National Parks in Alaska

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Alagnak

Wild River, King Salmon, AK

Take in the scenic views of the gorgeous Alaskan Peninsula as you navigate the rugged waters of the Alagnak Wild River. With an almost untouched landscape, Alagnak is home to a high number of brown bears and is stocked with an abundance of prized sportfish, making it the most popular fishing destination in southwest Alaska. Learn more about the beautiful Alagnak wilderness >> 

Alaska Public Lands

Anchorage, AK

Swing by the Alaska Public Lands Information Center in downtown Anchorage to make the most of your Alaskan visit. While there, explore the multiple exhibits, receive one-on-one trip planning assistance, pick up maps of popular destinations, speak with National Park Rangers and more! See what all the Alaska Public Lands Centers have to offer >> 

Aleutian World War II

National Historic Area, Unalaska/Dutch Harbor, AK

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The lives of the Unangun peoples in the Aleutian Islands were forever changed when, six months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Japanese turned their sights on the Aleutians. Fifteen months of war followed, resulting in one of the deadliest conflicts in the Pacific Theater during WWII. Read more about the Aleutian Campaign >>

Aniakchak

National Monument & Preserve, King Salmon, AK

This frighteningly beautiful landscape is home to a 6-mile-wide caldera formed during a massive volcanic eruption over 3,500 years ago. Due to bad weather and rugged terrain, however, it's one of the least visited locations in the National Parks System with only 134 documented visits in 2014. Check out all Aniakchak has to offer >>  

Bering Land Bridge

National Preserve, Nome, AK

The first inhabitants of the Americas travelled not by boat, but by foot from modern-day Asia by way of the Bering Land Bridge. Once home to mastodons, mammoths and other ice age animals, what remains of this primordial "bridge" now houses a thriving Alaskan population and offers insight into the day-to-day lives of pre-historic peoples. Learn more about Bering Land Bridge >>

Cape Krusenstern

National Monument, Kotzebue, AK

This 540,000-acre National Monument features 70 miles of shoreline along the Chukchi Sea and has been inhabited for over 5,000 years. Visit in the summer to see acres of colorful wildflowers carpeting the hillsides and beach ridges. Learn more about Cape Krusenstern's magical landscape >>

Denali

National Park & Preserve, Denali Park, AK

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Founded in 1917, Denali National Park (formerly Mount McKinley National Park) was the world's first National Park established to conserve wildlife. Features of the park include six million acres of untouched terrain, an abundance of wildlife such as grizzlies and caribou and the highest peak in North America at 20,237 feet: Denali. Plan you trip to this breathtaking park >>

Video: A Bird's-Eye View of Denali

Adam takes a birds eye view in the Talkeetna Air Taxi of Denali National Park.

A Bird's-Eye View of Denali

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Man v. Food host, Adam Richman, soars over Denali National Park in a Talkeetna Air Taxi.

Gates of the Arctic

National Park & Preserve, Bettles, AK

Two traditional civilizations — the Athabascan peoples and the Nunamiut Eskimos —still live, hunt and prosper in this wild terrain in perfect harmony with nature as they have for thousands of years. A visit to Gates of the Arctic will reveal nature at its absolute purest, completely unchanged by modern man and devoid of any roads or trails. Learn more about Gates of the Arctic >>

Glacier Bay

National Park & Preserve, Gustavus, AK

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Easily accessibly by boat, Glacier Bay is a popular tourist destination. Take in the sites from the deck of a cruise ship or experience the park's coastal rainforests and glacier-carved valleys up close by camping, hiking, backpacking or kayaking. Explore Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve >>

Iñupiat Heritage Center

Barrow, AK

The Iñupiat people have thrived for thousands of years in this frigid environment hunting the Agviq, or bowhead whale. Learn more about the Iñupiat and their contributions to the history of whaling >>

Katmai

National Park & Preserve, King Salmon, AK

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Katmai National Park & Preserve was established to protect the land surrounding the 1912 simultaneous eruptions of Novarupta and Mount Katmai, the largest volcanic eruption by volume of the 20th century. Although still a volcanically active area with six presently active volcanoes, Katmai is a popular tourist destination with many activities available including backcountry skiing, boat tours and interpretive programs. Check out all that Katmai National Park & Preserve has to offer >>

