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In 1970 this magnificent area was declared a state park. Located within the municipality of Anchorage, Chugach State Park includes roughly 500,000 acres (202,343 hectares) of the Chugach Range and the surrounding landscape. The Eklutna Lake is the park's most unique proposition that beautifully mirrors the surrounding environs over its glassy surface. With a 5,000 foot (1,524 meters) vertical rise and three major campgrounds to the north of Anchorage, this wilderness area is filled with wildlife including moose, wolves, brown and black bears and more. It's a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts offering a plethora of activities that allow one to get up, close and personal with nature.
Forty miles south of Anchorage is a ski resort that offers a tram (holds 60 skiers), three double chairs, a high-speed quad, two quad chairs and two tow ropes. In addition, the property has 50km (786 acres) of cross-country skiing. The vertical drop is 2,500 feet with an annual snowfall of 580". There are 62 trails and 9 lifts; the longest run is 10,560 feet. Several restaurants and lounges are located within the Westin Alyeska Prince Resort, which is adjacent to the tram.
Voted the number one attraction to share with guests who come to Anchorage, this visitors center is very informative and educational. It features interpretive displays, an award-winning video titled "Voices from the Ice," and guided and unguided hikes. Visitors to the center can take in impressive views of the glacier and icebergs floating in the glacial lake nearby. Due to the center's location on the glacier, they are open seasonally so plan accordingly.
The Alaska Railroad covers 500 miles from Seward to Fairbanks. In 1985, the Railroad was purchased by the State of Alaska from the federal government. Rebuilt and improved on in 1997, the first floor is designated for passenger ticketing and tour information, and has historical photos of the Railroad's development dating back to 1914 when the construction began. Many different tours are available for purchase, including float trips, glacier cruises, sightseeing flights and jet boat safaris.