Wherever you go, wilderness surrounds you: mountains loom large, animals show themselves, and small towns appear like mirages.
The pristine wilderness of Alaska is, perhaps, the last vestige of thriving populations of North American wildlife. You can see polar bears, bald eagles, blue and humpbacked whales, gray wolves, grizzly bears, orcas, lynx, moose, and hundreds of other rare and endangered species in their original and undisturbed natural habitats
Alaska is home to fantastic national parks, five of which are easily accessible as a day trip from Anchorage.
Within Anchorage's boundaries is Chugach State Park, the third-largest state park in the nation and a stunning backdrop to the Anchorage landscape. Encompassing the park, the 5.6-million-acre Chugach National Forest is the nation's second largest national forest.
Surrounding Mount McKinley, the tallest peak on the continent at 20,320 feet, is the 6 million acre Denali National Park & Preserve. Denali National Park offers great wildlife viewing and colorful wilderness expanses.
Home Sweet Home
I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.
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Summer and winter outdoor activities abound in the nearby Chugach National Forest, Russian Jack Park and Coastal Trail. Enjoy world class skiing at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood. Come join us for Fur Rondy in February, and the Iditarod is a great time to come in March! And heading out of town . . . easy access to the Seward Highway heading south to Girdwood and the Kenai peninsula, and to the Glen Highway heading north to the Matanuska-Susitna valley, Wasilla, Palmer, Denali National Park, Fairbanks. South to Portage Glacier and the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, the old mining town of Hope and on to the Kenai Lake and river. North to Wasilla, the home of the Iditarod, Muskox farm, Hatcher Pass and the historic Independence Mine, the quaint town of Talkeetna, lunch stop before heading to Denali National Park, Fairbanks and the arctic.
Fabulous shopping from Nordstrom to boutiques like Second Run, Blush, Skinny Raven in the SoNo District and stores specializing in Alaska hand-crafted arts and crafts, Once In A Blue Moose, Cabin Fever and many more.