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Anchorage in the running for ‘Best Town’ honor

By Heather Hintze 2:45 PM June 3, 2014
ANCHORAGE –

Update:

Provo, Utah edged out Anchorage in the final vote tally. outsidemagazine.com

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Sure, Anchorage is beautiful but what really makes it the best town to live in?

How about a back yard fishing hole just blocks from downtown?

“Anchorage is the best because you can drive five minutes and be in a place like this and go fishing, get all the different kind of salmon right in your back door,” said Cameron Bush who was fishing with friends at Ship Creek.

Anchorage is competing against Provo, Utah in Outside Magazine’s “America’s Best Place to Live” online poll. So far we’ve beat out Tuscon, Arizona, Durango, Colorado and Boulder, Colorado in the west region.

Bush said if you don’t have the patience for fishing you don’t have to look very far to find another activity.

“We’re surrounded by mountains, so you can go hiking any time, you’ve got the Coastal Trail so you can see the inlet just right there in your back yard too. Just everywhere is awesome. You’ll always see something new. Moose everywhere,” said Bush.

For Kim Kovol, it’s places like Westchester Lagoon that make Anchorage stand out.

“There’s no place else you can come on your lunch break and throw a stick for your dog on a beautiful, gorgeous day. It just makes Anchorage awesome,” said Kovol.

Of course if you somehow run out of things to do around town, the even greater outdoors are just a plane ride away.

“To have the world’s largest sea plane base in Anchorage it just gives you the ultimate access into the back countries of Alaska,” said pilot John Ellison. “With all the rivers and lakes and ocean just a float plane away, there’s just unequal access.”

Then there’s Anchorage’s Crown Jewel of hiking, Flattop. With miles of trail and backcountry, it’s a popular spot for locals.

The view also draws in tourists, like Devin Prows, who grew up just 45 minutes from Provo, Utah.

He said his vote goes to Anchorage.

“Anchorage has a lot to offer, as well as Provo but you can’t beat this right here. The snow is better. The people are better, the restaurant choice is better, everything.”

Voting ends June 2 at 8 p.m. Alaska time. Click here to cast your vote.

With a short time left to vote, Anchorage remains several thousand votes behind Provo, Utah in the race to earn the title of Outdoor Magazine’s “Best Town.”

Alaska’s largest community has already beaten out Tucson, Arizona and Durango, Colorado, according to Outdoor Magazine. Now, Anchorage is more than 3,200 votes behind Provo. Voting for this round of the competition ends at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time Tuesday, according to the magazine, and people can vote by clicking here.

If Anchorage wins its bracket, it will face either Minneapolis or Duluth, Minnesota in the fight for the crown.

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