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Alaska National Parks Will Blow You Away: Pt. 1

by ATJ Posted in I ♥ Alaska |

The state of Alaska is stuffed full of eight different national parks.  Eight! By comparison, the entire Eastern seaboard of the United States has just three national parks. This just once again proves that the Last Frontier is a place unlike any other.

Alaska’s national parks are scattered all across the state, so no matter which lodge or tour location you’re working at, you’ll never be more than a stone’s throw away from one of our nation’s most cherished natural settings.  Of course, many employees make it a goal to visit all of Alaska’s national parks in their tenure here; a move we certainly recommend.

Here’s the first iteration of a two part photo tour of just some of the amazing sights to see in Alaska’s stunning national parks.  But be warned: despite the beauty of these pictures, they only portray just a fraction of the splendor you can expect to see in person!

Glacier Bay National Park

With no roads accessing it, Glacier Bay National Park can be a bit tricky to get to.  Once you’re there, however, you’ll realize it’s well worth the difficult journey. Don’t miss this amazing park on Alaska’s Southeastern panhandle.

 

glacier bay

Experience once-in-a-lifetime glimpses of immense glaciers slowly creeping through mountain valleys

 

 

glacier bay national park

Mountains and glaciers! That's how Alaska does!

 

Katmai National Park

This cherished national park in Southern Alaska is home to some incredible volcanoes that have had a profound effect on the terrain of their surrounding areas.

 

mt katmai

Mt. Katmai features a stunningly beautiful crater lake inside it. When was the last time you swam in a volcano?

 

valley of ten thousand smokes

The colorful ash-laden valley known as the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes.

 

brown bear

Katmai National Park is renowned for its plentiful Brown Bear population

 

Denali National Park

As the home of North America’s tallest mountain, Denali certainly is the most famous of Alaska’s national parks.  But there’s much more to this park than its enormous mountain.

 

mount mckinley

At 20,320 feet above sea level, Mt. McKinley dwarfs any other mountain on the continent.

 

wonder lake

Take one of the most scenic canoe trips of your life on Wonder Lake.

 

grizzly bear

Denali National Park is an excellent place to view Grizzly Bears in their natural habitat.

 

Gates of the Arctic National Park

Gates of the Arctic National Park is the northernmost national park in Alaska (and, thus, the United States).  Getting there is essentially only possible by plane, but once you’re there you’ll experience the most unexplored national park in America.

 

gates of the arctic

The flight into Gates of the Arctic provides sweeping views of vast mountain ranges.

 

Arrigetch Peaks

Beautiful photo of the Arrigetch Peaks, which means "fingers of the outstretched hand" in native Inupiat language.

 

caribou

Caribou roam freely within Gates of the Arctic National Park

 

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