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Situated on the shores of Cook Inlet with a panoramic backdrop of the Chugach Mountains, Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska.

Home to approximately 260,000 people (nearly half the state’s population) there are some excellent museums, such as the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, the Alaska Heritage Museum and the Alaska Native Heritage Center.

Shopping and entertainment in Anchorage

Thanks in part to the oil industry the city has the broadest variety of entertainment, restaurants and shops in Alaska but between the salmon-rich waters of Cook Inlet and the mighty peaks of the Chugach Mountains its apparent sophistication is paper-thin. Here you can often see moose grazing on suburban flower gardens — this is truly a city on the edge of the wilderness.

Chugach Mountains and Knik Glacier Float-plane Trip

Turnagain Arm between Anchorage and the Kenai PeninsulaDiscover the Chugach Mountain range and its secluded valleys on this sensational float-plane trip. Soar over Turnagain Arm (so called because British naval officer Captain Cook was once forced to turn back from the waterway) as you search for beluga whales. You'll also get a new perspective of the bustling metropolis of Anchorage in its setting between mountains and water while being given a full commentary by your experienced pilot.

The flight will take you over the expansive Knik Glacier, rimmed with magnificent hanging glaciers, where you can sense the motion of the ice and see how it has shaped the land whilst scanning the ground for mountain goats and moose.

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      The Bears of Brooks Falls

      The Bears of Brooks Falls

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