Anchorage is the only true “big city” you will visit in Alaska—because there aren’t any others! Your bit of trivia for today is that there are only three cities in Alaska that have over 10,000 population—Fairbanks, Juneau, and Anchorage. (Your bonus piece of trivia is that you CANNOT drive to Juneau. It is the only state capitol that is only accessible by boat or plane.)
Anchorage is the largest city (estimated at 300,000+ people) and is similar to big cities everywhere. It comes with traffic, stoplights, and lots of people. There are tons of restaurants, you can buy about anything, get your RV worked on, and your engine/generator fixed or serviced. Simply, if you need something or something done, you can probably solve the issue (get it or get it done) in Anchorage.
Be a bit careful as some RV parks in Anchorage are just the “pits.” We stayed in one for one night and then just left. It was so crowded and “tight” you almost had to step over your neighbor’s sewer hose to get into your RV. You were parked that close together. So, look around, spend time on Google, ask friends, call the campground and ask the “hard” questions.
The good news is that Anchorage is part of Alaska and there’s plenty of stuff to see and do around Anchorage as a tourist. One of the best was the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum—the history of the bush pilots in Alaska. I recommend you plan about a week here for first time visitors with lots of driving around in your vehicle.
When you leave Anchorage, you can head east or south (following my plan, you came in from the north). East is sort of headed out of the state and goes into Palmer You don’t need to visit Palmer from Anchorage because you will go through Palmer if you plan to drive back out of the state. If you are driving all the way back, when you finish the Kenai, you must go back to Anchorage and then head east through Palmer and other little towns to eventually get back on the Alaska Highway in Tok. Simply, you have to go way out of your way to miss Palmer unless you take the ferry back south.