Kenai Fjords National Park  

Glaciers and wildlife are the big draws at this park just outside Seward, conveniently located two hours south of Anchorage. The 700-square mile Harding Ice Field sends massive glaciers spilling down toward the sea, and lucky visitors on tour boats may see icebergs calving into the water, along with whales, sea lions, sea otters and seals. On the land side, visitors can walk to up to Exit Glacier, and see how rapidly it has retreated over the last century.

The city of Seward fought establishment of the park in 1980, but has since come to appreciate the steady stream of business from park visitors in the summer.

Size: 669,000 acres.

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