Anchorage & Vicinity
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Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska with just over half the state's population. Anchorage maintains its small town feel, but has all the benefits of a cultural center. The population is spread out across a rather large area, and views of the city from Chugach mountain vantage points at Glen Alps or Prospect Heights trails are largely hidden by trees. In the summer, Anchorage is known as "the city of flowers" and during the winter, it becomes the "city of lights."
The Municipality of Anchorage maintains over 120 miles of bicycle/shared trails and over 23 miles of ski trails in the winter. The municipal parks and recreation department in town publishes good maps of these trails. Click here for a listing of contact information for the Municipality of Anchorage. The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail is one of the more famous of the trails, used both summer and winter. The best map that we have found for the cross country ski trails is published by the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage. They can be reached at (907) 276-7609.
Although there is no sales tax in Anchorage, there are a number of tourist taxes, including a 12% bed tax. Anchorage has many terrific accommodations for those who would prefer to sleep indoors between adventures.
This little community about 45 minutes south of Anchorage is home to many artists and snow fanatics. It is an absolutely gorgeous spot on earth. Those who are able to make Girdwood their home are either incredibly lucky to have found something to allow them to work and live here, or they drive 45 minutes back and forth from work in Anchorage each day.
There are so many different things to do in Girdwood. During the summer the town plays host to hikers, bicyclists, paragliders, rafters and kayakers, berry pickers, gold prospectors, flight seeing outfits and other tour operators. During the winter alpine and nordic skiers as well as snowboarders flock to the Alyeska Resort. Snowcat and heli-skiing companies take the daring out for even wilder runs. And around town the snow shoeing enthusiasts, dog sledders and snowmobilers share the marvelous scenery.
Summer temperatures in Girdwood are cooler than Anchorage, and rarely get above the mid-70's. The area has more precipitation which accounts for the great skiing and winter activities.
Eagle River has become one of the faster growing spots in Alaska. Many people move to Alaska looking for property with open spaces and beautiful views. As developers purchase sections of Anchorage and subdivide so small that the home is about the only thing on the lot, people have begun looking to Eagle River as a better place to live.