During the summer, Anchorage, Alaska is in the heart of the “Land of the Midnight Sun”.
Go for a stroll or take a ride on the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail which hugs the water (pictured, right). You can look across the water and watch sun slide toward the horizon. The sunset lasts for hours—and it never gets completely dark.
In fact, you have to get up really early to see the sun rise over the 3,000-foot mountains to the east of the city.
Another by-product of the long summer days is the robust flowers that spring up all around Anchorage, Alaska. Take a walk around Anchorage's colorful Town Square (below). You'll see flowers of all shapes and sizes. Stroll over to the "Log Cabin" visitor center, where you'll see a mileage chart to many other world capitals.
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Anchorage is located at 61°13'06" North, 149°53'57"
West in South Central Alaska. It lies slightly farther north than Oslo, Helsinki and St. Petersburg. It is northeast of the Alaska Peninsula, Kodiak Island, and Cook Inlet, due north of the Kenai Peninsula, northwest of Prince William Sound and Alaska Panhandle, and nearly due south of Mount McKinley/Denali.
The city of Anchorage, Alaska is on a strip of coastal lowland and
extends up the lower alpine slopes of the Chugach Mountains. To the south is Turnagain Arm, a fiord that has some of the world's highest tides. Knik Arm, another tidal inlet, lies to the west and north. The Chugach Mountains on the east form a boundary to development, but not to the city limits, which encompass part of the wild alpine territory of Chugach State Park. The city's seacoast consists mostly of treacherous mudflats.
Adjacent to the north is Matanuska-Susitna Borough (Mat-Su Valley, or just "the valley"), which is included with the MOA as a metropolitan area by the US Census. Although the Mat-Su is a "bedroom community" for Anchorage, the towns, suburbs, farms and homesteads there have varied local cultures quite distinct from that of Anchorage proper. Between metropolitan Anchorage and the valley the communities of Eagle River, Chugiak, and Birchwood, although part of the MOA, also have distinct identities.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the municipality has a total area of 1,961.1 square miles (5,079.2 km²), of which 1,697.2 square miles (4,395.8 km²) is land and 263.9 square miles (683.4 km²) is water. The total area is 13.46% water. The area of Anchorage is thus larger than that of Rhode Island.
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