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Anchorage RV Rental

Welcome to Anchorage, the gateway to Alaska and the ideal city in which to start your North American RV holiday.


Hiring a motorhome in Anchorage

Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city with roughly 300,000 people living there. The city is at once the most northern, western, and eastern point in the United States! Anchorage itself is a little over 500,000 hectares, which is the same size as some states, whereas Alaska is the country’s biggest state. Hiring a motorhome or campervan with Motorhome Republic is the perfect way to help you see more of what the state has to offer as it lets you decide where you want to go and when, and you don’t need to worry about booking hotel rooms. You have a range of RVs to hire from Anchorage, from smaller two-berth campers to large family-size motorhomes so you can take the kids along, too. 


What to do with an Anchorage motorhome rental

Alaska is incredibly beautiful and wild, meaning many of the best attractions around the state are natural ones. 


The Denali National Park is only an hour from Anchorage and is definitely one of these natural gems. It is home to Mount McKinley, the highest mountain in the USA, as well as 6 million acres of mountains, tundra, and river valleys. There’s plenty of wildlife in the park, with opportunities for activities such as dog sledding as well. 


Kenai Fjords National Park is another of Alaska’s unmissable national parks, 125 miles or approximately 2.5 hours south of Anchorage. The glaciers such as the Harding Icefield offer panoramas you won’t see anywhere else in the world. 


One of the state’s attractions is the road system itself, so a self-drive tour is one of the best ways to look around. The Alaska Highway is one such road, snaking its way from Dawson Creek in Canada to Delta Junction near Fairbanks– a trip of roughly 1,000 miles. It was initially a military road, having been built in 1942, but now is largely just one of the most beautiful road trips you’ll ever take. 


Fairbanks, about 6 hours north of Anchorage, is another Alaskan city worth a stop. While here, visit the University of Alaska Museum of the North and its million historical artifacts, and see if you can spy the Northern Lights, as this is one of the best places in the world to view this natural wonder. 


If you’re taking your Anchorage motorhome for a long vacation, head down the Alaskan coast over 1,000 miles to the Totem Bight State Historic Park. The area has been a work in progress for restoring and reconstructing these beautiful totem poles since 1938, and is now a fantastic spot to check out the area’s rich history and culture. 


Best times to rent an Anchorage motorhome

During the middle of summer, Anchorage gets as much as 22 hours of sunlight each day, while the temperatures average around 65 degrees Fahrenheit. 


In winter, it’s certainly cooler but not as bad as you might expect. Mid winter sees roughly 5.5 hours of sunlight per day, with snow and temperatures around the low 20s. 


Spring and fall can be quite comfortable, with average highs around 65 degrees Fahrenheit and somewhat more normal sunshine hours. 


The unique joys of driving Alaska

Nature and Alaska go hand in hand, so if you’re looking to head into the wild in your RV rental, drive north to the capital city of Anchorage. Spanning 1900msq, six times the size of New York, the municipality only houses 300,000 residents. It’s a unique adventure destination where you can fly fish, ski, cruise through the sounds or climb glaciers.

Into the wild

Get up close and personal with the local wildlife. Moose, black bears, brown bears, dall sheep, beavers, bald eagles and beluga whales all call Alaska home. You can fly fish for salmon in the rivers, but remember you are not the only one looking for this delicacy.

The mountains around Anchorage are stunning from any viewpoint. The Chugach Mountains border the city as part of one of the nation’s largest parks. Winter lends itself to skiing,while in summer hikers, backpackers and climbers can enjoy the spectacular vistas from 13,176 feet. More than 100,000 glaciers are concentrated in Alaska, and for thousands of years these icy giants have shaped the geography. Glacial watching is one of the main attractions in Anchorage and while you can do this from the comfort of a restaurant with a glass of red in hand, it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to get a little closer.

Paddle a kayak in the glacial lakes or sled behind a team of dogs on the ice itself. Boat cruises through Prince William Sound bring you close to where the glaciers calve and crash into the water below. Lace up and take to the ice. Hockey and skating are huge here in Alaska, and with so many rinks and ponds it’s the perfect place to practice.

The Anchorage Museum is a world-class facility that lets you delve into the history of Alaska, from Russian occupation and the gold rush to the diverse culture of the Alaskan native people. The museum has beautiful art on display and a fully serviced restaurant.

Park up and take it all in

Alaska is a very RV-friendly state, so fully immerse yourself in the wilderness by staying at one of Anchorage’s camping grounds or state and national parks. Eagle River Campground is 12 miles north of Anchorage. You can white-water raft, hike and fish in the area. Bird Creek campground is 20 miles south of Anchorage. Here you can go whale watching. Eklutna Lake Campground has a ranger station in the grounds and is only 35 minutes from the city.

If you’d rather be in the city, Golden Nugget is close to shopping and dining, yet is surrounded by trees and gardens to keep you from the noise. Centennial campground in Centennial Park offers rustic sites and is open during the summer months.

Free camping is also fine at a number of spots, just check online first. You can pull over on the way to your favourite fishing spot and remember to take everything with you when you leave.

