Nature lovers won't want to miss a trip to Alaska's biggest city, Anchorage. Home to two-fifths of the state's population, Anchorage boasts some of America's most breathtaking scenery. Framed in by the Chugash Mountains and due south of Mt. McKinley, Anchorage is a favorite stopover for skiers and mountain climbers alike.

While Anchorage does offer some cultural venues like the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, it's winter sports that reign supreme in this town. From an international ice carving competition to dogsled races to ubiquitous fishermen in search of Alaskan salmon, visitors to this city should be ready to bundle up and enjoy the great outdoors. Due to the location of Anchorage, summer days are very long and winter daylight hours are very short.