Alaska's largest city boasts a spectacular physical setting. Nestled in the center of six mountain ranges, on a clear day North Americas tallest mountain, Mt. McKinley, or Denali as the Natives call it, is visible from the downtown. More than 60 glaciers are within 50 miles of Anchorage, and the third largest state park in the nation is fully encompassed within the citys boundaries. Living this close to natures grandeur, it isnt surprising that the locals are outdoorsy folks. The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail lures recreational joggers, cross country skiers and more than a few bicycle riding commuters. Signs along the trail remind users that bear and moose have the right of way not something you usually associate with an urban area. Far from being a city of hunters and lumberjacks, the 70s boom in oil prices gave Anchorage the money to build itself into a sophisticated cultural center. The city boasts a symphony, an opera company and a performing arts center than hosts numerous concerts and theatrical productions. This city of contrasts the states commercial center in a sylvan setting is appealing to many: more than 40% of Alaskas total population calls Anchorage home.