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Skyline Summer. Spirit of America/Shutterstock
Skyline Summer. Spirit of America/Shutterstock
Anchorage Airport. Photo Artifan/Shutterstock
Anchorage Airport. Photo Artifan/Shutterstock
Boat near Anchorage. NacyS/Shutterstock
Boat near Anchorage. NacyS/Shutterstock
Wilderness. Richard A McMillin/Shutterstock
Wilderness. Richard A McMillin/Shutterstock
Grizzly Bear. Adam Van Spronsen/Shutterstock
Grizzly Bear. Adam Van Spronsen/Shutterstock
Alaska Center of Performing Arts. Paxon Woelber
Alaska Center of Performing Arts. Paxon Woelber
Railroad Depot. Photo Cvandyke/Shutterstock
Railroad Depot. Photo Cvandyke/Shutterstock
Conoco Phillips Building. Photo Paxon Wolber
Conoco Phillips Building. Photo Paxon Wolber

Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage is the most populated city in the U.S. state of Alaska containing nearly 40 percent of Alaska’s population. In 1867 the United States of America purchased Alaska off Imperial Russia for $7.2 million and half a decade later in 1914 Anchorage was first settled as a railway construction port.

As the city is a popular tourist destination, Anchorage sees regular cruise ships arriving and departing while people suffering from thalassophobia will be happy to know that Anchorage has the biggest international airport in Alaska.

As the gateway to the Alaskan wilderness, it is not uncommon to see Bears or a Moose stroll in yards or suburban streets although it is rare to see them come close to the central downtown district where the tall buildings and city streets are abuzz with humans.

Anchorage is home to some very large corporations, which stimulate the local economy. Tourism plays its part as the city features Alaskas best museums, art galleries, concert halls and sporting venues. The Alaska Center for the Performing Arts is a prime example being the hub of concerts and performances all year round. With plenty of activities, events and things to see and do, Anchorage makes the perfect base for exploring Alaska. If lucky enough to visit in January, then you have come at the right time for the Anchorage Folk Festival.

As unique and wonderful the city can be, it is the breathtaking scenery of the glaciers, fjords and bays filled with natural wildlife that make Anchorage the place to go on your holiday. Some of the best experiences not to miss include a guided tour on a glacier cruise, a trip to the Alaska Zoo, Kayaking the harbour, flight on a Seaplane and a nights stay in a wilderness cabin.

Nearby the city are some excellent areas for recreational skiing. The Arctic Valley Ski Area adjacent Anchorage and the Hilltop Ski Area located in Far North Bicentennial Park are just two of the many places to discover with excellent ski lifts and jumps.

The most awesome annual event held every year in February is the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Renowned as one of the toughest on earth, the teams race from Anchorage to Nome.

Aerial view of Anchorage, Alaska in April. Photo Frank K
Aerial view of Anchorage, Alaska in April. Photo Frank K
View of Downtown Anchorage Alaska. Lucas Payne/Shutterstock
View of Downtown Anchorage Alaska. Lucas Payne/Shutterstock