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Anchorage, AK Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 45
Total Sleeping Rooms 6,750
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 350
Committable Meeting Rooms* 24
Convention Center Space 200,069 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 47,415 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 9,400 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $190
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $82
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $328
*Maximum for a single hotel

Anchorage, AK Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to Cvent's Anchorage meeting planning guide. Here you'll find everything a meeting planner needs to know about Anchorage event planning and meeting planning.

A modern city surrounded by magnificent wilderness, Anchorage welcomes approximately 1.7 million visitors per year. Its unique location makes it a fantastic global crossroads. Only a three-hour flight from Seattle, five from Los Angeles, and within surprising reach of flights from Europe and Asia. Arriving by air, guests also enjoy breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains and night skies lit with the phenomenal northern lights. Arrival at Ted Stevens Anchorage International is a breeze for roughly five million passengers each year.

Once in Anchorage, visitors find that traversing the city is easy and affordable thanks to plentiful taxis and a public bus system. In spite of its northern location, Anchorage is also a wonderful place to explore on foot. With pedestrian pathways, visitors enjoy strolling through streets lined with gorgeous greenery.

In downtown Anchorage, planners are greeted with a wealth of sleek, modern hotel and meeting facilities to accommodate groups of all sizes. The city's Civic and Convention District is home to three spectacular facilities. Within walking distance to over 3,000 hotel rooms, several attractions and a multitude of shopping and dining options, the district is home to Anchorage's newest meeting space, the stunning Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center. Featuring 200,000 square feet of meeting space, the center was designed to be the most significant convention facility in the far northern portion of the United States.

Just steps away, the William A. Egan Civic and Convention Center and Alaska Center for the Performing Arts also call the district home. The Egan Center features 45,000 square feet of meeting space including 22 function rooms, while the 176,000-square-foot Alaska Center for the Performing Arts offers state-of-the-art equipment for presentations and other events. Each of the facilities is within a brief walk of one another.

Beyond Anchorage's phenomenal traditional meeting facilities, planners can easily find a unique Alaska meeting location at event facilities spread across the city. Featuring a reflecting pool and a grand marble staircase, the atrium of the Anchorage Museum makes an elegant backdrop for groups of up to 500 people. Or, host an outdoor event amidst the aromatic blooms of the Alaska Botanical Garden. Meet under the wings of a historic aircraft at the Alaska Aviation Museum or amid Alaska Native culture at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Strike gold with an outdoor event at the area's most productive turn of the century gold mine, Crow Creek Mine. Alternatively, for contemporary cuisine in one of Alaska's most highly acclaimed restaurants, smaller groups can gather in the banquet room at Anchorage's sleek Kinley's Restaurant.

The majority of Alaska's businesses and state officials are found in and around Anchorage. The resource sector is Anchorage's most prominent industry with multinational companies such as BP and ConocoPhillips having high-profile offices here. Several colleges and universities also call the city home, including the University of Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Pacific University.

For more information, check out the other sections of our Anchorage event planning guide.

About Anchorage, AK / Additional Info

This four-time "All-America City" award-winner combines the untamed excitement of a rugged frontier with the comfort and amenities of a sophisticated metropolis. Nestled between the Chugach Mountains and the shores of the Cook Inlet, Anchorage spans 1,955 square miles and serves as home to over 300,000 residents, making it the most populous city in Alaska. From Alaska Natives to American Indians to Latinos, Anchorage is also the state's most ethnically diverse city with 94 different languages heard on the city streets.

Anchorage's spectacular setting includes rugged mountain vistas, countless miles of trails, and park lands filled with iconic Alaska animals. Together, these characteristics create the perfect backdrop for outdoor adventure. Visitors can reel in fresh Alaska king salmon at Ship Creek, dogsled on icy glaciers, or carve a path on top-rated ski trails at one of three nearby ski areas. For a bird's eye view of it all, visitors can take an exhilarating flightseeing tour of the famous Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America.

Alaska's stunning landscape is home to numerous species of wildlife. Alaska's famous moose live around and even inside the city. Birdwatchers delight in trying to catch a glimpse of one of the over 150 species that call the city home. Visitors can also cruise through nearby Kenai Fjords National Park or Prince William Sound to see humpback whales, orcas, sea lions, and otters. For a an up-close view of Alaska's native species, pay a visit to the popular Alaska Zoo or the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, each home to black and brown bear, moose, musk oxen and more.

When it is time to head indoors, Anchorage boasts a number of museums and cultural attractions that will enlighten guests with the history of America's 49th state. Visitors can journey through Alaska's past at the Anchorage Museum or delve into the state's 11 major cultures at the Native Alaska Heritage Center. For families with children, the Imaginarium Discovery Center at the Anchorage Museum is Alaska's only hands-on science center. Here, kids can get inside a life-size bubble or get up close and personal with Alaska's coastal creatures.

Once the sun sets, the "City of Lights" lives up to its nickname thanks to an array of dining and entertainment options that light up downtown. Enjoy some of the world's best seafood . Or, dine on regional cuisine and specialty game at the Kincaid Grill. After hours, guests can pop into Humpy’s to sample from a selection of over 50 beers on tap, while Chilkoot Charlie's is world famous for its multiple bars, live entertainment and DJs. With so many things to do, it's easy to fill Anchorage's longer days with its "big wild life."

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