Anchorage, Alaska

The urban skyline rests against the timeless glacier-topped Chugach Mountains. Moose, wild sheep, bears, foxes, wolves, and eagles all live in the Anchorage area. You may see moose walking around downtown. To see the bears, though, plan your journey with experienced guides to Denali National Park - where you will also see 20,237 foot Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America.

Venture to the Dena'ina Center to explore rooms of Alaska Native artwork by the Athabascan people. Suspended from the lobby ceiling is a 65-foot cascade of shimmering metal wildlife, birds, and sea creatures that live in the Cook Inlet Region. Enjoy a hike on Flattop Mountain, or a bike ride along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. If you visit Anchorage in winter, you can cross-country ski in Kinkaid Park.

Discover the seasonal Anchorage Market and Festival for hand-stitched clothing and a serving of elk, bison, or smoked wild salmon. Relax at Simon and Seafort's for Alaskan seafood and sunset over the water - come casual, there's no dress code in Anchorage. Live music plays every night at Chilkoot Charlie's nightclub.

Photo 2: By Wayne Johnson

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