Anchorage is very spread out. At 1,698 square miles, it is roughly the size of Delaware!

If you are staying "downtown" in a hotel or motel, the best means to get around is to walk. Most of the streets are very easy to navigate, and many tourist attractions as well as a large concentration of restaurants and shops are located int his area.

Bus routes, taxis and car rentals all allow you to explore areas of Anchorage other than downtown, and many Anchorage attractions, such as the Alaska Native Heritage center and the Alaska Zoo, offer free shuttles to and from Downtown hotels. 

For a few trips out of down town, taxis, buses or attraction shuttles are probably the way to go. But if you are in Anchorage for a stay of mroe than a night or two, consider renting a car. The streets are alphabetized from A to Z and run North to South, the numbered streets run East to West., making it very easy to navigate, and this will allow freedom to explore any attractions as well as provide access to more far reaching sights such as Turnagain Arm of the hiking trails in Chugach State Park, which is inside city limits but a drive into the hills. For price comparison on taking a taxi or renting a car see for an estimate

The Anchorage CVB offers a thorough overview of transportation options within Anchorage as well as a list of businesses for planning.