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Anchorage Parks and Trails: A Traveler's Guide

Known as America’s final frontier, Alaska is home to countless trails and parks to explore. Anchorage itself boasts more than 200 parks and 250 miles of trails perfect for a hike, run, or even bike. With all these trails within city limits, you don’t even need to leave to enjoy all that the beautiful state of Alaska has to offer.

Anchorage’s trails feature wooded areas, paved pathways, and the opportunity to discover wildlife and beautiful vistas. These are some of Anchorage’s must-see parks and trails:

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Ride Down the Coastal Trail

The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail takes you along the shore of Cook Inlet, through the city’s bustling downtown, and on to Kincaid Park, a 1,400-acre park with even more trails to discover. The 11-mile paved trail takes you on a tour of Alaska’s diverse scenery, from coastal marshes to tree-lined hills. Many visitors have also spotted eagles, moose, and other wildlife on the trail.

The best way to enjoy this trail is by bike, and there are numerous bike rental companies offering a cheap way to explore the city. As the trail takes you out of the city and along the coast, you’ll find breathtaking views of Mount Susitna—and even Denali and Mount Foraker on a clear day.

You can even cross a few other sights off your Anchorage bucket list as you traverse the Coastal Trail. Take a stop at one of the many viewpoints and parks along the way, including Earthquake Park and Point Woronzof.

In the summer, you’ll find a lot of running events taking place along the Coastal Trail, from the Mayor’s Marathon to the Anchorage RunFest. There are also Segway tours and other group tours available to explore the trail.

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