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Leslie Hsu Oh

It only takes 9.5 hours for 90 percent of the industrialized world to fly to Anchorage. Thanks to its international airport, the world’s largest seaplane base, a cruise terminal and Alaska’s busiest passenger depot, Alaska’s biggest city is an ideal springboard for exploring the rest of the state. Nestled between the serene terminus of Cook Inlet and the dramatic snow-capped Chugach Mountains, Anchorage will not disappoint adventure-seekers. Within the area, you can spot moose, salmon, bald eagles, bears, beavers, lynx and Dall sheep, and 60 glaciers sit within driving distance. However, Anchorage itself features more than enough vibrant reasons to stay within the city limits: king crabs and reindeer sausage at five-star restaurants, traditional Alaska Native arts and crafts, tax-free shopping and world-class museums and performance halls.