Visitor cabin in downtown Anchorage
Visit Anchorage’s log cabin helps visitors learn about Alaska’s largest city. Photo courtesy Visit Anchorage

Anchorage scored BIG in this month’s National Geographic.

The publication asked readers what was on their bucket list for 2017 and Anchorage placed ninth, with 4 percent of the vote. The top two destinations were Finland and Kauai, Hawaii with 9 percent of the vote. You can see the entire list of 21 destinations here.

In another story on great trips for winter, the Alaska Railroad ended up in first.

Take a train through Alaska’s winter wonderland

Alaska Railroad
The Aurora Winter Train glides across Alaska’s wintry landscape. Photo courtesy Mike Chris, Alaska Railroad Corporation

By Gulnaz Khan

The Alaska Railroad operates year-round, connecting Anchorage and Fairbanks. Watch landscapes drenched in ivory, sapphire blue skies and wild moose glide past your large windows from the warmth of the Aurora Winter Train. Spend a night in Fairbanks under the emerald glow of the aurora borealis, or get your adrenaline going in Anchorage with endless options for ice climbing, cross-country skiing, and dogsledding.

Must-see: Stop at the Aurora Ice Museum in Fairbanks, the world’s largest year-round ice environment, created from more than a thousand tons of snow. Don a complimentary parka and head to the bar for an appletini served in an ice glass.

Where to stay: Get off the beaten path at the remote Winterlake Lodge on the Iditarod National Historic Trail, where visitors fly over ice-glazed peaks and glittering lakes to reach a 15-acre adventurer’s paradise.

Fun fact: Auroras make weird noises — spectators often report the sounds of crackling and hissing during powerful displays.

Read the entire story.

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