Welcome to Anchorage, the gateway to Alaska and the ideal city in which to start your North American RV holiday.
Hiring a motorhome in Anchorage
Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city with roughly 300,000 people living there. The city is at once the most northern, western, and eastern point in the United States! Anchorage itself is a little over 500,000 hectares, which is the same size as some states, whereas Alaska is the country’s biggest state. Hiring a motorhome or campervan with Motorhome Republic is the perfect way to help you see more of what the state has to offer as it lets you decide where you want to go and when, and you don’t need to worry about booking hotel rooms. You have a range of RVs to hire from Anchorage, from smaller two-berth campers to large family-size motorhomes so you can take the kids along, too.
What to do with an Anchorage motorhome rental
Alaska is incredibly beautiful and wild, meaning many of the best attractions around the state are natural ones.
The Denali National Park is only an hour from Anchorage and is definitely one of these natural gems. It is home to Mount McKinley, the highest mountain in the USA, as well as 6 million acres of mountains, tundra, and river valleys. There’s plenty of wildlife in the park, with opportunities for activities such as dog sledding as well.
Kenai Fjords National Park is another of Alaska’s unmissable national parks, 125 miles or approximately 2.5 hours south of Anchorage. The glaciers such as the Harding Icefield offer panoramas you won’t see anywhere else in the world.
One of the state’s attractions is the road system itself, so a self-drive tour is one of the best ways to look around. The Alaska Highway is one such road, snaking its way from Dawson Creek in Canada to Delta Junction near Fairbanks – a trip of roughly 1,000 miles. It was initially a military road, having been built in 1942, but now is largely just one of the most beautiful road trips you’ll ever take.
Fairbanks, about 6 hours north of Anchorage, is another Alaskan city worth a stop. While here, visit the University of Alaska Museum of the North and its million historical artifacts, and see if you can spy the Northern Lights, as this is one of the best places in the world to view this natural wonder.
If you’re taking your Anchorage motorhome for a long vacation, head down the Alaskan coast over 1,000 miles to the Totem Bight State Historic Park. The area has been a work in progress for restoring and reconstructing these beautiful totem poles since 1938, and is now a fantastic spot to check out the area’s rich history and culture.
Best times to rent an Anchorage motorhome
During the middle of summer, Anchorage gets as much as 22 hours of sunlight each day, while the temperatures average around 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
In winter, it’s certainly cooler but not as bad as you might expect. Mid winter sees roughly 5.5 hours of sunlight per day, with snow and temperatures around the low 20s.
Spring and fall can be quite comfortable, with average highs around 65 degrees Fahrenheit and somewhat more normal sunshine hours.