8 Amazing Alaska National Parks Absolutely Worth The Journey

Picture yourself savoring views of snow-capped mountains, massive glaciers, lush forests, herds of grazing caribou, brown bears feeding on wild salmon, and giant, gentle moose munching on spruce.

When the United States first acquired Alaska in 1867, people mockingly called it “Seward’s Folly.” Today, the last frontier’s rugged wilderness houses some of America’s most beautiful lands within its eight amazing national parks.

Yes, it is remote. It is called the last frontier for a reason. Your adventure will require planning, but these natural treasures are worth the journey.

Let’s take a closer look at the Alaska national parks.

1. Denali National Park & Preserve

Located in south-central Alaska, Denali National Park & Preserve is about halfway between Fairbanks and Anchorage.

2. Gates of The Arctic National Park & Preserve

The park sits north of the Arctic Circle. Stretching 8.4 million acres across the central Brooks Range, it is the second-biggest national park in the United States.

3. Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

Spanning 3.3 million acres along southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage, Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve showcases jagged, snow-capped mountains, dynamic glaciers, turquoise waterways, and temperate rainforests.

4. Katmai National Park & Preserve

Located on the Alaska Peninsula near Kodiak Island, Katmai National Park & Preserve is renowned for bear viewing and sport fishing. The park encompasses approximately 4 million acres of forests, mountains, tundra, and lakes.

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