Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska, located in the Southcentral region. Anchorage is a municipality: essentially a combined city and county. The urbanized city is defined by Muldoon Road to the east, Rabbit Creek Road to the south, and Cook Inlet to the north and west. Several small suburbs are within the Municipality of Anchorage while physically outside what most Anchorageites would call the "Anchorage" proper area. These include Eagle River and Chugiak to the north and Girdwood to the south.
Alaska is well-known for its winters -- but most visitors come in the summer, when the days are long and the temperatures are moderate. Many people consider the period between May and early September to be the best time to visit Anchorage.