Alaska Spring Break: Anchorage Guide

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Spring break is often viewed as that time of the year when you travel to a sunny beach with friends and family. But why travel south when you have the beautiful Alaska spring, scenery and activities. Even though March sounds like an off-season and random time to visit Anchorage, it is actually the perfect time to visit. It is a great location for outdoor adventures, unique experiences, suitable weather and family-friendly activities. Fly into Anchorage and check out all of the amazing things Alaska’s biggest city has to offer.

We know spring break is a long week, especially away from home, and that can take a toll on your laundry. Extended stay Aptel Studio Hotel offers guest laundry service and enough closet space in its rooms to stay organized and clean. The hotel also has vending machines that are available 24 hours a day. Aptel offers spacious rooms with kitchenette so that you can also store and cook your own food during your extended stay in Anchorage.

Here are a few ways to enjoy spring break in Anchorage:

Bucket List

There are a few things you have got to check off your Alaska bucket list when you are visiting. Northern lights, dog sledding and wildlife viewing all tend to be on the list. Anchorage can offer you all of those. The list for spring break activities in Anchorage is extensive. Whether you are traveling with friends or family, Aptel welcomes everyone. From students, to business travelers and families. We can be your home away from home while you are on spring break.


Kincaid Park is enjoyable for all ages and ability levels. Take the kids on a fat bike trail or go on a hike with the family. With 1,500 acres to explore and beautiful views of Denali and Cook Inlet, it is guaranteed to impress. If you are a sports junkie, you can also find amazing cross-country ski terrain, which is also open at night. Kincaid is more than an active adventure. You can have a classic Alaska wildlife encounter while roaming it many acres. From moose to black bears and bald eagles, many different creatures can been spotted. It’s a fantastic place for kids and adults alike.

Flight-seeing is one of the most sought-out activities in Anchorage during March. It is an adventurous option for your spring break week. The skies are clear, the weather is pleasant. Observing the beautiful views from above is one of the prime ways to explore the area. Glimpse over the mountains, the water and the stunning glaciers all at once. Merrill Field Aiport is located three minutes from Aptel, and most of the tours depart from there. Helicopter Tours can guide you through wild spaces and local glaciers. It can also peacefully land on a glacier so you can explore it. Fixed-wing aircraft options are also available to take you on a tour around the surrounding area. View Denali from above and be amazed by the views. Once you arrive back in Merrill Field Airport, the drive back will be a breeze.

The young ones will love dog sledding. It is an exciting and safe activity for the whole family. Salmon Berry Tours offers several styles of tours for the whole group. Dog sledding is a pleasant way to explore the area and view the beautiful scenery in March. You can also take a few minutes to pet your furry guides before or after the tours.

Downtown Anchorage:

Several spring break options are located in downtown Anchorage. The Alaska Railroad departs from downtown. You can also observe the northern lights from the area and enjoy the amazing cuisine. Only a few minutes from Aptel, downtown has something for everyone. For a delicious meal, Fat Ptarmigan offers pizza. Their menu has extensive offerings for different appetites. Visit Wild Scoops afterwards for a taste of some locally made Alaskan ice cream. There are numerous considerable choices for children. From pizza to spaghetti and meatballs to sandwiches, everyone will be delighted.

Also located downtown, The Anchorage Museum has diverse educational activities for children throughout spring break dates in March. Children from 7 to 12 years old can be enrolled in workshops that take place from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The museum’s exhibitions are also compelling for children and families to explore together. The Smithsonian has loaned several Alaska artifacts to the museum. It is a unique and culturally rich alternative to the workshops. The exhibition has an interactive section which is exciting for entertaining and educating children.

For those who are over 21, here are some additional options.

Breweries are big in Alaska. If you are flying from out of state for spring break, or from other places in Alaska, know that Anchorage has a great craft beer selection. Fortunately for our 21 and older guests, Aptel is located close to five local breweries. If you are looking for a day trip, Girdwood is also a considerable spot. Located in the area is the infamous Girdwood Brewery. They offer a fine selection of everything from Kolsch to IPA to Neipa and Oatmeal Coffee Stout. The drive is scenic and is only about 45 minutes away from Anchorage. After a long day out, you will be glad to come back to a comfortable bed in your extended stay in Anchorage.

Bars can be found all around the city. There is no better way to get to know a city than to walk it. Pub crawling is an exciting way to explore Anchorage, while experiencing its bars. The Bubbly Mermaid Oyster Bar is a distinctive spot in the downtown area. They offer fresh Alaskan seafood with everything from wine to cocktails and beers. The environment is unique and the food delicious.

For a mysterious experience, visit Williwaw Social, Anchorage’s speakeasy. Look for the phone booth on the first floor. Once you pick it up, the bartender will give you a password and invite you upstairs to the entrance. They offer classic drinks and delicious food. If you are looking for a place to eat, they have good options.

Need one more reason why Anchorage should be considered for spring break in March? Prices. Compared to peak season, everything is cheaper. From airfare, to ski rates and tours. Not to mention it is also less crowded. Aptel offers extended stay options in Anchorage for an affordable price. Not convinced yet? Contact our team of experts so they can tell you more about our rates and why Anchorage is the perfect spring break destination.