• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
44s

Anchorage recognized as top outdoor city

By KTVA CBS 11 News 1:00 PM August 14, 2014
ANCHORAGE –

Anchorage has landed on another top 10 list.

This time, it’s for its abundant wildlife and access to adventure. Outside Magazine compiled more than 1.5 million votes in its contest to rank the greatest places to live in America. Not only did they use votes cast, but also a mathematical formula to score communities based on factors like unemployment rates, median incomes, outfitters, trails and bike shops.

Anchorage ranked fourth in the nation behind Duluth, Minnesota; Provo, Utah and Minneapolis, Minnesota. The magazine quoted Daybreak’s family fun expert, Erin Kirkland, who said, “Where the city ends, wilderness begins.”

Anchorage has more than 200 miles of trails, Cook Inlet, Turnagain Arm and six mountain ranges. With all these factors included, Anchorage scored an 83.

If you’re planning on moving to Anchorage, the magazine recommends starting in Spenard. They called it an up-and-coming neighborhood with good restaurants, a farmers’ market and trails.

Latest Stories

  • Sports

    Dimond, Bartlett pick up CIC soccer wins

    by KTVA Sports on Apr 01, 22:58

    Neither games were pretty, but Dimond and Bartlett each came away with wins Wednesday night — Dimond over Service 1-0 and Bartlett over Eagle River 4-1. Early on, neither the Lynx nor Cougars could turn any offensive production into points. Service’s Fischer Rogers came close in the second half, punching the ball past Dimond’s goalie, […]

  • Weather

    Hail? Think again

    by Carlos Faura on Apr 01, 22:46

    All at one time we had clouds, sun, rain, snow and …HAIL? I suspect that wasn’t hail but probably something called graupel.  It is closely related to hail but forms differently. Hail forms as rain falls from a thunderstorm, gets pushed back up high into the cloud by an updraft and freezing temperatures, freezes, then falls in […]

  • News

    Stabbing victim speaks out about terrifying attack on Anchorage trail

    by Bonney Bowman on Apr 01, 22:34

    The victim of a weekend stabbing is sounding the alarm — especially for other women — after she was attacked while walking alone on the Chester Creek Trail. Tanya Carter was walking to Providence to see a loved one on Sunday. She was almost to Goose Lake, so she started to text her son to let […]

  • News

    Ivory carvers mentor UAA students in traditional crafts

    by Heather Hintze on Apr 01, 22:30

    Ivory carving is an art form handed down from generation to generation. Shaktoolik native Levi Tetpon started working with walrus tusks when he was just nine years old. “My parents carved whatever they could get their hands on. Stone, bone, ivory, anything,” Tetpon said. Wednesday afternoon, he put the finishing touches on what he calls a […]

  • News

    Expansion project will give Anchorage drivers new east-west route

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 01, 22:16

    A project that will give Anchorage drivers a new way to get around town is taking shape. Construction crews have begun putting in place the huge steel girders that will support an overpass on Arctic Boulevard. The West Dowling Extension Project will connect the east side of town with the west side. Phase two, the […]

  • News

    1974: ‘Explosive’ April Fool’s Day joke still remembered

    by Emily Carlson on Apr 01, 22:08

    Sitka received the prank of a lifetime 41 years ago, and the joke is already in the history books. It was the vision that sparked a near panic in Sitka on April 1, 1974: a plume of smoke rising from Mt. Edgecumbe. Could the long dormant volcano be erupting? Bickar was in his eighth grade math class […]

  • News

    UAA athlete aims for Paralympic podium

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 01, 21:50

    Step by step — that’s the way we approach life’s greatest challenges. That statement is especially true for double-leg amputee Marko Cheseto. Cheseto’s speed took him from Kenya to Alaska to sprint for the University of Alaska Anchorage. It gave him a shot at a better life, but after the death of a friend he hit a low […]

  • Crime

    Off-duty Anchorage police officer injured by assailant at Rustic Goat

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Apr 01, 21:25

    Anchorage police say an off-duty officer’s arm was broken when he tried to arrest a man who was yelling profanities at diners in a West Anchorage restaurant Wednesday night. Just after 6 p.m., a man in his late 20s reportedly entered the Rustic Goat restaurant on Turnagain Street and began verbally assaulting diners, according to […]