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Tackling a 50-pound salmon: Anglers can cast for huge king salmon or feisty silvers while wading among reflections of skyscrapers at Ship Creek.
Winter celebrations: Beginning in late February, locals celebrate the two-week Fur Rendezvous. Events—from the blanket toss to the Running of the Reindeer, Alaska's spin on Pamplona's tradition—lead up to the start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in early March.
Shopping: Shops and vendors at the Saturday and Sunday markets sell everything from kid-friendly tchochtkes to elegant Native crafts and locally produced foods.
Seafood: Dining out in Anchorage means local halibut, salmon, king-crab legs, scallops, and oysters. Many of the city's finest restaurants hide in not-so-pretty strip malls.
Hiking and biking: Laced with more than 120 mi of paved urban trails, Anchorage is a paradise for hikers and bicyclists. Rugged paths lead from town into the Chugach Mountains.
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