Restaurants, cafes and eateries

Moose’s Tooth Pub and Pizzeria brew their own beer and have fantastic pizza. It’s down to earth and a must-do if you like your beer. Simon and Seafort’s is a little bit fancy and a touch expensive, but they make the most amazing seafood. There’s no dress code, so you can watch the sunset in your fisherman’s jacket if you wish. Crack into some king crab and you will not be disappointed. Crow’s Nest has a 10,000-bottle cellar and a stunning view of the mountains.

Sink your teeth into a Rudy – named after the red nose reindeer – at Talkeetna Roadhouse. It’s reindeer sausage stuffed with cheese, wrapped in pastry and cooked until golden. It’s cheesy and delicious and not to be missed. If you’re looking for a burger, you’ll find the best at Arctic Roadrunner and the finest selection of breakfasts at Snow City Cafe.

Kriner’s Diner does big cheap eats. For only $7.49 you can wrap your mouth around a Giant Cinnamon Roll – home-made cooking at its Alaskan best.

Take to the trails

Anchorage is one of the best places on the planet to find hiking, biking and running trails.

  • Tony Knowles Coastal Trail is 11 miles long and takes in the views of Cook Inlet and the six different mountain ranges. Passing through a beautiful boreal forest you’re bound to see moose. Look out for the newborns in May.

  • Chugach State Park has nearly 30 trails, including Flattop Mountain. Look to the east from Anchorage to find the park. It is nothing short of spectacular.

  • Anchorage’s world-class Nordic ski trail system has more than 175km of groomed tracks and people come from around the world to train here.

A great day trip from Anchorage is the camper drive up through Hatcher’s Pass. Boasting gorgeous scenery carved into existence by glaciers, you’ll wind through wildflowers and blueberries around the Little Susitna River. This is where you can find Independence Mine, from where gold has been taken since 1906.

Cooper Landing on the Kenai Peninsula is remarkable. It is the confluence of the Kenai and Russian Rivers and probably the most beautiful part of Alaska. It is about 100 miles south of Anchorage and a beautiful drive.

Pick your season

Most visitors come in the summer, when the days are long, reaching up to 19.5 hours of daylight. June is ideal with long days, good weather and warm afternoons. Visiting in winter can be great too, but the temperatures plummet and daylight lasts only five hours.

How to choose my RV rental in Anchorage

Great Alaskan Holidays offer the largest selection of well-maintained motorhomes in Alaska. The pricing is competitive and by booking early the rental process is easy. ABC has a new fleet of rentals with nothing before 2012. The customer service is amazing and includes a 24-hour emergency assistance line. You could also hire an RV in Seattle or elsewhere in America and take the drive north. El Monte and Cruise America Motorhome Rental terminals are excellent RV options to check out in this case.


Cruise America RV


Cruise America RV is located at 2230 Cinnabar loop, roughly 8 miles from Ted Stevens International Airport, a trip that takes approximately 20 minutes by car. If you are flying in after an international flight, note that Cruise America does not allow same-day pick ups for safety reasons, so you’ll need to spend the first night in a motel or hotel. When you are picking up your motorhome, call the branch on the morning of arrival to arrange a pick up time. For regular renters, this will be between 1pn and 4pm Monday to Saturday. If you purchase the ‘Early Birders’ special, you can pick up the motorhome in Anchorage between 9am and noon - plus, this special gets you transfers from the airport or your downtown hotel. Normally, returned vehicles need to be at the depot between 9am and 11am or incur a $25 per hour fee, but if you have the Early Birders special, you can return the motorhome as late as 3pm and enjoy your transfer back the airport or hotel. The branch is closed on all public holidays and Sundays. The fleet on offer at Cruise America RV is broken down into three parts: standard, large, and compact. The compact model is a fully contained 19 foot motorhome suited to up to three people, while the standard range is suited to up to five people, measures 25 feet and has a Ford V8 engine. The large models are 30 feet long, can fit up to seven people and have V10 engines.


Camper 1

Camper 1 is only 4.6 miles from the Ted Stevens International Airport at 5401 Old Seward Highway in Anchorage. This supplier offers free transfers to and from the airport, as well as to hotels and motels when you book in advance. However, transfers are only available when the flight arrives before 5pm, so you will need to contact the supplier to make other arrangements if you arrive later than that. Camper 1 has a very large range of Class C motorhomes for hire in Anchorage, from a standard two-person RV with toilet and shower, to a 29-foot eight-person bunk house motorhome. These caravans are sorted into copper, silver and bronze classes, with copper representing the basic level of comfort and style, and gold meaning that those motorhomes offer more luxury than the usual. Any motorhome hire made with Camper 1 comes with accident liability and property damage liability insurance, and mileage is calculated at a rate of US$0.19 per mile, to be paid at the end of your rental period. 


Quick camper guide to Anchorage:

  • Leave no trace. Take all your rubbish with you and don’t overload public bins. Alaska is beautiful and should be kept that way.

  • Dress in layers. Even in summer, if you are out on the water or standing on a glacier, the wind can chill you to your bones.

  • Take a pair of binoculars so you don’t miss spotting that eagle, moose or bear.

  • Driving to Alaska takes you through Canada, so check the requirements before arriving at customs and remember your passport.


Even outside Anchorage, the US has a lot more waiting to be experienced. Also browse and book motorhome rentals from Atlanta in Georgia, or continue your trip to New Mexico with a campervan hire from Albuquerque, or from Miami in Florida, or from Boston in Massachusetts, all with amazing offers from Motorhome Republic.