There are few places in America that offer such a diverse array of natural beauty as South Central Alaska. From whales to glaciers, there is something to satiate every nature lover's appetite. Unlike those of most of Alaska, the wonders of South Central are traversable or viewable by car. There are roads to a majority of the beloved spots in the region.
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Handicapped-accessible in part, the Exit Glacier Trail loops through forest to vistas of the glacier. Connecting trails lead right to its edge.
The 8.2-mile round-trip Harding Icefield Trail climbs past the tree line to a sweeping panorama of one of the largest icefields on the continent.
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Guided boat tours offer fantastic scenery and the chance to see humpback whales, orcas, porpoises, sea lions, sea otters, mountain goats and eagles.
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Paddle a sea kayak in sheltered coves (with a guide unless you’re expert) for an excursion far quieter and more personal than a motorized boat tour.
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The best way to grasp the mammoth expanse of the Harding Icefield is to take a scenic flight, looking down on mountains, glaciers and fjords.
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