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Welcome to Anchorage

By far Alaska's largest and most sophisticated city, Anchorage is situated in a truly spectacular location. The permanently snow-covered peaks and volcanoes of the Alaska Range lie to the west of the city, part of the craggy Chugach Range is actually within the eastern edge of the municipality, and the Talkeetna and Kenai ranges are visible to the north and south. On clear days Mt. McKinley looms on the northern horizon, and two arms of Cook Inlet embrace the town's western and southern borders. - Copyright © 2014 by Fodor’s Travel, a division of Random House, LLC. All rights reserved. Explore

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Make Your First Stop the Anchorage Museum

A Smithsonian-affiliated Arctic Studies Center focuses on the region’s native peoples, and well-designed exhibits interpret Alaska’s colorful history.

Make Your First Stop the Anchorage Museum

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Authentic Culture Comes Alive

Dancing, music, crafts and stories at the Alaska Native Heritage Center help share the diverse experiences of the state’s major indigenous groups.

Authentic Culture Comes Alive

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There’s More Here Than the Name Implies

The Public Lands Information Center features excellent exhibits on Alaska wildlife and regional history, with a variety of fascinating videos.

There’s More Here Than the Name Implies

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A Close-Up Look at Alaskan Wildlife

Compact but highly enjoyable, Anchorage’s Alaska Zoo hosts a fine diversity of species from bears to moose to musk oxen, many of them orphaned or rescued.

A Close-Up Look at Alaskan Wildlife

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Wildlife Riches Close to the City

Stroll the boardwalk at Potter Marsh to watch swans, geese, moose, muskrats and spawning salmon. Look for bald eagles nesting in the tall cottonwoods.

Wildlife Riches Close to the City

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Catch Great Views on the City’s Favorite Hike

The 1.5-mile trail up Flattop Mountain in Chugach State Park provides a panorama of distant peaks with Cook Inlet and Anchorage spread below.

Catch Great Views on the City’s Favorite Hike

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