1) Exit Glacier and Harding Ice Field Trail – Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward
There are not many places in the world where you can take a short hike and be standing in front of a massive glacier, but Alaska is one of them. Located outside the port town of Seward, the Exit Glacier Trail is a short walk along one of the best maintained trails in the entire state. There are information signs along the trail telling you about the glacier’s history and markers showing how much it has retreated over the past 100 years. The trail finishes at the foot of the glacier, allowing you to touch the ice and experience the majesty of the glacier up close.
For a longer hike, the Harding Ice Field Trail is not to be missed. At 4 miles each way, this steep trail climbs approximately 4,000 feet and takes you to the top of Exit Glacier, giving you unobstructed views of the Harding Ice Field, a vast expanse of white and blue ice that seems to go on forever. The trail is covered in snow for much of the year but is clear during the late summer. Also, be on the lookout for brown and black bears who call this area home.