Blessed with some of the state’s most impressive and iconic landscapes, Southcentral is the perfect entry-point for those looking to experience Alaska at its finest. Most land in Anchorage, the state’s largest city, and build their adventure from there. Unlike many of the state’s other national parks, Kenai Fjords is fairly accessible, being a short distance (by Alaska standards that is) from Anchorage. The crown jewel of the park is the Harding Icefield, 714 square miles of ice, up to a mile thick. It’s the smallest national park in Alaska, but make no mistake – it is an Arctic wonderland of spectacular glaciers and mountains, and magnificent deep fjords that are home to thousands of seafaring mammals and nesting seabirds.
A bit further away – but no less spectacular – is Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, the largest of all U.S. national parks and six times the size of Yellowstone! Intrepid travelers will be handsomely rewarded with the park’s magnificent combination of towering mountains, icy glaciers, sparkling lakes and alpine meadows. Rivers dot the remote and undisturbed mountain landscape, providing scenic vistas for world-class sport fishing and river rafting.