Everyone must take at least one trip to Alaska. It is one of the most beautiful places in the world. I have been to Alaska 5 times and can’t wait to go back. Taking a cruise is the best way to see Alaska. You are able to see and experience multiple Alaskan cities in one trip. Most of Alaska is reached by plane or boat because of its size. The state is massive and towns are spread apart by wilderness and bodies of water. I have cruised and have taken a direct flight to Anchorage and spent a few days driving and enjoying the scenery. A must see if you are visiting Anchorage is the Wildlife Conservation Center. It is a up close view of the animals that live in the area. The animals are well cared for and friendly. When I was there they were feeding the bears raw meat. The wild eagles were circling overhead waiting for the scraps. What a gorgeous site. Give yourself 2 to 3 hours to walk the park. The gift shop was full of homemade locally sourced gifts. Another must do is rent a car and drive highway 1 from Anchorage to Seward. The views are spectacular as you pass between the shorelines of Turnagain Arm and the peaks of the Chugach mountains. A great website to visit before your trip is Alaska.org. It will give you lots of suggestions to make your drive more memorable. The chain hotels in Anchorage are very limited. I stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn. Nothing to write about. Very basic but you are not going to Alaska for the hotel. Hotel rooms are pricey so best to use points.