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: 15 Days
Starting at: $3209 / per person

This self-drive tour takes you from Anchorage to Talkeetna, Denali, Fairbanks, Kennicott, Seward and Homer. This ultimate “All Alaska” driving tour provides you with a... Read more.

Duration: 8 Days
Starting at: $1549 / per person

Discover more of Alaska on our “Great Alaska Road Trip” while you visit Denali National Park and Seward and take a cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park! Enjoy Alaska at... Read more.

Duration: 9 Days
Starting at: $2279 / per person

Especially designed for families, slow down, have fun and see major highlights including Denali National Park and Kenai Fjords National Park. The itinerary for this exciting family... Read more.

Duration: 6 Days
Starting at: $1529 / per person

From tidewater glaciers to the tallest mountain in America, you’ll be treated to the best Alaska has to offer – all in only 6 days! This popular Alaska tour out of... Read more.

Fully guided cruise and land tour
Duration: 12 Days
Starting at: $2599 / per person

Your experienced Alaska guide will help make your “Gold Rush and Glacier Bay” vacation smooth and enjoyable as you experience the attractions of Alaska and Canada’s... Read more.

Escorted Tour
Duration: 8 Days
Starting at: $2229 / per person

Packed with multiple highlights, this escorted bus tour gives you the experience of a lifetime in the 49th state! Travel by deluxe motor coach or van with an expert guide who will... Read more.

Escorted Tour
Duration: 6 Days
Starting at: $1529 / per person

The Alaska Explorer Tour is a one-way, guided group bus tour, ideal for a pre-cruise adventure in Alaska. In addition to expert commentary by your tour leader, in Fairbanks, a visit... Read more.

Duration: 12 Days
Starting at: $2839 / per person

This tour is a great adventure! Ride the Alaska Railroad, explore Denali National Park, search for gold, meet a sled dog team and much more! This “Circle Alaska” adventure... Read more.

Escorted Tour
Duration: 8 Days
Starting at: $2599 / per person

The Alaska National Parks tour is a guided Alaska group tour by bus and by railroad featuring two amazing iconic parks: Denali National Park and Kenai Fjords National Park! This land... Read more.

Duration: 8 Days
Starting at: $2029 / per person

See two of Alaska’s most famous national parks including Denali National Park and Kenai Fjords National Park. These two iconic Alaska destinations provide the best... Read more.