Southcentral Alaska, in modern days, is without a doubt the most culturally rich region of Alaska. Home to over half of Alaska’s total population, it extends northwest from Prince William Sound to the southern slopes of the Alaska Range. Boasting diverse landscapes from ocean beaches to mighty glaciers, and small eclectic towns like Homer to the metropolitan city of Anchorage, the Southcentral region of Alaska flourishes day and night.
Visitors can embark on explorations of nature on a tour of Resurrection Bay or the Northwestern Fjord. Wildlife viewing, including bear spotting, is best at Katmai National Park. In Anchorage, the Imaginarium Discovery Center and the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum offer unique and hands-on exhibitions to keep you entertained on a blustering cold or rainy day.
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The newest addition to the all-inclusive Anchorage Museum is the Imaginarium Discovery Center where visitors of all ages can explore hands-on exhibits highlighting the natural history and science of the Northern regions. Innovative learning labs turn discovery into play, featuring natural phenomena like earthquakes and title pools. The Anchorage Museum also offers a wing dedicated to regional art or take the complimentary shuttle to the nearby Alaska Native Heritage Center.
On a half-day tour of Resurrection Bay and Kania Fjord, prepare to fix your eyes on the natural beauty of jagged cliffs, marine wildlife, and gorgeous glaciers. Many tours stop on the exclusive Fox Island for a delicious meal of prime rib and Alaska Salmon.
For an unparalleled land tour in the Southcentral region, head to Denali State Park where you can board a bus to marvel at spectacular views of mountains, valleys, and wildlife as your historic guide takes you on a journey of the famed mountain peaks.
Denali National Park located North of Anchorage is home to Mount McKinley, the highest peak in North America. Its abundant wildlife and pristine rivers and forests encompass over six million miles of wilderness waiting for you to explore.
To the Southwest of Anchorage, Lake Clark National Park is a secluded retreat filled with turquoise lakes, forests, meadows, and serene mountains. One of the least visited national parks in Alaska, the breathtaking views and solitude are worth the 40-minute flight that takes you there.
Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Soldotna and Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Anchorage are two of Alaska’s most easily accessible wildlife conservation projects that you can explore. Set on the peninsula of Kenai, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1941 to protect moose. It has a vast and varied eco-system that has earned it the nickname of ‘Alaska in miniature’.