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Towering peaks are within sight. On a clear day, six mountain ranges can be seen from downtown: the Chugach and Kenai Mountains, the Talkeetnas, Tordrillos, Aleutian and Alaska Ranges. North America's tallest mountain, Mount McKinley, beckons to the north.

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Majestic views can be found at the summit of Flattop Mountain, Anchorage's most popular day hike.
Majestic views can be found at the summit of Flattop Mountain, Anchorage's most popular day hike. ©Visit Anchorage/Jody Overstreet

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Flanked by one of the largest Alaska State Parks and surrounded by Alaska National Parks, Anchorage is the perfect starting point for outdoor adventures. See natural treasures, find amazing wildlife...
Thousands of years and immense geologic forces forged Alaska’s mountain ranges, six of which are visible from downtown Anchorage.
It’s half a million acres of wilderness encompassing 155 mountain peaks, rivers, valleys and lakes. Chugach State Park is the third largest state park in the country, and Alaska’s most accessible...
Top of the mountain – you made it! Even the most action-packed Anchorage adventures require an occasional break. So you plop into a powdery seat, breathe deep and cool, and take it all in: Blankets...
Some call them snowmobiles and others call them snowmachines, but whatever the name, skimming across the snow is a favorite Alaska winter pastime.
Anchorage has been recognized by Runners World, Bicycling Magazine and the American Hiking Society as having one of the best trail systems in the United States, and it’s easy to see why!
Folding into the foothills of East Anchorage, the Chugach Mountains provide some of the most accessible hiking, camping, wildlife viewing and climbing areas in Alaska.
The competition is steep, literally, for Alaska's mountain running events – a scenic, albeit challenging, way to explore Anchorage's wild backyard.
Escaping urban existence is easy. A quick drive and a short hike will get you isolated and enveloped into the natural world. And it all goes down in Anchorage’s backyard.
For visitors hoping to channel their inner sheep or Sherpas, there are as many climbing challenges around Anchorage as there are mountains.

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