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Chugach State Park

Nearly 500,000 acres of southern Alaska is taken up by the gorgeous Chugach State Park – set just east of Anchorage.

The third-largest state park in the country, Chugach State Park features everything from trailheads and fishing lakes to nature centers and whale watching.

Plan to explore the Chugach State Park by foot – you’re in luck. This Alaska state park offers numerous trailheads throughout the area, including the 13-mile Eklutna Lakeside Trail and the one-mile Thunder Bird Falls Trail.

Many of these trails double as bicycle paths, include the 11-mile Powerline Trail to Indian, or the 5.5-mile Bird Creek Trail.

Looking to get off your feet? Try a classic road trip down the Seward Highway leading from Anchorage to the coastal city of Seward – designated as a National Scenic Byway and All-American Road.

Be sure to pull over at Beluga Point for whale spotting along the Seward Highway, or get your camera ready for the Dall sheep at the Windy Corner stop.

For some more adventure in the Chugach State Park, try canoeing or kayaking where safe on the Eagle River. During the winter months, try snowmobiling in the Eklutna Lake Valley on the Eklutna Lake Trailhead, or zip down the Peters Creek Trail, Powerline Trail to Indian, and the River Trail At North Fork.

Whether exploring the north, south or central sections of this Alaskan playground, be sure to take your time in the Chugach State Park.

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Best Western Golden Lion Hotel

1000 E 36th Avenue, Anchorage AK 99508-4304
Phone: +1 907-561-1522  |  Fax: (907) 743-4814  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Plus Edgewater Hotel

202 5th Avenue, Seward AK 99664
Phone: +1 907-224-2700  |  Fax: (907) 224-2701  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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