"...let me be the first to tell you that the state’s biggest city is by no means a Lower 48–style city. Sure, there’s a wee Nordstrom and an international airport but, from time to time, moose wander through downtown."

Author Jenna Schneur explains how adding days in Anchorage can deepen the experience before or after an Alaska cruise. Published in AFAR, "Why Your Alaska Cruise Should Include Extra Time in Anchorage" explains the appeals of Anchorage for cruise passengers, from outdoor joys like the Coastal Trail and hikes with Ascending Path to local food, the Anchorage Museum and the Alaska Native Heritage Center, and free concerts downtown through the summer. Read Schnuer's Anchorage article in AFAR.