Kenai National Park, Seward, Alaska
Kenai National Park is right outside Seward. We checked out Exit Glacier on our first day. It’s a very easy hike filled with tourists, but a cool place to see. Our favorite hike (and one of our favorite hikes of the trip) was the Harding Ice Field hike. Felt very dreamlike. Seemed a bit like the Scottish Highlands and/or New Zealand. It’s the 4th largest ice field in North America, and consists of lots of glaciers strung together.
If you can only do one thing here, do the Harding Ice Field hike. Exit Glacier is cool, but it’s an overly easy hike and crowded. The Exit Glacier area, which includes the Harding Ice Field hike, are the only areas accessible by vehicle, so you’ll need to backpack in to go further. If you do the Harding Ice Field Hike, be sure to find the tiny route leading off what appears to be the end of the trail overlooking the ice field. You can scramble all the way down into the ice field and explore it at your leisure. We found a massive ice cavern if you head to the right once you hit the ice field.