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Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage offers a striking contrast of urban buildings set against a dramatic backdrop of the snow-capped Chugach mountains. Founded in 1941 as a work camp for the Alaska railroad, today the city is home to more than 40% of Alaska’s total population, as well as a diverse range of wildlife including grizzly bears and a large population of moose – a common sight in the area (and something to watch out for on the roads!)
With everything from outstanding national parks to breathtaking glaciers within easy reach, a hire car will help you fully explore this unforgettable area.
Fly into Anchorage International Airport and from there it’s just a 13-minute drive into the centre of Anchorage.
Once you have the keys to your hire car, you will be able to explore beyond Anchorage to surrounding areas of interest such as Seward (two and a half hour’s drive), where you can experience the spectacular Resurrection Bay (guaranteed to deliver beautiful photos) as well as come face to face with rare marine life at the Alaska SeaLife Center, home to everything from sea otters and seals to Beluga whales and the Pacific walrus. On top of this, the city of Kenai is also within easy reach (a three-hour drive) where you can immerse yourself in nature on the Crescent Lake hiking trail or enjoy the spectacular views from Kenai City Beach.
Choose from a wide selection of hire car providers in Anchorage to suit every budget and requirement, from Alamo and National to Hertz.
Surrounded by outstanding natural scenery, Anchorage is a city with countless opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, from glacier and wildlife cruises (where you could be lucky enough to glimpse a whale) to ice-hiking, dog-sledding and even gold-panning. The stunning Chugach mountains are also the perfect playground for outdoor enthusiasts, where you can hike, kayak and bike your way round the beautiful scenery.
Within the city, you can visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center to learn all about the traditions of the indigenous peoples of the area or catch a dog-sled race at the annual Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship. Browsing the weekly Anchorage market is also a popular local pastime (held every weekend). Beyond Anchorage, your hire car can take you to Homer (four and a half hours’ drive), where you can take advantage of the area’s fantastic seafood restaurants, or Talkeetna (two and a half hours’ drive), where three major glacial rivers converge to form a striking landscape.
In general, Alaskan roads are in good condition, with most highways offering one lane of traffic in either direction (with occasional added ‘passing’ lanes). Traffic is rare, but bear in mind that Alaskans like to drive fast (particularly on the Seward Highway). If there are three or more cars behind you, it is expected that you will pull over when it is safe to do so, to allow faster cars to pass.
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When booking a rental car via Expedia you can easily compare a wide range of the most popular car hire companies and select the best option for you. There are no extra costs and no cancellation fees involved in booking a rental car with Expedia.
You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia+ rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.
Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.
To cancel your car booking, sign in or enter your email address and itinerary number. Then select Find itinerary. Under Manage Booking, select Cancel Reservation, then CANCEL THIS RESERVATION. Most prepaid car rental bookings are non-refundable. Pre-paid bookings must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up to be eligible for a full refund. To change or cancel a car hire that you booked as part of a holiday, please contact us.
Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.
A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.
We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.
When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.
Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.
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