Known as the Last Frontier, Alaska is the America's northernmost state, and Anchorage is its largest city. In terms of area, Anchorage is larger than Rhode Island, though the Anchorage Metropolitan Area is home to only 400,000 people. Alaska is known for its natural wonders, and Anchorage is a great jumping off point for visitors to experience untouched wilderness. People looking to escape the heat of the south can enjoy Anchorage's cooler temperatures while exploring all the sights the city has to offer.

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Visitors who travel to Anchorage to see the wonders of Mother Nature will not be disappointed. Kenai Fjords, Denali, Lake Clark, and Katmai national parks are all close enough. The less adventurous may enjoy the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, a bike path that follows the shore of Cook Inlet and offers great views of Mount Susitna. Anchorage also has some of the world's highest tides. Visitors to Turnagain Arm can see the bore tide, a wave that's up to six feet tall.

Woman sending a blowing kiss to Holgate glacier to wish it farewell, Alaska A&J Fotos / Getty Images