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It takes more than a day to ex­pe­ri­ence the Last Fron­tier.

>> THURS­DAY

Anchorage has hun­dreds of miles of trails, but if you have to pick one it is the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail along the shores of Cook Inlet. With sev­eral ac­cess points (bring your mos­quito spray!), it of­fers out­stand­ing views of the city’s man­made and nat­u­ral sky­lines fea­tur­ing Sleep­ing Lady and the Alaska Range to the West and, on a clear day, De­nali to the north.

SATUR­DAY

We drove the hour or so from Anchorage to Whittier through the 2.1-mile An­der­son tun­nel (it’s a one-way, so check the sched­ule) and hopped aboard a cruise past tide­wa­ter glaciers spot­ting seals, otters and thou­sands of kit­ti­wakes on the cliffs. The crew will also fish some fresh ice chunks from Prince Wil­liam Sound to make glacier mar­gar­i­tas, an Alaska clas­sic.

SUN­DAY-TUES­DAY

Next up was board­ing the Alaska Rail­road for a trip to De­nali Park. The fol­low­ing day we boarded a bus for the 92-mile trek to the Kan­tishna Road­house at the end of the De­nali High­way. I highly rec­om­mend it over a half-day trip, as we spotted far more bears, moose and Dall sheep than those who didn’t travel as deeply into the park.

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