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Chugach National Forest, Alaska

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#21 of 66 in Nature in Alaska
An outdoor playground for Alaskans, Chugach National Forest draws millions of annual visitors with its pristine nature and diverse landscapes. Featuring extensive coastline, evergreen forests, and magnificent glaciers spilling out into the Gulf of Alaska, Chugach is home to numerous bird, mammal, and marine species. If you make an effort to hike away from the main roads in late summer, chances are you'll see moose, sheep, mountain goats, and even bears feeding on salmon. Options for exploring the area include backcountry camping, hiking, mountain biking, rafting, kayaking, boating, and fishing. Put Chugach National Forest on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Anchorage trip maker website .
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  • Spectacular scenery. It's actually impossible to miss if you're in Seward, since the forest literally surrounds the town! Really friendly and helpful forest rangers too!  more »
  • We drove the Chugach National Forest en route from Seward to Anchorage. For about 40 miles, the Turnagain Arm was on the left side of the highway, and the Chugach National Forest was on the right side...  more »
  • This is a great National Forest with lots to offer (and lots of mosquitoes too!). Camp, hike, fish, ATV, endless opportunities. The part of the forest outside of Cordova, Alaska is very accessible fro...  more »

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Anchorage hotels increase room rates during the height of the tourist season, but you can visit the area economically any time of year by choosing a budget-friendly bed and breakfast or small inn. The city's downtown area contains the priciest rooms; most are offered by chain hotels. You can find less expensive rooms at a cluster of hotels located in Midtown, a largely commercial neighborhood with a good selection of restaurants and shops.
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