Who could miss a chance to check out Hope? It's located on the south shore of Turnagain Arm.
While its history predates Anchorage, it's never been big. For a short time it was home to about 3000 and now claims nearly 200 residents, with a number of log homes over a century old.
Downtown seems to consist of a cafe, bar, and RV park featuring $15 dry, $20 per night with electric. "Water is available on the porch." We can't vouch for any of the local establishments, but the view from the RV park is pretty nice. There is a library and a museum in town as well.
Some of the more recent mining(?) efforts became fodder for the regular "rust" feature of this blog.
Hope is located about 16 miles west of Alaska 1 on the north shore of the Kenai peninsula.