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Kincaid Park is the ideal place for when you need an escape from city life without having to actually leave Anchorage. Overlooking Cook Inlet from the city's southwest corner, this 1,400-acre park is home to dozens of hiking, biking and cross-country ski trails, gardens and even some of Alaska's favorite furry friends like moose, fox and porcupines. With so much to offer, this park is a perfect urban escape for both a wilderness adventure and a leisurely day outdoors. Recent visitors said the trails are kept in top shape, making it easy to spend the day wandering as you please.

Kincaid Park is open to nature lovers every day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and is reached by both Raspberry Road and the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. And the best part: You don't have to pay to play. For more information, visit Anchorage's Parks and Recreation website.

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#1 Tony Knowles Coastal Trail For a family-friendly outdoor excursion, grab your camera and hit the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, named for the for former Alaska governor Tony Knowles. Winding its way from the downtown ... Read more » Kevin Smith / Design Pics / Getty Images

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