City on the Edge by Matt & Agnes Hage in Anchorage, Alaska, USA

For us, living in Anchorage is about exploring the mountains, rivers and coastlines that surround it. What the city has to offer is pretty limited. But what you can get into just a few minutes out of town is world class. This selection of pictures sums up what we love about living here.

Name:Matt & Agnes Hage

Photographer & Producer


Traveling the world, meeting interesting people and drinking their beer.

Tell us about the place you live:

Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska with a population of 350K people. It’s not the capital city, that’s Juneau, but it is the center of business/commerce. The city is hemmed in between Cook Inlet and the Chugach Mountains. There are three creeks that run through town and wild salmon return to spawn in them every year. Bears utilize the city’s extensive trail network to fish these creeks and hardly anyone ever sees one. We have six craft breweries, each of which makes a solid IPA.

A perfect day?

Skiing a 40″ (100 cm) day at Alyeska Resort followed by pizza and beer at The Moose’s Tooth. Cap the day off with a cocktail downtown at SubZero. All on a Wednesday.

What is the best thing about your spot?

Winter: We get a shit ton of snow.

What is the worst?

Way too much violent crime for the population.

What would be surprising about this place to an outsider?

The city spends all winter clearing the streets of snow and then trucks it all back downtown to cover the streets for the start of the Iditarod sled dog race in March.

Who are three of your favorite artists?

Beth Wald, Michael Franti, John McPhee


Name:Matt & Agnes Hage


Favorite place to eat:

Beartooth Grille

Favorite place to drink:

SubZero Bistro & Microlounge

Favorite shop:

Her Tern

Local Tip:

The gift shop at The Alaska Native Medical Center is the best place to buy authentic pieces made by artists around the state. The artists often spend time at the shop and seem eager to talk with customers about their work and life out in Alaska.

Must Do:

Come in March and see the start of the Iditarod sled dog race in downtown Anchorage. It’s a great time to be in town and there’s nothing quite like it anywhere else.