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For culture, the Anchorage Museum and Alaska Native Heritage Center are hard to beat. The former is the state’s largest museum with permanent displays of Alaskan art, history, science and Native culture, plus a planetarium. The latter has full-sized replica villages representing each of the state’s various indigenous people, along with craft making exhibitions, dances and many other live cultural displays. The best way to get your bearings upon arriving in Anchorage is with the daily free 45-minute walking tour of the city led by a National Park Service Ranger — something few cities offer — which departs for the Alaska Public Lands Information Center downtown. After all, Alaska has more National Park and Forest than any other state, by a huge margin. There are also hour-long narrated trolley tours of the city.