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Walking Anchorage Anchorage Alaska United States

Walking Anchorage

For a grownup city of 300,000, Anchorage manages to maintain a low-rise, get-outside vibe, and that’s clearly not just a show for the vacationers passing through. The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail runs through parks and estuaries along the city’s coastline and is well used by runners, cyclists, walkers and moose. (No kidding.) At the northern end, it intersects with the Ship Creek Trail where you can find more evidence of the citizenry’s drive to stay outside all summer: Depending on the tide, the creek bed is busy with anglers in hip-waders casting for the fat salmon that run through here, right in the shadow of the downtown skyline. (One particularly colorful fisherman—who looked like he’d arrived for an ‘crusty Alaska mountain hermit’ casting call—was using a branch to stab at the fish while everyone else took the more classical fly-fishing route.) The light of summer evenings stretches all the way to a midnight dusk so even those with desk jobs can mix it up with some active adventure before bed.

Ann Shields traveled to Alaska and the Yukon with Holland America Line as part of AFAR’s partnership with the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), whose members provide travelers with unparalleled access, insider knowledge, and peace-of-mind to destinations across the globe. For more on Ann’s journey, visit the USTOA blog.