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Anchorage temperatures are hovering in the 30s, and short spouts of snowfall are sending locals clambering for deals on outdoor winter gear and planning their winter vacations. But, Anchorage is still some weeks away from the white blankets of frost and snow that cover its landscape for the remainder of the season. This time of year, the sun points its glorious rays through breaks in the clouds above the Chugach Mountains, and the streets are abuzz with activity as several different events take place simultaneously in venues around town, all within walking distance of the Westmark Anchorage Hotel.

If you find yourself in Anchorage over the next several weeks, start by checking out the event calendar on the Visit Anchorage website. You will find that fall in Anchorage is chock-full of activities that lend an opportunity to truly experiencing everyday life in Alaska, outside the summer rush.

Halloween always brings with it a plethora of fun events for visitors of all ages to enjoy. Because it’s not uncommon for darkness and heavy snow to get in the way of munchkins making the yearly trek from door to door in search of sweets, the Anchorage Downtown Partnership is coming back this year with the ever-so-popular Trick or Treat Street event for families with kids as well as the young at heart. On Saturday, Oct. 27, a section of 4th Avenue will close to traffic, and local businesses will hand out candy to children big and small. Other ghoulishly fun downtown events, including a 4k costume run, downtown ghost tours and Zombie Movie Fest, will also take place on Oct. 27.

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And, for avid outdoorsmen, it is not too late to explore the trails in and around Anchorage. The ground is still mostly snow-free, and the air is crisp. A walk or bike ride through the many trails at Kincaid Park can offer unique sightings of moose rutting or geese flying above the water in formation on their way to warmer climates. The Glenn Alps trailhead, just a short drive from downtown, generally has some snow on the ground this time of year, so take the kids to build a snowman while enjoying the scenic views of Anchorage’s skyline and the beautiful Cook Inlet. It’s not quite time to ski yet, but now is a good time to look out for ski-swap events around the city, where you can find great deals on used winter gear.

With a long list of events to attend and outdoor excursions to experience, all that’s left for guests at the Westmark Anchorage Hotel is to climb out of your cozy hotel bed, grab a tasty bite at Westmark’s Solstice Bar & Grill, and take on the day in this exceptional northern city that never sleeps.