Alaska is a beautiful state with incredibly untouched wilderness. It also is home to the largest area of national parks in the United States. If you have any interest in nature and jaw dropping scenery, these national parks are a must see bucket list item. Take a tour through some of the scenes you can see here:
1. Denali National Park
Centered on the tallest mountain in North America (Mt. Denali, or Mckinley) Denali National Park encompasses more than 6 million acres of wilderness.
2. Gates of the Arctic
Slightly larger than Belgium, Gates of the Arctic National Park is the Northernmost national park in the United States, with it’s Northern edge located far within the Arctic Circle.
3. Glacier Bay National Park
Glacier bay is composed a complex network of growing and retreating glaciers, and was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1970.
4. Katmai National Park
Roughly the size of Wales, Katmai National Park is famous for it’s large population of Alaskan Brown Bears and the Valley of 10,000 Smokes, a valley filled with ash flow from a volcanic eruption in 1912.
5. Kenai Fjords National Park
This national park earns its name from the multiple fjords that have been carved from glacial activity throughout the region. It is also home to one of the largest ice fields in the country, the Harding ice field.
6. Kobuk Valley National Park
Designated in 1980 as a national park, Kobuk is famous for it’s caribou migration routes as well as the Great Kobuk Sand Dunes.
7. Lake Clark National Park
This park, located 100 miles Southwest of Anchorage, this park offers several unique geographical features not found elsewhere in Alaska, including: The junction of three mountain ranges, a coastal rainforest, and two active volcanoes.