Kenai Fjords

National Park, Seward, AK

Travel to Kenai Fjords to get a glimpse of what remains of the last ice age. Icy waters, glaciers and vast expanses of ice take center stage on this chillingly beautiful Alaskan peninsula. Learn more about ever-changing landscape of Kenai Fjords >>

Klondike Gold Rush

National Historical Park, Skagway, AK

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On August 16, 1896, gold was discovered in the Klondike. The news quickly spread, attracting more than 100,000 men over the next three years with big dreams of striking it rich. Only a handful succeeded, most returning home penniless, but the impact these prospectors left on the area was significant. Discover the historical trails and boomtowns of the Klondike Gold Rush era >>

Kobuk Valley

National Park, Kotzebue, AK

25 square miles of sand dunes, formed by the grinding action of ancient glaciers, make up the terrain of the southern portion of Kobuk Valley National Park. Twice a year, about half a million caribou migrate across the park, leaving criss-crossing tracks in the sand. See what else Kobuk Valley has to offer >>

Lake Clark

National Park & Preserve, Port Alsworth, AK

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A two-hour flight from Anchorage, Kenai or Homer on a small aircraft will take you to the steaming volcanoes, cobalt lakes and rugged mountains of Lake Clark. From there, you can kayak, hike and raft before retiring to one of the areas all-inclusive lodges. Experience true solitude at Lake Clark National Park & Preserve >>

Noatak

National Preserve, Kotzebue, AK

Take a float-trip through the mountain-ringed Noatak River from the Brooks Range to Kotzebue Sound for up-close views of the native animals, flowers and scenic beauty of the arctic tundra. Learn more about Noatak National Preserve >>

Sitka

National Historical Park, Sitka, AK

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Sitka, Alaska's oldest National Park, is defined by its impressive display of Tlingit and Haida totem poles lining the park's scenic trail. The totems are a testament to the resilience of Alaska's ancient peoples and a memorial to the diminishing Native populations. Learn more about Sitka National Historical Park >>

World War II Valor in the Pacific

National Monument, Honolulu, HI, AK, CA

Calling all history buffs! Commemorate and learn about the monumental events of World War II's Pacific War including the events at Pearl Harbor, the internment of Japanese Americans, the battles in the Aleutians and the occupation of Japan. Get more information about the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument >>

Wrangell-St. Elias

National Park & Preserve, Copper Center, AK

American's largest National Park, Wrangell-St. Elias includes 13.2 million acres of glaciers, volcanoes and snow-topped mountain peaks and ranges in altitude from sea level to the 18,008-foot peak of Mount St. Elias. Plan your expedition to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve >>

Yukon-Charley Rivers

National Preserve, Eagle, AK

Although it's roughly the size of Connecticut, only 20 people reside in the 2.5-million-acre Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve located deep in Interior Alaska. Learn more about this secluded, wildly beautiful park >>

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Denali National Park
Denali National Park

Denali National Park

Take a scenic road trip through Denali National Park. Denali is home to a variety of animals, including grizzly bears, caribou, snowshoe hares, wolverines, tundra swans and Arctic warblers. The National Park and Reserve is located in the center of Alaska and includes Mount McKinley, the highest mountain in North America. And in case you didn’t know, it is also the site of the longest glacier -- the Kalhiltna glacier. 960 1280

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Brown Bears

Brown Bears

Alaska’s brown bear resembles its close relative the black bear, but it is usually larger and has longer, straighter claws. Mature males weigh between 500 and 900 pounds. So stir clear of these furry beasts. If you’re into nature watching from afar, head to McNeil River Falls -- it’s the perfect place to spot the largest concentration of brown bears hunting for salmon swimming upstream. 960 1280

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Killer Whales

Killer Whales

Go on a boat tour to see killer whales in Alaska’s Glacier Bay. Orcas are not really whales, but they are the largest, fastest and most powerful hunters in the dolphin family. Killer whales can grow up to 30-feet long and weigh up to 20,000 pounds. 960 1280

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Gray Wolves

Gray Wolves

Alaska is home one the largest remaining population of gray wolves in the US. Wolves in the state’s southeast region are usually darker and smaller than those in the northern region. Gray wolves live on the Alaska’s mainland, but they also can be found on Unimak Island and on most major islands in the southeast. 960 1280

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Lynx

Lynx

This furry creature is the only cat native to Alaska. Lynx inhabit most of Alaska’s forested terrain, including on the Aleutian Islands, Kodiak archipelago, the islands in the Bering Sea and Southeast Alaska. 960 1280

