Though Anchorage is sometimes considered merely the gateway to Alaska, the City of Lights abounds with its own adventures—even in winter. The city boasts hundreds of snowshoe and cross-country trails, including Kincaid Park, a world-class Nordic ski area. Or bundle up for a dogsled or sleigh ride through the woods. Thrill-seekers will find several ice-climbing and downhill skiing spots just 45 minutes away. Plus, Chugach National Forest and the Kenai Peninsula are right at Anchorage’s doorstep.