Anchorage Rental Cars
Remote, wild, and beautiful, Alaska attracts more and more tourists every year who come to witness life on another scale. Friendly Anchorage is the state’s biggest city, and a popular staging point for visitors, whether they are coming to fish, hike, or marvel at the Northern Lights.
Cheap Car Rentals in Anchorage: Your Options
If you’re looking for discount Anchorage car rentals, it pays to shop around. Avis, Budget, Alamo, Enterprise, Dollar, Hertz, Thrifty and National all have offices here, including facilities at the airport. Most visitors choose to pick up their car at the airport, but there are a number of other options, including local independents.
Last-minute deals are hard to come by in Anchorage: forward planning, especially for the summer months (when many rental car companies sell out months in advance), is your best option.
Renting a Car from Ted Stevens Anchorage Airport
There’s a new Rental Car Center at Anchorage Airport, located just across from the South Terminal, where you’ll find all the customer counters and rental car parking lots. In addition to the eight on-airport agencies, High Country Car and Truck Rental has an agreement to provide off-airport rental services to passengers, including pick up and drop off.
Other Agency Locations: More Rental Cars in Anchorage
Anyone in search of extra savings on their car rental might try one of the off-airport companies. Enterprise has another location in Anchorage, at 906 5th Ave and so does Hertz, at 414 K St.
Midnight Sun Car & Van Rental, located at 4211 Spenard Rd, Anchorage, is a local company that gets rave reviews for price, friendliness and service. Adventure Alaska Car Rental, at 1020 W International Airport Road, rents jeeps and tent vans.
Driving through Anchorage: What to Watch For
There isn’t much of a problem with traffic in Anchorage. During rush hour or around events like hockey games, there can be some congestion, especially around Dimond Blvd.
Even in the winter, city streets are well-maintained, but if you’ve never driven in snow before, you’ll want to take it easy. Most importantly, keep an eye out for wildlife, especially outside the city. A collision with a moose may sound funny, but is actually extremely dangerous.
Park Your Rental Car in Anchorage
Parking in Anchorage is generally stress-free. You can find a lot of information, including maps, availability and pricing, at the Downtown Anchorage website. Quick tips: on-street parking is free after 6:00pm and all day on weekends, and several city lots allow you to pay by phone, even sending texts to alert you if your time is running out!
Explore Anchorage in a Rental Car
Aside from the very center of town, Anchorage is pretty spread out and not especially walkable. To get the most out of your visit, you’ll want a car to get from one attraction to the next.
The Alaskan Native Heritage Center offers a dynamic look at the history and culture of the state’s native people through exhibits, liver performances, and films. You can get a joint ticket which also includes entry to the Anchorage Museum of History and Art.
For an up-close encounter with the famous wildlife of this place, you can visit the Anchorage Zoo and the wonderful Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.
Alaskan adventure: road trips from Anchorage
If you’re ready for a real road trip, head to the incredible Denali National Park. It’s a four-hour drive north, but it’s a gorgeous one, and there are some wonderful stops along the way. If that’s a little too far, consider a trek on the Byron Glacier, about an hour away. The 1.4 mile trail is easy and rewarding, with some incredible views, including ice caves.