Whether you call it the Land of the Midnight Sun, The Great Land or The Last Frontier, you’re referring to the same place: Anchorage. Alaska’s largest city with over 280,000 people, Anchorage surprises many visitors with its modernity and beauty.
The city is about the size of Delaware and covers almost 1,960 square miles. Situated between in Southcentral Alaska between Cook Inlet and the Chugach Mountains, Anchorage boasts a mild climate (for Alaska).
Summers can reach the upper 70s, and spring starts right on time in March or April.
Geographically, Anchorage is surrounded by six mountain ranges. Glimpses of Mt. McKinley, the continent’s tallest peak, can be seen on clear days in the distance. Chugach State Park is the third largest sate park in the nation. Additionally, Denali National Park and Preserve are within driving distance from Anchorage, and the park is a must-see to all first-time Alaska visitors.
There are a host of things to see and do in Anchorage. As is true with the rest of Alaska, Anchorage is famous for its wildlife viewing. Grizzlies, orca whales and sheep can all be visited and photographed in and around the city. Culturally, Anchorage is alive with Alaskan Native culture, and visitors can learn about and enjoy it through a number of different performances and museum displays. The Dena’ina people are indigenous to Anchorage and play a very important role in the city’s history and modern cultural offerings.
Anchorage is perhaps most famous for being the starting point for the Iditarod.