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Southcentral Alaska is the epicenter of the state's population and commerce.

  • Chugach State Park. One of the four largest state parks in the United States.
  • Portage Glacier. A shrinking glacier that was once the most visited site in Alaska.
  • Whittier. A former Army base, now a major cruise port.
  • Chugach National Forest. A national forest filled with diverse geography.
  • Valdez. Prince William Sound's largest port.
  • Cordova. The gateway to the Copper River delta.
  • Hope. A gold-mining community with small town charm.
  • Seward. A railroad town in the middle of incredible scenery.
  • Kenai Fjords National Park. A rare opportunity to see glaciers up-close.
  • Cooper Landing. One of Alaska's most popular fishing locations.
  • Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. The best moose habitat in the region.
  • Kenai, Sterling, and Soldotna. Three towns offering fishing and moose sightings.
  • Homer. A unique town that blends art, fishing, and tourism.
  • Kachemak Bay State Park and State Wilderness Park. Alaska's first state park.
  • Seldovia. . A small town with a strong Russian heritage.
  • Kodiak. One of the busiest fishing ports in the country.
  • Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge. The bear-viewing capital of Alaska.
  • Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. Home to two volcanoes and a salmon-filled lake.
  • Palmer. The state's major agricultural hub.
  • Wasilla. A pioneer town home to Sarah Palin and scenic vistas.
  • Talkeetna. A quirky town that serves as the base for climbing Denali.
  • Denali State Park. The national park's quieter and less crowded sibling.
  • Glennallen. A good base for Wrangell-St. Elias.
  • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. A national park encompassing one of the tallest peaks in North America and plenty of outdoor adventures.

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