Anchorage AK., the home of more than half of the population of Alaska is known as both the "City of Lights" (winter) and the "City of Flowers" (summer). It possesses all the cultural amenities and activities one would expect from any urban center, but this one just happens to be surrounded by an awesome wilderness of mountains and valleys, glaciers and fjords, active and inactive volcanoes.
Anchorage has a long history of cultural diversity. Many of the residents participate in nearby recreational and subsistence activities. Anchorage has over 162 parks, including 10 large reserves. Recreation activities include downhill and cross-country skiing, ice hockey, fishing, golf, swimming, hiking, biking and camping. The George Sullivan Sports Arena, Alaska Performing Arts Center, Egan Convention Center and many other facilities host cultural and entertainment events.