Tucked into the end of a greenbelt valley, one of Anchorage’s favorite municipal parks is a man-made freshwater lagoon at the edge of Midtown, running from the shoreline upstream along Chester Creek. Two major trails meet here, the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and the Chester Creek Trail. In summer, rent kayaks for a pleasant paddle or watch waterfowl, the occasional moose and cyclists and runners on the trails. In winter, the city clears a large space on the ice for skating, and skaters can admire the Chugach Mountains eastward, skiers and cyclists on the trails—and the occasional moose. We’ve never skated in a finer locale anywhere, and wouldn’t visit Anchorage in winter without hitting the ice at Westchester.
- Open Hours: Monday to Sunday from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
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