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Getting there & around

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (907-266-2525; www.dot.state.ak.us/anc/index.shtml) has frequent inter- and intrastate flights. Terminals are off International Airport Rd. Alaska Airlines (800-252-7522; www.alaskaair.com) flies to 19 Alaskan towns, including Fairbanks, Juneau, Nome and Barrow. Era Aviation (800-866-8394; www.flyera.com) flies to Cordova, Valdez, Kodiak and Homer. Pen Air (800-448-4226; www.penair.com) serves southwest Alaska.

Alaska Shuttle (907-338-8888) offers door-to-door transportation between the airport and downtown (one to three people $14) and outlying areas of Anchorage (one to three people $22). The city’s bus service (People Mover) picks up from both terminals (bus 7A) on a route that heads back downtown.

Cheapwheels Rent-A-Car (907-561-8627; 3811 Spenard Rd) has compacts (daily/weekly $50/300) and unlimited mileage for rentals three days or longer. Denali Car Rental (907-276-1230; 1209 Gambell St) has subcompacts (daily/weekly $55/330) with 150 miles included. Avoid picking up a car at the airport as you will be hit with a 32% rental tax, as opposed to 18% in the city.

Alaska/Yukon Trails (800-770-7275; www.alaskashuttle.com) goes to Denali ($65, five hours) and Fairbanks ($91, nine hours). Seward Bus Lines (907-563-0800; www.sewardbuslines.net) goes to Seward ($45, 2½ hours), while Homer Stage Lines (907-868-3914; www.homerstageline.com) will take you to Homer ($60, five hours).

Alaska Railroad (907-265-2494, 800-544-0552; www.alaskarailroad.com) goes south to Whittier ($58, 2½ hours) and Seward ($65, four hours), and north to Denali ($135, eight hours) and Fairbanks ($189, 12 hours).

People Mover (907-343-6543; www.peoplemover.org; adult/child $1.75/1) is the local bus service; its main terminal is at the Downtown Transit Center (cnr W 6th Ave & G St).