Anchorage grew up on the shores of a salmon stream. Business workers can cast a line in Ship Creek on lunch break and land a fresh fish for dinner. Six mountain ranges are viewable from the city, there are 60 glaciers within a 50 mile radius, and roughly 1,500 moose roam through parks and gardens. At the same time, museums and cultural centers provide enriching civility, hotels with full-service amenities comfortably accommodate guests, artisans from all regions of Alaska sell their wares (tax free) in local galleries and award-winning chefs serve up exquisite eats created with locally sourced ingredients. Anchorage is an exceptional blend of cosmopolitan chic and rugged wild. Read on to discover more surprising contradictions that makes Anchorage such a delightful destination.