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Alaskan Beauty On Your Doorstep

New York City may boast of its Central Park, but Anchorage puts that puny patch in the shade. This 495,000-plus-acre state park - one of the largest in the United States - includes mountains, coastline and forests, most of which is within the city's limits. It is a stunning example of what an "urban green space" truly means, and can only be found in Alaska.

The Lakeside Trail, more than 12 miles in length, takes visitors along the shore of Eklutna Lake up to the glacier. You can hike the trail, or take a mountain bike, ATV or ride horses along the path. Alternatively, visit the Eagle River Nature Center, with is exhibitions on local wildlife and geology. The historic Iditarod Trail also cuts through the Center, with nearly three miles leading to the Chugach Mountains.

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