Southcentral - Anchorage - Kenai Peninsula

Glacier Cruises, Wildlife, Kenai River Fishing, Girdwood, Whale Watching

The Southcentral region in Alaska is one of our most popular hot spots. With abundant fishing and wildlife, wilderness trails and urban shopping, access to many of Alaska’s national parks and glaciers, the South Central region including the Kenai Peninsula, is a must for any Alaska vacation itinerary. Many Alaska cruise tours depart from the nearby ports of Whittier and Seward. A visit to this area is perfect before or after an Inside Passage cruise or a visit to Denali National Park.

The most popular destinations in Alaska’s Southcentral region are the Kenai Peninsula, Anchorage, Talkeetna, Girdwood, Seward, Homer, and Valdez. This region also is home to Kenai Fjords National Park, known for its glaciers and marine wildlife, and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, home to nine of the tallest 16 mountains in the country, as well as the glacier-filled Prince William Sound, the famous Kenai River, and the Chugach National Forest. Remote lodges, such as Caribou Lodge, Riversong Lodge, and Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge, offer diverse wilderness experiences.

In the winter, locals and visitors alike flock to Alyeska Ski Resort in Girdwood. In March and April, gray whales migrate past Seward, providing an excellent opportunity to see these majestic mammals. Anchorage hosts the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race the first weekend in March, and the official start is in Willow the following day.

Alaska’s largest airport is in Anchorage, making it a convenient place to begin and/or end your Alaska vacation. From Anchorage, you can fly to many other destinations in the state. The Alaska Railroad and scheduled bus service in summer connects Anchorage to both Seward and Whittier. The Alaska Marine Highway ferry operates in Prince William Sound between Whittier, Valdez, and Cordova several times per week. And on more limited schedule, the ferry operates between Homer, Seldovia and Kodiak Island.

The most practical way to reach most of the region is via the well maintained highway system. Both the Seward Highway and the Glenn Highway are nationally recognized Scenic Byways because of their unique beauty. Imagine stopping along the highway to view a roadside glacier, a pod of beluga whales or a black bear fishing for his dinner. Every day in South Central Alaska, you will experience something uniquely special!

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Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $99 / per person

Enjoy an Anchorage day trip through Anchorage’s rapidly growing craft beer scene. Alaska now has over 30 craft breweries throughout the state.  Join your very knowledgeable... View Tour Details

Duration: 6 Days
Starting at: $3739 / per person

For those wishing to travel deeper into the wilderness of Denali National Park while still having access to modern amenities, this “Denali Deluxe” tour out of Anchorage... View Tour Details

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Duration: 7 Days
Starting at: $1259 / per person

Begin your Alaska vacation in Anchorage before traveling north to the Knik Valley. Sheltered by the Chugach Mountains and surrounded by over ten glaciers including Knik Glacier, Knik... View Tour Details

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Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $249 / per person

Today’s Alaska glacier adventure begins with a pick up by your driver at your Anchorage hotel. Your driver will provide narration on points of interest during the scenic... View Tour Details

Duration: 5 Days
Starting at: $1299 / per person

Experience the world famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Be there for the ceremonial start and the official restart of this iconic dog sledding competition in Alaska. This tour features a... View Tour Details

Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $195 / per person

Access Alaska’s backcountry on an ATV day tour out of Anchorage or Girdwood! To begin your day trip drive to Bird Creek, located on the Seward Highway between Anchorage and... View Tour Details