A Solo Traveler's Guide to Anchorage, Alaska

Downtown Anchorage Skyline
Downtown Anchorage Skyline | © Justin Connaher / WikiCommons
Bailey Berg

Traveling alone can be daunting. It forces you to be resilient, to find joy in time spent alone, and to explore possibilities outside your comfort zone. Those three characteristics, however, are practically the tenets of being an Alaskan, so you’d be hard pressed to find a community of people who are more welcoming to lone travelers than them. Here are a few advantages of solo travel in Anchorage, Alaska.

English-speaking state

While the Anchorage School District is noted for having nearly 100 different languages spoken in the homes of its students (making it one of the most diverse districts in the United States), English is king among residents. But the benefit of having such a multicultural population means Alaska is incredibly inclusive, a true melting pot, and there’s a good chance you’ll run into someone who speaks your language.

English is the primary spoken language of Alaska

Established tourism industry

A big portion of Alaska’s revenue comes from tourism, so there’s a well-established industry for all types of travelers. Consider joining a tour – it’ll make it easier to meet people. There are various tourism operations that offer day-trips around Anchorage, to nearby communities, and to partake in outdoor adventures ranging from walking on glaciers and summiting mountains to fishing charters and flightseeing. As you wrap up for the day, see if any of your tour compatriots want to grab a pint at any of Anchorage’s numerous craft breweries.

Talkeetna, Alaska, one of the many potential day trips from Anchorage

Accommodations aplenty

To match the booming tourism industry, Alaska is full of places to stay on any type of budget. Those who are trying to see the state on the cheap have the option of numerous hostels and camping sites, whereas those looking for their own space can find solid options for hotels, cabins, and Airbnbs.

Alone time

Anchorage may be the biggest city in the state, but it rarely feels crowded. Even within the city limits there are oodles of places to spend time with Alaska’s famously beautiful nature, including Kincaid Park and the Chugach State Park (1,517 and 495,204 acres of pure Alaskan playground, respectively). Be sure to bring maps if you plan to go off-trail – there are great swathes of Alaska that aren’t reachable by your cell phone coverage – and always be alert for moose and bears.

The Chugach State Park

Tick off bucket list items

One of the great joys of traveling alone is that you’re afforded the ability to do whatever it is you want to do, without compromise. Alaska is rife with opportunities you won’t find in many other places. Want to go dog sledding? Mushers offer kennel visits and rides year-round. Want to see the Aurora Borealis? Head up to Flat Top Mountain on nights the lights are active. Want to do epic hikes? There are options for every skill level in Chugach State Park. Whatever kind of adventure you’re after, you’ll find it here.

Dog sledding in Alaska, a true bucket list item

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