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Porcupines

Porcupines

Porcupines are one of the largest rodents in North America. The highlighted quills detach easily and the barbs make them difficult to remove once lodged in an attacker. These prickly creatures contain an antibiotic in their skin just in case they get stuck with their own quills. Porcupines fall out of trees fairly often because they are tempted by the tender buds and twigs at the ends of tree branches. 960 1280

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Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

The national bird of the US is no stranger to Alaska. In fact, Haines, AK, is host to an annual Alaska Bold Eagle Festival, where up to 4,000 eagles can be found in the preserve feeding on a late run of salmon in November. The bald eagle builds the largest nest of any North American bird -- up to 4 meters deep, 2.5 meters wide and 1 metric ton in weight. 960 1280

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Red Fox

Red Fox

The red fox -- native to Kodiak Island -- is also found in other areas, including the Taku and Stikin river valleys and on Douglass Island near Juneau. The sly creature is present in tundra regions, which it shares with the Artic fox. Where the 2 species overlap, the red fox is dominant, and known to dig white (Arctic) foxes form their dens and kill them. 960 1280

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Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Visit the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, located on the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska. The terrain consists of wetlands (pictured), alpine areas and taiga forest. The refuge, created in 1941, was created to protect thousands of birds and several large mammals, including black bears, dall sheep, moose and caribou. It’s also a popular destination for fishing for salmon and trout. 960 1280

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Caribou

Caribou

In Alaska, caribou prefer treeless tundra and mountains during all seasons, but many herds spend winter in the boreal forest. Adult bulls average 350 to 400 pounds; whereas mature females average about 175 to 225 pounds. Caribou in northern and southwestern Alaska are generally smaller than caribou in the interior and in southern region of the state. 960 1280

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Bearded Seal

Bearded Seal

This cute, brown-eyed animal is 1 of 4 arctic seal species that rely on sea ice for feeding, resting and pupping. Bearded seals are the largest of all arctic seals and are found in the Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort seas in Alaska. 960 1280

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Halibut Cove

Halibut Cove

Halibut Cove, once a fishing village, is now home to several artists and businesses. The popular tourist destination has several lodges and cabins for those who enjoy communing in the wild with nature. You won’t have to worry about traffic congestion here. The only way to get around the cove is by boat. 960 1280

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Skiers in Alaska await the heli-ski
Skiers in Alaska await the heli-ski

Skiers in Alaska await the heli-ski

Group heli skiing helicopter taking off Alaska. 960 1280

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Snowboarder jumps in the air

Snowboarder jumps in the air

Professional snowboarders flock to the Valdez region for the purest powder. But this adrenaline rush is suitable only for expert snowboarders or skiers: There are no ski lifts or training sessions in these mountains. 960 1280

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A raft goes by large glaciers in the river

A raft goes by large glaciers in the river

A must-see when in Alaska: glaciers! There are a handful of expeditions offered by different tour companies throughout Alaska, including a 1-day rafting trip down the Matanuska River that lets riders disembark for a half-day or full-day trek on the Matanuska Glacier. 960 1280

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Raft alongside a river bank

Raft alongside a river bank

White-water rafters get their kicks on the Hulahula River, from the Brooks Range to the Arctic Ocean. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has information on camping, rafting and backpacking tours. 960 1280

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Camp site and the Northern Lights

Camp site and the Northern Lights

Alaska's northern lights, also known as aurora borealis, are spectacular to view in the colder months of winter, although they’re still visible — and beautiful — in spring. Grab the camping gear, pitch a tent and experience aurora borealis outside the city limits, away from artificial light. 960 1280

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A person wades in the hot springs

A person wades in the hot springs

Located outside Fairbanks, AK, Chena Hot Springs has been a must-see destination for more than 100 years because of its "healing" mineral-water hot springs. Another crowd favorite on the property is the Aurora Ice Bar at the Aurora Ice Museum, where visitors can stay in 1 of 4 rooms made of ice! 960 1280

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Riverboat Discovery

Riverboat Discovery

Get an authentic taste of Alaska with Riverboat Discovery, a 3-hour tour on and off a traditional steamboat that travels down the "backwoods" of Alaska. Stops along the way include a Chena Indian village walking tour, a bush pilot demonstration and storytelling about the important role that bush pilots play in Alaska, along with a visit to a 4-time Iditarod champion's home and kennels. Tours are offered May through September. 960 1280

