The space can really get to you–300,000 people spread out over more than 1500 sq kilometres. It’s really cool and unsettling at once, so keep a local travel guide printed out. At once a city and a county, most of the city’s tourist attractions are Downtown. Vacation and tourism wise, Anchorage is much more outdoorsy than most suspect. It’s home to the country’s more famous biking and hiking trails. The wildlife is diverse and plentiful. The other sightseeing opportunities tend to focus on Alaska’s indigenous heritage. This is prominent in the theme village attraction, and a lovely little native knife factory.
Anchorage also serves as an important hub to travel to Fairbanks, Whittier and Seward.
Fun Fact: Anchorage is within a nine and half hour flight to over 90% of the industrialised world, making it a major flight stop.