Containing more than half of Alaska’s population, South Central Alaska is truly the gateway to Alaska. In the middle of this region of Alaska is its largest city of Anchorage, a bustling small metropolitan area with the theme “Big Wild Life” because of the large wilderness areas located within the city limits allowing people to see wild moose roaming the neighborhoods.
Traveling south along the Seward Highway you can visit Portage Glacier just off the roadway and then on down the Kenai Peninsula to visit Seward and Resurrection Bay, a great place to take tours to see marine wildlife and see calving glaciers as well as fish for halibut and salmon. You can also continue down the Sterling Highway and visit Kenai known for its world class salmon fishing and Homer known for its “Spit” a natural geological formation that creates a lagoon and natural boat harbor.
Traveling north of Anchorage you will pass through the Matanuska Valley which is part of Alaska’s agricultural center growing world record vegetables in its rich soil and abundant summer sunlight. Taking the Parks Highway you will travel to the Interior of Alaska and towards the Denali National Park which is home to Mount McKinley, North America’s tallest peak. Traveling along the Richardson Highway, you will pass by the Matanuska Glacier and on to GlennAllen where you can view the Trans Alaska Pipeline. Following it south you will pass through the Copper River region known for its fantastic salmon served in fine restaurants all over the world. At the end of the road is Valdez, the terminal for the Trans Alaska Pipeline where the oil from the North Slope of Alaska is transferred to oil tankers and shipped to world markets.
South Central is a must see stop for everyone coming to Alaska whether it be to visit the tallest peak in North America, visiting the Kodiak Crab Festival, Talkeetna’s Moose Dropping Festival or take in some world class skiing in Girdwood or the more extreme free powder skiing around Valdez.