Scenic view in Anchorage, Alaska (Anchorage CVB)

Anchorage, Alaska cityscape (Anchorage CVB)

Ice sculpture in Anchorage, Alaska (Robin Hood)

Seaplanes at Six Mile Lake, Anchorage, Alaska (DeYoung)

Orange sunset over a lake in Anchorage, Alaska (Frank Flavin)

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What to do in Anchorage

The municipality of Anchorage is nearly the size of Delaware, and it encompasses the country’s third-largest state park, Chugach, within its borders. So of course it’s perennially heralded for outdoor adventures, from 200-plus miles of trails to urban salmon fishing in Ship Creek. More than 1,600 moose reportedly live within the city limits. But Anchorage’s frontier spirit belies a little-known fact: Its urban core is surprisingly cosmopolitan. G Street is home to art galleries and restaurants like Simon & Seafort’s, which serves wild Alaska salmon and crab in inventive ways. The Oomingmak Musk Ox Producers’ Co-operative sells hats knitted by Native Alaskan women from remote villages. And don’t miss the Alaska Museum, commemorating a top local pastime: flying. Anchorage is home to more pilots per capita than any other American city.

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