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Introduction ...

Below are places that are close (or relative) to Anchorage.

This page contains five sections:

Around Anchorage ...

Anchorage is the largest city within a 50 mile [80 km] radius.

The next largest community is Wasilla. It is located about 28 miles [45 km] to the northeast of Anchorage and has a population of 9,300 people.<1>

For comparison, Anchorage has a population of 299,000 people.

The following large communities are also in the area. Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance starting from Anchorage and not the distance if you are driving it.<2>

Community   2015
Population
DirectionDistance
Houston   [Map]   2,206   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
Palmer   [Map]   6,788   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Whittier   [Map]   214   SE   49 miles [78.9 km]

Below is a sample of nearby communities:

Community   DirectionDistance
Alyeska   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
Artesian Village   [Map]     E   2 miles [3.2 km]
Big Lake   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
Chugiak   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
Eagle River   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
Fort Richardson   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
Girdwood   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
Hope   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
Indian   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
John Fitzgerald Kennedy City   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
Knik   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
Meadow Lakes   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
Point MacKenzie   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
Sunrise   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
Wilson Village   [Map]     NE   2 miles [3.2 km]

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Anchorage ...

Looking for more information about Anchorage? A good source is the TripAdvisor website and we always start with their TripAdvisor Tourism page. The Tourism page gives you an overview and then the links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Anchorage, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information and a map of those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Tourism Map for Anchorage.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a new section that have been added to our Genealogy Helper Page for Anchorage.

We have a list of several cemeteries that are in the area around Anchorage. Our list includes the location of each cemetery, with the ability to see an overhead view of the cemetery.

Airports Near Anchorage ...

Of the airports that we know about, these are some of the closest to Anchorage.

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)<3>  NFDC<4>
Report  
DirectionDistance
Merrill Fld.(ICAO: PAMR)   [Map]   MRI   ESE   Less than 2 miles
Ted Stevens Anchorage Intl. (ANC/PANC)   [Map]   ANC   SW   5 miles [8 km]
Goose Bay Airport   [Map]   Z40   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
Birchwood Airport   [Map]   BCV   NE   18 miles [29 km]
Big Lake Airport(BGQ/PAGQ)   [Map]   BGQ   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
Hope Airport   [Map]   5HO   SSE   23 miles [37 km]

When we're on the road, rather than always picking an airport that is close to our destination, we try to see if there might be another airport that would be a better fit to our travel plans.<5> To help with your planning, the following list of airports is organized by type and where they are relatively close to Anchorage.

Please keep in mind that these airports where chosen based on their air-distance from Anchorage. You should check the map and see how accessible they are when considering one airport over another.

Large Airports

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Report  
DirectionDistance
Ted Stevens Anchorage Intl. (ANC/PANC)   [Map]   ANC   SW   5 miles [8 km]
Homer Airport(HOM/PAHO)   [Map]   HOM   SSW   121 miles [194.7 km]

Smaller Airports with Scheduled Flights / Air Taxi Service

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Report  
DirectionDistance
Kenai Muni. (ENA/PAEN)   [Map]   ENA   SW   64 miles [103 km]

General Aviation Airports

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Report  
DirectionDistance
Merrill Fld.(ICAO: PAMR)   [Map]   MRI   ESE   Less than 2 miles
Goose Bay Airport   [Map]   Z40   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
Birchwood Airport   [Map]   BCV   NE   18 miles [29 km]
Big Lake Airport(BGQ/PAGQ)   [Map]   BGQ   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
Hope Airport   [Map]   5HO   SSE   23 miles [37 km]
Wasilla Airport(WWA/PAWS)   [Map]   IYS   NNE   26 miles [41.8 km]
Girdwood Airport   [Map]   AQY   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]

Additional Airport Information

For each of the airports listed below, we've linked to websites where detailed information about the airport can be found.

Ted Stevens Anchorage Intl.   (ANC/PANC)   [Map]
        Website for Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Homer Airport   (HOM/PAHO)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Palmer Muni.   (PAQ/PAAQ)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Willow Airport   (WOW/PAUO)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Beluga Airport   (BVU/PABG)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Fairbanks Intl.   (FAI/PAFA)   [Map]
        Website for Fairbanks International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Kenai Muni.   (ENA/PAEN)   [Map]
        Website for Kenai Municipal Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Merrill Fld.   (ICAO: PAMR)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Big Lake Airport   (BGQ/PAGQ)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Wasilla Airport   (WWA/PAWS)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 

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Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Anchorage. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Alaska: alaska.gov/







Footnotes ...

<1>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Anchorage.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that stretches from Anchorage. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Anchorage) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Anchorage. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Anchorage

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Anchorage. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 61.2166, Longitude: -149.8669     [Map].

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<3>The IATA and ICAO are organizations that, amongst other functions, provide identifying codes for airports. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is an airline trade organization. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is an agency of the United Nations. Although the codes are similar, be careful not to confuse them.

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<4>On an airport-by-airport basis, an NFDC report typically includes a description of airport operations, contacts, the runway(s), and radio, navigation & weather frequencies. The National Flight Data Center (NFDC) is operated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with the purpose of collecting, validating and disseminating information about airports.

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<5>When we are planning a trip (for example, to Anchorage), we usually look for the obvious: the choice of airlines that fly into the airport, the number of flights, the connections we have to make, which car rentals are available, etc. We also look for sights and attractions that we might find between any given airport and our destination - we do love exploring. We're willing to fly into a more distant airport if we can get the services and amenities that we like. Even though our choice of airport might be inconvenient to others, it usually gives us a better trip.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Anchorage.



 
 
 

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