Located about 13 miles south of downtown, this sprawling state park is one of the largest in the country, clocking in at nearly half a million acres of hiking trails, ski areas, rock-climbing spots and wildlife habitat. Chugach is the perfect place to experience untouched Alaska without a long drive. And according to recent visitors, the breathtaking scenery is worth the 20-minute drive, especially because the park offers numerous trails of varying lengths, including some that are ideal for day hikes. Other visitors recommend booking a guided tour to get the history of the park, too.
You can access Chugach State Park year-round from the Seward Highway. While there is no specific entry fee, you will have to pay a $5 fee to park. Check the park's website for more information.