by Alex Palmer | September 30, 2016

Alaska may have a reputation for being chilly, but incentive groups visiting the state's biggest city will get a warm reception, with world-class hotels and event venues (such as the Hotel Captain Cook and Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center), and lots of activities.

Those who enjoy learning about the local history and culture of a destination will want to set aside time for both the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center and the Alaska Native Heritage Center. The former touts itself as a "catalyst for conversations" with exhibits and events tackling pressing topics such as energy extraction and climate change, while the latter hosts a range of programs where attendees not only learn about the state's rich and varied Native cultures and practices, but experience them firsthand.

Anchorage boasts a number of terrific local brews, including King Street and Broken Tooth. But one of the newest offerings for suds enthusiasts is the 49th State Brewing Company's Anchorage Brewpub, serving up Alaskan seafood and local carnivore cuisine, along with a rotating menu of microbrews. It also has two theaters, a rooftop patio, and two-story main dining room.

The jaw-dropping natural landscape is one of many things that make Alaska so special, and perhaps the best way to take it in is from the air. Attendees who book a flightseeing tour with K2 Aviation can view landmarks such as the Susitna Valley, South Hunter Ice Fall, and 20,310-foot-high Denali mountain and Denali National Park and Preserve -- even landing on a glacier if conditions allow -- from four- and six-seat planes that fly directly out of nearby Talkeetna.