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“Anchorage – Only Twenty Minutes From Alaska”

People who come to Anchorage expecting a cosmopolitan city are usually disappointed. However for a city of 250,000 people it has most of the big city ammenities covered. The way I look at it all the entertainment, arts and nightlife is represented here but we have a more limited selection than say San Francisco.

But then you wouldn't come to Anchorage to experience big city life would you? What Anchorage offers visitors is a diverse city atmosphere with prices ranging from budget to luxury that serves as a base for adventures into the rest of Southcentral Alaska. You can have the time of your life hiking down a mountain ridge knowing you are just 20 minutes from a fancy seafood dinner and an expensive bottle of wine. (or in my case a few choice beers and some cheap appetizers)

Don't miss the local brews and brewpubs!

”You know and I know that Anchorage is a hole”

I ran across this comment on a fellow VTers page and it made me laugh. I laughed because it IS for the most part true. Compared to the wilder places in Alaska it is a 'hole'. Compared to the beautiful architecture of Paris or Rome it IS a 'hole'. But, compared to any city of 250,000 people in the USA Anchorage is fantastic!

Anchorage grew faster than it could cope with changing overnight from frontier town to the city it is today. Most of the architecture is ordinary, zoning and city planning are horrible, the streets are often potholed after a hard winter and the mayor's hundreds of flower beds don't necessarily hide these facts. However, what Anchorage lacks in urban aesthetics it makes up for with it's huge parks, hundreds of miles of trails and the beauty that still surrounds the city.

Quality of life is what we do best in Alaska — Anchorage is no exception.

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  • butterfly_girl's Profile Photo
    Jul 10, 2007 at 5:31 AM

    Thanks for the great information on Anchorage!!! I appreciate it :) Cheers.

  • trek06's Profile Photo
    Sep 14, 2006 at 12:20 PM

    Wow, great hiking photologs!

  • vichatherly's Profile Photo
    Jun 20, 2006 at 10:28 AM

    Heading to Anchorage for two weeks in July. Will try out Humpys and some of your other tips..thanks..Vic

  • RickinDutch's Profile Photo
    Oct 13, 2005 at 4:02 PM

    Scott - nice job on Anchorage. Still a hole - but nice job:)

  • CyberCroat's Profile Photo
    May 25, 2005 at 5:11 PM

    The way you described it, the city is definitely not “a hole”. Enjoyed reading all you wrote about the opposite side of Earth. Pics of animals are great too; it is absolutely clear that the fish on the member photo is plastic one though... Bye from Cro.

  • tpangelinan's Profile Photo
    Mar 15, 2005 at 5:04 PM

    Beautiful photos! I'm cold now, must get hot chocolate!

  • littlesam1's Profile Photo
    Feb 8, 2005 at 8:57 AM

    Outstanding photo's. I have never been to Alaska. but have been considering an Alaskan cruise. It would be my first cruise also if I do it.

  • hekate's Profile Photo
    Feb 4, 2005 at 11:19 PM

    Interesting tips and wonderful pictures. I especially like the one with the wave :)

  • nepalgoods's Profile Photo
    Jul 27, 2002 at 12:18 AM

    Excellent pics! Good start!

  • Dophinfly's Profile Photo
    Jul 25, 2002 at 5:14 AM

    What a natural beauty views ....I like it very much!!

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