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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.

Glacier Bay

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.

Ke­nai Fjords

This park’s name­sake fjords have been carved by glaciers pour­ing down from the mas­sive Harding Ice Field. Exit Glacier is road-ac­ces­si­ble.

Kobuk Val­ley

This des­o­late area is known for Arc­tic sand dunes and mi­grat­ing cari­bou.

Lake Clark

Only 100 miles from Anchorage, this spec­tac­u­lar and largely un­trod­den Alaska-in­minia­ture is cen­tered around 42-mile-long, ice-blue Lake Clark.

Wrangell–St. Elias

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.

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