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Anchorage, Alaska, Vacation Rentals Alaska's Chelatna Lake Lodge - Anchorage, Alaska At Chelatna Lake Lodge, we combine world-class fishing, delicious cuisine and friendly personal service to provide you with the vacation of a lifetime. Situated near the southern border of Denali National Park we also overlook Chelatna Lake, Mount Russell and the Alaska Range. Whether you seek fishing, hiking, boating or wildlife viewing, Chelatna Lake Lodge offers unparalleled serenity in the heart of the Alaskan Bush. Rates are all-inclusive. We promise you a vacation you will never forget.

Anchorage is a unified home rule municipality in the southcentral part of the U.S. state of Alaska. It is the northernmost city in the United States with more than 50,000 residents and the largest community in North America north of the 60th parallel. With 291,826 residents in 2010 (and 380,821 residents within its Metropolitan Statistical Area, which combines Anchorage with the neighboring Matanuska-Susitna Borough), it is Alaska's largest city and constitutes more than 40 percent of the state's total population; amongst the 50 states, only New York has a higher percentage of residents who live in the state's largest city.


A diverse wildlife population exists in urban Anchorage and the surrounding area. Approximately 250 black bears and 60 grizzly bears live in the area. Bears are regularly sighted within the city. Moose are a common sight. In the Anchorage Bowl, there is a summer population of approximately 250 moose, increasing to as many as 1000 during the winter. They are a hazard to drivers, with over 100 moose killed by cars each year. Two people have been stomped to death by moose in recent years in Anchorage. Cross-country skiers and dog mushers using city trails have been charged by moose on numerous occasions; the Alaska Dept of Fish and Game has to kill some individual aggressive moose in the city every year. Mountain goats can be commonly sighted along the Seward Highway between Anchorage and Girdwood, and dall sheep are often viewed quite close to the road at Windy Point. Approximately 30 wolves live in the Anchorage area, in 2007 several dogs were killed by wolves while on walks with their owners. There are also beaver dams in local creeks, and it is common to see fox and kits in parking lots close to wooded areas in the spring. Along the Seward Highway headed toward Kenai, there are common sightings of whales in the Turnagain Arm.


Located next to Town Square Park in downtown Anchorage, the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts is a three-part complex, hosting numerous performing arts events each year. The facility can accommodate more than 3, 000 patrons. In 2000, nearly 245, 000 people visited 678 public performances. It is home to eight resident performing arts companies and has featured mega-musical performed by visiting companies. The center also hosts the International Ice Carving Competition as part of the Fur Rendezvous festival in February.

The Anchorage Concert Association brings 15 to 20 events to the community each winter, including Broadway shows like Disney's The Lion King and Mamma Mia! The Sitka Summer Music Festival presents an "Autumn Classics" festival of chamber music for two weeks each September on the campus of Alaska Pacific University.

* Alaska Native Heritage Center
* Alaska Museum of Natural History
* Anchorage Aviation Heritage Museum
* Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center
* Imaginarium: Science Discovery Center
* Oscar Anderson House Museum
* Wells Fargo Alaska Heritage Library & Museum

The city of Anchorage currently provides three municipal facilities large enough to hold major events such as concerts, trade shows and conventions. Downtown facilities include the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, William A. Egan Civic & Convention Center and the recently completed Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center, which will be connected via skybridge to form the Anchorage Civic & Convention District. The Sullivan Arena hosts sporting events as well concerts and annual trade shows. The Anchorage Football Stadium and Mulcahy Stadium are also noteworthy sports venues

Parks and recreation

Parks and gardens

* Alaska Native Heritage Center
* The Alaska Botanical Garden contains over 900 species of hardy perennials and 150 native plant species
* Alaska Zoo[45]
* Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
* Delaney Park Strip
* Kincaid Park
* Point Woronzof Park
* Earthquake Park
* Russian Jack Park
* Flat Top Mountain Recreation Area
* Westchester Lagoon/Margaret Sullivan Park
* Valley of the Moon Park
* Lyn Ary Park
* Pop Carr Park
* Minnesota Park
* Fairview Lions Park
* Roosevelt Park
* Hanna Cove Park
* University Lake Park
* Goose Lake Park
* Conifer Park
* Muldoon Park
* McPhee Park
* Williwaw Park
* Connors Lake Park
* Jewel Lake Park
* Ocean View Park
* Cutty Sark Park
* Taku Lake Park
* Bancroft Park
* Campbell Park
* Meadow Park
* Stork Park
* Forsythe Park
* Charles Smith Park
* Al Miller Memorial Park
* Lloyd Steel & Balto Seppla Park
* Tikishla Park
* Nunaka Valley Park
* Sitka Park
* Centennial Park
* Sand Lake Park
* Dela Vega Park
* Southport Park
* Ocean Bluff Park
* Ruth Arcand Park
* Meadow Park
* Abbott Loop Park

Recreational facilities

* Alpenglow Ski Area
* Alyeska Resort
* Hilltop Ski Area
* Kincaid Park
* Tony Knowles Coastal trail

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