Chugach State Park
- Type: Hiking, Parks and Gardens, Recreation
- Time to Spend: More than Full Day
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Located about 18 miles east of downtown, this sprawling state park is the third largest in the country, clocking in at 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 trip. As one Yelp.com user writes, "True, a lot of Anchorage is pretty much like any other American City, but Chugach is something unique and incredible … You can hike along a trail for days and traverse Glaciers while never leaving the city of Anchorage! Just as importantly, there are countless day hikes here for people of all abilities from something like 15 trail heads." To get the most out of this magnificent park, consider tagging along on a guided tour.
You can access Chugach State Park year-round from the Seward Highway. While there is no specific entry fee, you will have to pay to park and to camp. Check the park's website for more information.