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Tanana Valley Railroad

Tanana Valley Railroad

Craving a bit of that old gold rush history? Visit Fairbanks, AK, for a 2-hour tour of the El Dorado Gold Mine. Get a brief history about the mine on board the Tanana Valley Railroad stream train as it winds its way through the country’s valley and hills. When it reaches the mine, you’ll have an opportunity to pan for gold. 960 1280

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View along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

View along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

Take in the beautiful views of Anchorage, AK, along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. The trail is roughly 11 miles long. Start in the city of Anchorage, at West Second Avenue, near the railroad station, and head south until the trail ends at Kincaid Park. It’s open year-round. 960 1280

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Bearing Sea crab fisherman's boat the Aleutian Ballad

Bearing Sea crab fisherman's boat the Aleutian Ballad

Thanks to the hit TV show Deadliest Catch, the fishermen of the Bering Sea are practically celebrities. For 3 hours, get a small taste of what life is like on the Bering Sea — minus the danger. See king crabs up-close, spot whales and more. From Anchorage, fly 4 hours south to Ketchikan, or choose the Bering Sea Crab Fishermen's Tour as your next Alaskan cruise excursion. 960 1280

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Brown Bear

Brown Bear

Visit Katmai National Park and Preserve, located in King Salmon, AK, to see one of the highest concentrations of brown bears in North America. There are a handful of bear-viewing tour companies, including Natural Habit Adventures, that offer service to Katmai, which is accessible by plane or boat.  960 1280

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Cruise passes a glacier

Cruise passes a glacier

Take a cruise through Alaska's Inside Passage region, reaching as far south as Ketchikan and heading north past Sitka and Juneau. Then, before reaching the quaint town of Skagway, you can visit Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve and see the immense Mendenhall Glacier nearby. 960 1280

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Alaska Backcountry
Alaska Backcountry

Alaska Backcountry

An Alaska Backcountry Adventure ATV tour group crosses a stream on the trail to Knik Glacier. 960 1280

  

Crew Members

Crew Members

Crew members make their way up to a new position on Matanuska Glacier with the aid of the MICA guide. 960 1280

  

Snowcapped Mountain

Snowcapped Mountain

A view of a snow-capped mountain in Girdwood, AK. 960 1280

  

Matanuska Glacier

Matanuska Glacier

Kevin O'Grattan, Kristine Janda, and Ellie Southworth (left to right) take in the spectacular view while climbing Matanuska Glacier. 960 1280

  

Knik Glacier

Knik Glacier

The cameraman films the guide driving his ATV next to Knik Glacier. 960 1280

  

Backcountry Adventures

Backcountry Adventures

The Alaska Backcountry Adventures tour group enjoys a hot lunch next to Knik Glacier. 960 1280

  

Camera and Sound

Camera and Sound

Camera and soundmen are rigged to film ice climbers on Matanuska Glacier. 960 1280

  

Machine Guns

Machine Guns

A Browning 50-caliber machine gun is loaded and ready to be fired at a shooting event held by the Alaska Machine Gun Assoc. at the Birchwood Recreation and Shooting Park in Chugiak, AK. 960 1280

  

Talkeetna River

Talkeetna River

Jetboat driver, Isreal Mahay, steers his way through Class VI rapids in Devil's Canyon on the Talkeetna River. 960 1280

  

Floatplane flying

Floatplane flying

A floatplane flies over Knik Glacier. 960 1280

  

Shooting Event

Shooting Event

Multiple bullet cases fly as a competitor fires at various targets during the shooting event. 960 1280

  

Mahay's Jetboat Adventures

Mahay's Jetboat Adventures

A view of the Class VI rapids in Devil's Canyon from the bow of one of Mahay's Jetboat Adventures tours. 960 1280

  

Panning for Gold

Panning for Gold

Crew members pan for gold at Crow Creek Mine in Girdwood, AK. 960 1280

  

ATV Tours

ATV Tours

Alaska Backcountry Adventures guide, Kevin Kidder, leads an ATV tour to Knik Glacier. 960 1280

  

A Beautiful View

A Beautiful View

A beautiful view of Knik Glacier. 960 1280

  

A Gold Nugget

A Gold Nugget

A crew member shows off a gold nugget he found at Crow Creek Mine in Girdwood, AK. 960 1280

  

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