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Lived there nine years, a big change from the DC area where I am now.

Rail system is a lot of fun. If you're based in Anchorage you can take it south to Seward (or Whittier, but Seward is much better) or north to Denali. From Denali, there are shuttle buses into the park, where you can ride for a while -- then get out and hike -- and then flag another bus back.

While Denali is great,especially for viewing the grizzlies, I loved Seward and kept a boat there. Take the all day Kenai Fjords cruise, get a harborside table at Ray's for dinner and hike to Exit Glacier, which is just off the road, but you can get a cab or van there from downtown Seward. Also check out Mt. Marathon in Seward, one of the oldest continuous races in the U.S.

You might conside a one or two day car from Anchorage to Seward because there are so many great stops along the way. It would be worth it, because the road to Seward is full of wonderful stops.

From Anchorage south you can see Dall sheep often right along the road, beluga wales in Turnagain Arm and the Portage Glacier. You can take the tram to the top of Alyeska -- and have a great hike/mt. bike down about 3,000 vertical feet.

Another great spot to stop in Girdwood is the Double Muskie for blackened red salmon. Let me know if I can help out further. BTW, there's a great running community in ANC and they put on some wonderful races.
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