delicious fare.  For those looking for a quick snack, the 24 hour gift shop has sandwiches, salads and other edibles as well as various odds and ends a traveler might need to pick up.  A complimentary shuttle is also available to take guests anywhere within a two mile radius of the hotel.

Guests will be delighted with the services offered at the on-site ICE Spa where they can book an indulgent massage, facial or body treatment as well as salon services for nails, hair and waxing.  For those who prefer to work up a good sweat, the Sheraton offers a fitness center fully equipped with treadmills, elliptical cross-trainers, free weights and exercise bikes. 

EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your stay at Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa for your next trip to Anchorage by following the link here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).  The amenities are seemingly endless at this posh hotel and guests are sure to leave feeling relaxed and pampered.  Check-out time is 12 p.m. so there’s plenty of time to enjoy your final morning’s stay and maybe even slip in one last massage.