Established in 1980, Kenai Fjords National Park protects 669,984 acres (271,133 hectares) of the coast of the Kenai Peninsula. The remote and largely inaccessible wilderness preserves one of Alaska's most spectacular swathes of land, where snow-capped mountains descend into lush forests teeming with wildlife. Over 40 glaciers flow from the Harding Icefield, carving the coast into a rippling series of fjords. Bears, coyotes, and mountain goats roam the land, while the skies are the domain of many rare species of birds. Its waters too host a variety of marine life, including sea lions, otters, and whales. The Exit Glacier is the only one of the park's many that is accessible by road, while more seasoned hikers can venture onto the Icefield.
Get up, close and personal with exotic animals from the sea in a unique aquarium habitat. At the Alaska SeaLife Center, there are plenty of opportunities to learn and understand the varied Alaskan marine life. Alaska's only public aquarium and ocean wildlife rescue center comprises several exhibits, aquarium vistas, a research facility that studies Alaska's marine ecosystem, and a marine wildlife rehabilitation center. A few of the sea animals you could witness include puffins, octopuses, sea urchins, and sea lions, among others.