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This region is teeming with Gold Rush history in areas like Petersville and Trapper Creek. It is also home of the “largests” with Anchorage, the largest city in the state and Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley) in Denali National Park, the largest mountain in North America. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is the country’s largest national park and rich in wildlife and towering mountain peaks. Reaching the coastline, South Central Alaska is where the largest tidewater glacier, Columbia Glacier flows into the icy blue waters of the Pacific between Whittier and Valdez. South Central Alaska is also where more than half of the state’s residents live.