The Top 10 Things you didn’t know about Anchorage

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1 In ad­di­tion to its hu­man res­i­dents, Anchorage is home to over 1,500 moose. The big herbivores are a com­mon sight in city parks and along trails.

2 Anchorage is close to five dif­fer­ent na­tional parks: De­nali, Wrangell-St. Elias, Ke­nai Fjords, Lake Clark and Kat­mai Na­tional parks are all ac­ces­si­ble from Anchorage, ei­ther by road, rail or plane.

3 More than 50 glaciers are within a day’s travel from the city. Some, like Matanuska and Exit glaciers can even be seen from the road, and many more are ac­ces­si­ble ei­ther by day cruise boat or float­plane.

4 Six moun­tain ranges can be seen from Anchorage on a clear day: The Chugach, Tal­keetna, Tor­dril­los, Alaska, Ke­nai and Aleu­tian. 5 One-way cruises dock­ing in Anchorage’s nearby ports of Se­ward or Whittier in­clude the famed In­side Pas­sage and con­nect pas­sen­gers to Alaska wildlife, na­tional parks, Alaska Na­tive cul­ture and more of the state not reached with a roundtrip op­tion. 6 Fish­ing starts steps from the down­town city cen­tre; Ship Creek is just blocks away from ma­jor ho­tels, and is one of the most pop­u­lar sport fish­eries for king and sil­ver sal­mon. 7 The clos­est wilder­ness hik­ing trail­heads are less than 20 min­utes from the city cen­tre. Com­bined, the nearby Chugach State Park and Chugach Na­tional For­est have more than 23,000 square kilo­me­tres of land per­fect for hik­ing, wildlife view­ing, raft­ing and kayak­ing and more.

8 The first Euro­pean to ex­ten­sively ex­plore the area was Cap­tain James Cook. In fact, the inlet that flanks Anchorage now bears his name, and a life-sized statue of the Bri­tish sailor looks out over the wa­ter from down­town Anchorage. 9 Anchorage got its start as a head­quar­ters for con­struc­tion of the Alaska Rail­road. The city still serves as a hub for rail travel through­out Alaska, with trains de­part­ing daily in the sum­mer. 10 Some­times called the big­gest vil­lage in Alaska, Anchorage is home to mem­bers of many dif­fer­ent Alaska Na­tive cul­tures. There are 22 dif­fer­ent lan­guages and di­alects spo­ken by Alaska Na­tives.

Port Anchorage

Ea­gles soar­ing over Ke­nai Penin­sula

Alaskan Fed­er­a­tion of Na­tives

Ship Creek Fish­ing

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