I live in Anchorage, Alaska and I love it here. There’s always something to do. In the winter you can go snowmachining, snowboarding or skiing, cross country or skate skiing, ice fishing, we have the Iditarod/Fur Ronde festival, Iron Dog, etc. In the summer the options are endless; hikes, camping, fishing, hunting, 4wheeling, dirtbiking, summer festivals, we have lots of concerts for all kinds of genres, but Alaska has a pretty big rock/metal scene, you can float down the Kenai River in an inner tube and drink all day, go boating, or just take your dog to one of the dog parks, biking, go walk on a glacier, go ziplining, pan for gold, go whale watching, etc. We have a big social scene here too, so lots of bars and LOTS of restaurants (and getting more all the time).
The best part about Alaska is simply that it’s Alaska. It is beautiful.
Here are some pictures I’ve taken recently just doing things we normally do:
Visiting my mother in law’s
On a walk with my husband
Driving to our favorite restaurant, The Double Musky
The second best part of Alaska are the Alaskans. I worked with tourists a few years back and the most common comment travelers would say to me is that Alaskans are the friendliest people they’ve ever met. As someone who travels relatively often myself, I have to agree.
The job market is pretty good and even through the “recession” in 2008, Alaska wasn’t hit nearly as badly as the Lower 48. Property is pretty expensive here though, especially if you want a house with a yard in a good side of town. However, there are plenty of Condos available. Stick to South Side Anchorage though when searching for a house or apartment. It’s the best area of town. You also have to be sure to have a good set of winter-tires, but you don’t necessarily need a 4×4. I drove a Jetta for years before I got my truck and it worked perfectly fine in the winter with some Blizzak tires.