5 Fun Facts for Friday: Anchorage, Alaska

5 Fun Facts for Friday: Anchorage, Alaska5 Fun Facts for Friday: Anchorage, Alaska

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My high school English teacher used to start class on Friday with 5 words or phrases written on the board.  He’d then regale us with information and history about the words or phrases, varying from tidbits about their etymology to the translation of foreign phrases to quotes and more.  He called it Five Fun Facts for Friday.  If we walked into class and there weren’t 5 words on the board, we’d start asking about that day’s five fun facts.

Years later, and I do mean many years, I still remember this teacher and the way he made learning fun.  I’ve also noticed when I come across little tidbits of information that I often think of them in terms of five fun facts, so today I’m going to share some fun facts with you.

While I’m not promising that I’ll have five fun facts every Friday, I think you’ll see the concept again!

Alaska, our 49th state is often the last one that travelers visit on their quest to visit all 50. But for me, it was the first one outside of my home state of Washington. I was 11 years old when I made my first trip there, to Fairbanks, but I’ve been back many times, spending time in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau.

Here are five fun facts about Anchorage, Alaska:

  1. There are 50 glaciers within a day’s drive of Anchorage.
  2. There are approximately 100 languages spoken in the Anchorage School District. After English, the primary languages spoken are Spanish, Hmong, Samoan, Tagalog and Yup’ik.
  3. The largest king salmon ever caught in Alaska was caught south of Anchorage on the Kenai River. Its weight was 97 1/4 pounds.
  4. There are 135 miles of paved, multi-use trails in Anchorage.
  5. It’s estimated that there are 1,500 moose living in Anchorage.

Need one more reason to head to Anchorage? On a clear day, you can see the 20,310 foot Denali from downtown Anchorage.


Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury – luxury for real people – and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world.

When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Israel, Stockholm, and a Baltic cruise.

2 Responses to “5 Fun Facts for Friday: Anchorage, Alaska”

  1. July 18, 2017 at 11:43 am #

    Love the way your teacher inspired you to tweak his idea into something of your own! These are the people who stand out in our lives – I have a few of my own, too!

    • July 21, 2017 at 7:13 am #

      Thirty plus years later, I still look back and see how this teacher influenced me in so many ways. Very thankful!

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