Why It's Worth It

Anchorage is an urban oasis in the midst of the wilderness. Snowcapped peaks surround the city, and just 130 miles away Denali crowns the skyline. A hub for commerce and culture, Anchorage offers limitless outdoor adventure, fresh seafood, and let us not forget the ever-present wildlife. Before and after your great outdoor adventure, take advantage of the ample artisan essentials: coffee, regional bites, and microbrews. —Scott McMurren