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Anchorage Introduction


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Anchorage, Alaska, is big-city living. It is home to more than a quarter-million people—nearly half the state's population. The city has shopping malls, national discount stores, movie theaters, fast-food restaurants, fine dining, high-rise hotels and a busy international airport. That makes Anchorage an anomaly in a state where the featured attraction is wilderness—specifically Denali National Park, the Kenai Peninsula and Katmai National Park. Alaska's residents joke that visitors can't really claim to have seen the state until they leave Anchorage.  Click here to see the full Anchorage travel guide on Travel42 »

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Anchorage Geography


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The city occupies a wide and relatively flat point of land where Ship Creek flows into Cook Inlet in south-central Alaska. The southern edge of Anchorage borders on the waters of Turnagain Arm (a branch of Cook Inlet). The Chugach (pronounced CHEW-gatch) Mountains rise to the east, and the Anchorage Bowl—as the whole area is called—stretches approximately 15 mi/24 km north to south and 10 mi/16 km east to west at its widest point.   Click here to see the full Anchorage travel guide on Travel42 »

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Anchorage History


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Anchorage sits along upper Cook Inlet, named for English explorer James Cook, who sailed into those waters in 1778 in search of the fabled Northwest Passage across the North American continent. For centuries, the Tanaina natives inhabited the area. The first European settlers didn't arrive until the early 1900s.  Click here to see the full Anchorage travel guide on Travel42 »

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Anchorage Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Before dashing off to outlying sights such as Denali (pronounced deh-NAH-lee) National Park or the Kenai Peninsula, you should spend some time in Anchorage itself. With its museums, art galleries, restaurants, parks and trails, flower-filled city center and scenic shoreline, the city is worth at least a day of sightseeing and possibly more.   Click here to see the full Anchorage travel guide on Travel42 »

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Anchorage Nightlife


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Anchorage has a wide variety of nightlife offerings, from romantic jazz-music spots to meat-market clubs. Bars and nightclubs are scattered around the city, although several of the best known are located along Spenard Road.   Click here to see the full Anchorage travel guide on Travel42 »

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Anchorage Restaurants & Dining


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Anchorage is large enough to offer dining choices well beyond what travelers might expect so far north. You can start the day with sourdough pancakes in a bustling family restaurant, stop by New Sagaya City Market for a filling Chinese deli lunch, and then relax at a gourmet restaurant when evening arrives. You'll find restaurants from many Asian cultures (including Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese and Chinese), along with Mexican, Italian, Indian and Greek establishments.   Click here to see the full Anchorage travel guide on Travel42 »

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