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10 of the best state parks in America

By: Josh Lew on Feb. 11, 2014, 9:32 a.m.
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Chugach State Park

With nearly 500,000 acres, Alaska's Chugach State Park is one of the largest state parks in the country. Alaska is known as a vast and wild land, and Chugach is one of the most accessible places to see the state's wilderness for yourself.

The park sits right next to the city of Anchorage, Alaska's main metropolis. Chugach features mountains, glaciers, miles of remote shoreline and inland lakes. Campsites and cabins make it possible to explore the park in depth, but because of its proximity to Anchorage, day trips are also quite easy. Moose, bears, foxes, mountain goats and muskrats are among Chugach's animal population.