Find­ing Your Alaska

Where Alaska - - Editor's Itinerary -

The run­ning joke among lo­cals about Anchorage is that it is “20 min­utes from Alaska.” Like most jokes, there is some truth to that given the metro pop­u­la­tion is 10 times larger than the next-largest cities of Juneau and Fair­banks. Also like most jokes, it’s an ex­ag­ger­a­tion. On my sec­ond day head­ing to work back in 2010, I heard a traf­fic re­port of a moose cross­ing a busy street and thought to my­self, “yep, I’m in Alaska.” There is plenty of Alaska in Anchorage whether it is a gor­geous sun­rise over the Chugach to the east, spot­ting De­nali more than a 100 miles to the north on a clear day or be­ing im­mersed in the green belt of trails snaking around the city. In my other job as edi­tor of the Alaska Jour­nal of Com­merce, I’ve been for­tu­nate to travel around this amaz­ing state to places such as Ko­diak and Nome, and to re­mote min­ing prospects only ac­ces­si­ble by he­li­copter. My fa­vorite ex­pe­ri­ence, how­ever, was trav­el­ing the state with my par­ents when they vis­ited for 10 days in late sum­mer 2012. They found their Alaska, and I hope this mag­a­zine helps you dis­cover yours.

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