Kenai Fjords National Park
Kenai FjordsFilled with rugged capes, sea arches and ice caves, magnificent Kenai Fjords is the kind of place that stirs the souls of artists, including some filmmakers, whose otherworldly sets are no doubt inspired by locations like this. Indeed, if you were in search of Superman's Fortress of Solitude, this would be a good place to start.

Set on the jagged southern end of the Kenai Peninsula south of Anchorage, the ice-sculpted land known as "Alaska's playground" just begs to be explored - and there's a variety of ways to do it.

HARDING ICEFIELD

A network of long and intricate trails affords some of the best views in the park, including an up-close encounter with scenic Exit Glacier, the most famous of the more than 30 glaciers that surround the spectacular Harding Icefield, the crown jewel of Kenai Fjords. Covering 700 square miles, this massive expanse of ice is as much as one mile thick at points, and receives an average annual snowfall of 30 feet. This unrelenting blanket of white is punctured only by the peaks of high, rocky mountains, known as "nunataks," which are best viewed at the crest of the steep, 4.5 mile-long Harding Icefield Trail.

AIALIK BAY

In addition to hiking, nearly every other type of outdoor activity that Alaska has to offer can be found here, including kayaking, river rafting, mountain climbing, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, tours by land, air and sea - even dogsledding. Glacier viewing is popular in the most impressive of the park's seven long fjords - Aialik Bay, where the Holgate, Pederson and Aialik tidewater glaciers converge to launch icebergs into the sea.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY TOURS

If marine life is your passion, our Resurrection Bay Wildlife Cruise is the perfect opportunity to see humpback whales, orcas, seals, sea lions, otters, porpoises and puffins. It's one of several family-friendly excursions that can be arranged during your stay at our exclusive Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge, located on the northern edge of the park in the Chugach National Forest near the Kenai Wildlife Refuge. The only cruisetour lodge in the area is just steps away from the glacial blue-green Kenai River, the perfect place for trophy-size fishing. After a day of exploring, relax in our indoor or outdoor hot tubs, or enjoy a nightcap in our cozy Rafter's Lounge. With so much to see and do, you'll be ready for a little pampering.