There is no question the National Park System truly is one of America’s greatest gems. And, with 2016 being the 100th birthday of the system, the parks were able to see increased growth.
While most people know the big parks like the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and the Great Smoky Mountains, there are dozens of incredible parks that most people don’t visit because they don’t know about them or they are very remote.
Traveling is one of the best things to do. Some of us love to hop in the car and get away, while others enjoy being on a cruise ship and sailing away for a few days. Regardless of where you’re traveling to, by plane, train or boat, you’ll have to get through a port or a station of some sort. Sometimes, you may even have to spend hours there!
For a great adventure in an out of the way place, take a drive on the Seward Highway. It comprises 125 miles of Alaska scenery, between Anchorage and Seward. Started in 1923, completed in 1951, the route takes you through the Kenai Peninsula, the Chugach National Forest, Turnagain Arm, and Kenai Mountains. It is a National Forest Scenic Byway and is also one of 15 roads in the United States designated as an “All-American Road.”
There are an endless amount of beauty in the national parks in America. From Yellowstone to Yosemite, there’s no doubt that America is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Most of us don’t have to opportunity to travel to those far American states, such as Alaska. However, if you do find yourself up there, don’t miss out on a chance to see Lake Clark National Park. Located in the stunning southwestern Alaska, Lake Clark National Park and Preserve is famous for its rocky mountains, glittering lakes, volcanic steam, salmon run and some of the most scenic and picturesque locations in the world.
About 300,000 visitors take in Kenai Fjords National Park every year. Even though it’s the smallest of all the National Parks in Alaska, it has to be one of the most special. Those who do come are in for a major treat.
Denali National Park is arguably the best known of all the parks in Alaska and one of the top draws for visitors. At over 6 million acres it welcomes almost half a million visitors each year to explore not only North America’s highest peak, Mt. McKinley, but also the diverse wildlife and unique landscape. Since there are so many different things to see inside the park, let’s take a look at some of the more popular things you can do to fully enjoy everything Denali National park has to offer.
Ready to take a journey into one of the most spectacular areas of the country? Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, located in Alaska, consists of a vast landscape free of any major roads or trails. As a visitor, you will have the opportunity to see wild rivers that run through glacier carved valleys and the summer light fading into the “aurora lit night skies of winter”.
Few visitors ever make it to Katmai National Park each year, only about 40,000. However you can be assured they know this park is something very special. With an area that rivals the size of Wales, Katmai is spread out along the Alaskan Peninsula, about 270 miles south of Anchorage.