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The Most Beautiful National Parks In Alaska
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The Most Beautiful National Parks In Alaska

Picture of Kelly Bradshaw
Updated: 9 February 2017
Known for its vast wilderness and beautiful landscapes, Alaska has long been established as a country showcasing an array of stunning scenery. Below is a list of the five best national parks in Alaska, which bear impressive reputations due to their stunning vistas and large variety of wildlife.
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Wrangell-St Elias

As Alaska’s largest national park, Wrangell-St Elias offers breathtaking views and is situated by Mount St. Elias, which stands at over 18,000 feet tall. With over 13.2 million acres of land, this magnificent park is larger than Switzerland, and features a vast range of peaks and glaciers. Also offering visitors the opportunity to hike mountains, float its rivers, and discover historic mining sites, Wrangell-St Elias will provide tourists with an unforgettable experience.

Opening times: visitor center Mon-Fri 8am-4.30pm

Watch out for: a variety of wildlife, such as moose and bears

Richardson Highway, Alaska, +1 907 822 7250

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Denali

Proudly displaying North America‘s tallest mountain and over six million acres of land, Denali is one of Alaska’s most popular national parks. Promising to change visitors’ experiences and interaction with the wildlife around them, Denali offers 39 documented species of mammals and over 650 species of flowing plants, as well as a generous range of slopes and valleys. With outstanding views of the surrounding mountains, lake and forest, Denali is a truly picturesque park.

Opening times: visitor center 8am-6pm

Watch out for: over 100 species of birds, as well as magnificent wolves and red foxes

George Parks Highway, Alaska, +1 907 683 9532

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Katmai

Known as an important habitat for bears as well as a site of protection for the volcanically devastated region surrounding Mount Katmai and the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, Katmai has been declared as a historical monument, giving it a prestigious reputation. Home to an active volcano, which at one point was recorded as having the largest volcanic eruption in Alaska’s recorded history, the volcano features a beautiful crater where its peak used to be. Visitors are sure to be amazed by Katmai’s incredible scenery and array of wildlife.

Opening times: always open

Watch out for: the Alaska Peninsula – one of the best places to go bird-watching

King Salmon, Alaska, +1 907 246 3305

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Glacier Bay

Boasting the most visitors of any national park in Alaska, Glacier Bay has a range of beautiful vistas of active glaciers, and an array of scenic wilderness. With over three million acres of mountains, glaciers, a rainforest and wild coastlines, Glacier Bay gives tourists the opportunity to discover the incredible landscapes that Alaska has to offer. One of the world’s largest international protected areas, this magnificent national park has been described as providing visitors with limitless opportunities for adventure and inspiration.

Opening times: information desk 10.30am-8pm

Watch out for: boat trips that give visitors a chance to appreciate the park’s scenery

Glacier Bay National Park and Reserve, Alaska, +1 907 697 2230

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Gates of the Arctic

With wild rivers and glacier-carved valleys, Gates of the Arctic is another national park in Alaska, which displays wilderness at its best. Described as a sanctuary for many animals including more than 145 species of birds, the pair of mountains surrounding this astonishing national park are said to resemble the gates of the park. The park itself has no road access, making it an adventure in itself just to arrive at this magnificent highly popular tourist attraction.

Opening times: visitor center 8am-5pm

Watch out for: the Brooks Range, one of the world’s northernmost mountain chains

Dalton Highway, Coldfoot, Alaska, +1 907 678 5209

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Gates of the Arctic | © Paxson Woelber/WikiCommons