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Alaska National Parks Will Blow You Away: Pt. 2

by ATJ Posted in I ♥ Alaska |

In our last profile of Alaska national parks, we featured four of Alaska’s most stunning natural settings.

Now, for any other state, four national parks would be good and plenty.  But you’re forgetting this is Alaska we’re talking about.  Alaska simply has the most natural beauty of any place in America.  Indeed, Alaska’s national parks are so numerous that we had to split our profile of them into 2 blog posts!

If you’re lucky enough to experience one of the many summer jobs in Alaska, make sure you visit all of these breathtaking national parks.

Kenai Fjords National Park

Get in touch with your inner Fjord enthusiast by visiting the breathtaking Kenai Fjords National Park.   Named for the narrow glacier-carved inlets that gouge their way into Alaska’s southern coastline, Kenai Fjords is home to some of the largest ice fields in the United States.


The Harding Icefield covers over 300 square miles of rugged Alaska terrain.



It's always nice to wake up in the morning and say to yourself, "I'd like to go kayaking next to a calving glacier today."



Mountain goats cling to sheer mountainsides towering above Harding Ice field.

Kobuk Valley National Park

When you think of Alaskan terrain, desolate sand dunes are probably some of the last things that come to mind. But in Kobuk Valley National park, this is exactly what you’ll find. While Kobuk Valley is home to over 400,000 Caribou and scores of other wildlife, it is also the least visited national park in all of America due to its remote location.



Despite its extreme northern latitude, temperatures on the Kobuk Sand Dunes can reach up to 100 degrees in the summer.



Kobuk Valley is a stunning reminder that there are still massive expanses of land on our planet that are utterly untouched by humanity.



Lake Clark National Park

Located at the convergence of three separate mountain ranges, Lake Clark National Park is home to an extremely diverse array of natural habitats. From rainforests to volcanoes, each corner of the park has a different feel to it.



Lake Clark National Park contains parts of the Alaska and Aleutian Ranges, as well as the Chigmit Mountains



Lake Clark features a spectacular wildflower population that blooms throughout the summer.



Standing 18,008 ft. tall, Mt. Saint Elias is only surpassed by Mt. McKinley as the tallest mountain in America


Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

Last (but certainly not least) we have Wrangell-St. Elias, the largest national park in all of America. It is so big, in fact, that the state of Maryland could easily fit inside the park’s confines—twice. Indeed, if immense scale is something you’re into, Wrangell-St. Elias won’t disappoint; it’s also home to the second largest mountain in America!


The Wrangell-St. Elias backcountry is a favorite destination for experienced hikers in Alaska.



A Great Horned Owl watches over his habitat in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.


A Great Horned Owl watches over his habitat in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.

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