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Map of the Western Hemisphere and Antarctica.
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U.S. Antarctic Program routes to Antarctica. The blue route is via commercial air from the United States to Christchurch, New Zealand. Participants fly on a military aircraft to McMurdo Station. Flights to Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station are on ski-equipped LC-130 aircraft. The red route is via commercial air from the United States to Punta Arenas, Chile. Participants then board a research vessel and sail to Palmer Station.

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