Quality of Life
From the thrill of hooking a halibut to savoring the best in locally-brewed craft beers, there are no limits on what Alaska has to offer. Economic opportunities abound in a business-friendly environment that is made richer by thriving urban centers and pristine wilderness. Alaska is the perfect location for people who want to work hard and live life to the fullest.
The Last Frontier
Of the 50 states, Alaska has the largest land area and the lowest population density. It has the continent’s highest mountains and the majority of the country’s designated wilderness lands. Crisscrossed by frothing rivers, majestic mountains, and verdant forests, the opportunities for adventure are innumerable.
Best of all, this greatness all exists in residents’ backyards. The greater Anchorage area boasts hundreds of miles of trails, open year-round to cross country skiers, bikers, runners, and families out for a stroll. Less than an hour away, the Alyeska Resort in Girdwood offers world-class downhill skiing and snowboarding in the winter and unparalleled hiking and biking in the summer. Other ski and hiking areas nearby are Hilltop, Arctic Valley and Skeetawk.
Further north, Alpine skiers can hit Moose Mountain in Fairbanks for a 1,300 foot vertical drop, or ride the continent’s most northern chair lift at Ski Land. In Southeast Alaska, Juneau’s Eaglecrest offers Alaskans both Nordic trails and downhill runs and rainforest hiking, located on a picturesque island just minutes from downtown. All of this is on top of what Alaska is known for – the world-class fishing!
But there is more to Alaska than its wild side. It offers diverse shopping, entertainment and world-class restaurants. Alaskans can explore the Seward Music & Arts Festival after a leisurely ride on the Alaska Railroad, or join the thousands from around the world who flock to the annual Salmonfest music festival in Ninilchik, on the Kenai Peninsula. The classics – opera, dance, symphonies, and even the latest music stars – can be caught on stages around the state.
Foodies will find Alaska’s tables on the cutting edge, with a focus on locally-sourced ingredients from around the state. Brewers, vintners, farmers, and fishermen join together to create uniquely northern tastes that appeal to all ages, ranging from spruce tip beer to Sockeye salmon bisque baby food. Classic Americana is also on the menu for those seeking comfort food, with almost all national chains represented around the state.
In short, there is a perfect mix of classic Alaska activities – such as the famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race – and modern entertainment, all topped off with locally-sourced fine food and drink.
Anchorage is served by Ted Stevens International Airport, which hosts more than 5 million passengers a year and is second in the United States for landed weight and among the top five in the world for cargo throughput. This central hub is supported by a network of air and water transport serves the rest of the state.
Alaska’s central location also means residents are no more than a few hours away from most of the world, often on direct flights. Inside the state, travel is almost always picturesque, whether exploring rainforests by ferry on the Alaska Marine Highway system, or gazing at the aurora borealis from an Alaska Railroad train.