In Alaska the Wilderness Awaits
The most northern of the U.S. states, Alaska is home to 8 national parks (second in number only to California). While perhaps not as well known as some of the other parks within the contiguous states, Alaska has some of the most pristine and undisturbed land.
Denali National Park
Used to be called Mt McKinley, Denali is considered to be the highest mountain in the United States. It encompasses more than 6 million acres.
Gates of the Arctic National Park
The northernmost park in the U.S. Gates of the Arctic is about as rugged as you can get. There are not any vehicle roads within the gates. Very few people visit each year compared to the more well known places.
Glacier Bay National Park
Located really close to the Alaska and Canada border, the Glacier Bay is known for its magnificent glaciers and bays. Majority of people visit from cruise ships.
Katmai National Park
You may have already seen Katmai in some famous pictures showing brown bears grabbing salmon as they swim up a river. Wildlife here is protected as hunting is not allowed.
Kenai Fjords National Park
Located in Southern Alaska, Kenai Fjords is close to the town of Seward (a popular departure zone for many of the cruise lines operating in the area. Many plants, flowers and animals occupy the park areas.
Kobuk Valley National Park
The Kobuk Valley is still primitive and preservation efforts maintain an active caribou transit route through the park. Despite being located very close to the Arctic Circle, Kabuk Valley has sand dunes too.
Lake Clark National Park
Two volcanoes, one of which was active as recently as 2009 surround pristine waters. The streams and rivers play an important role in the fish market once they migrate out of the park.
Wrangell National Park
Mt Saint Elias is the second tallest mountain in the United States. The Wrangell mountain system borders a few other national parks as well.