Alaska’s seven other national parks include some with no roads or visitor facilities.
Gates of the Arctic
America’s northernmost and least-visited national park is second only in size to Wrangell–St. Elias. It’s one for the truly intrepid.
Eleven tidewater glaciers spill out of the mountains and fill the sea with icebergs of all shapes and shades of blue. It’s also known as a whalewatching spot.
A pricey, fly-in experience, Katmai is nevertheless treasured for its salmonfishing brown bears and post-volcanic Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes.
This park’s namesake fjords have been carved by glaciers pouring down from the massive Harding Ice Field. Exit Glacier is road-accessible.
This desolate area is known for Arctic sand dunes and migrating caribou.
Only 100 miles from Anchorage, this spectacular and largely untrodden Alaska-inminiature is centered around 42-mile-long, ice-blue Lake Clark.
As large as Yellowstone, Yosemite and Switzerland combined, America’s largest national park covers more than 20,000 square miles of brawny, ice-encrusted mountains.