A college friend of mine visited Alaska right after graduation, and that's all it took for him to move there for good. He lives in Homer, and tells me that he can walk out his back door, look across his property and see whales in Kachemak Bay. He keeps asking me to come visit, but I fear I'd catch the "bug", as well.
I have to second the Kenai fishing. If you have ever fly fished...There is some of the holy grail of fishing in the Kenai area. My wife told me i could go...but i have to take her to Spain first...She said if i were allowed to go to AK before that...We would live there and never leave lol.