Content and Images © All Alaska Tours Inc. | Website Design and Development by, Subscribe to the “Under the Midnight Sun” Newsletter, Our message to you during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kayaking to glaciers in Kenai Fjords National Park. Last year, when NPCA surveyed its supporters on the national park site they most wanted to visit anywhere in the country, Denali National Park and Preserve got far more votes than any other park. All Rights Reserved. TOUR PRICE: $3,799 GoldStar Service // $3,275 Adventure Class. Alaska's National Parks. Denali National Park is also easy to reach, set off the Parks Highway, one of the state’s main roadways, and along the Alaska Railroad route. Experience Alaska's diverse, wildlife, natural history and native culture. Seriously! That said, both areas have plenty of traffic. This was my fourth trip to Alaska. Whether by hiking trail or flightseeing plane, views of the icefield resemble an ocean of snow, glacial crevasses and mountains set well above sea level. Alaska State Parks Chugach National Forest Denali National Park Kachemak Bay State Park Kenai Fjords National Park Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Kenai River Special Management Area Lake Clark National Park Prince William Sound Swanson River Canoe Trail Sign up for our monthly newsletter, Under the Midnight Sun, with the latest updates about new multi-day tours and day trips from Alaska Tours. Bears, moose, caribou and sheep are everywhere. Some visitors come and go in a day – it’s a scenic 2-3 hour flight from Anchorage – while others stay at nearby lodges and enjoy multiday adventures that include more bear viewing in other areas, flightseeing, camping/hiking, and even fishing for some of those plump salmon. Some Alaska parks are easily accessible by car, RV, bus, train and bike, while others are so remote that they can only be reached by plane or boat. Countless birds flock through the area, and flightseeing trips give passengers a bird’s eye view of one of our country’s grandest national parks. Alaska has 8 national parks out of a total 24 National Park Service units (see Everything Everywhere’s Alaska National Parks Guide for details on them all). The Richardson Highway, Glenn Highway and Edgerton Highway all travel the outskirts of the park, which is met in the east by the Kluane National Park on the Canada border. Alaska Public Lands Anchorage, AK. Humans have followed the herds for 10,000 years, so there’s a rich history here, not to mention ancient artifacts and fossils that date back to the Ice Age. Though just 120 air miles southwest of Anchorage and even closer to Kenai Peninsula towns like Homer, Soldotna and Kenai, arriving in Lake Clark National Park from an Alaska city feels like stepping into a completely different universe. Method: Driving to Alaska with Oscar the Outback, our own vehicle. You’d never know that now, as the volcanoes are quiet, the area has returned to vibrant visuals, and a hearty population of huge bears spend the summer hunting those fat, fighting salmon. In Alaska alone, national parks are facing more than $100 million in needed repairs, from Glacier Bay to Wrangell-St. Elias to Bering Land Bridge National Preserve to Denali. You can rough it and camp at all the parks, or at a few, opt to rest comfortably at campgrounds, cabins, or lodges. No matter which Alaska national park you prefer and how you decide to discover each of them, each provides a healthy escape from the mundane, busy, daily urban life with as much peace, quiet and fresh air as you can breathe in. Many officially became national parks as part of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act in 1980, but each has its own unique origins. Glacier Bay Lodge. Yes, Kobuk Valley National Park has vast patches of sand dunes, some piled 10 feet high. Alaska’s national parks offer the full spectrum of landscapes – from Alaska’s alpine awesomeness and marine magic to countless mountains, endless blankets of tundra, tons of towering trees, glaciers galore, and every kind of scenery the state is renowned for — even some unexpected sand dunes! Denali National Park Gates of the Arctic National Park Lake Clark National Park & Preserve Glacier Bay National Park Katmai National Park & Preserve Seward & Kenai Fjords Wrangell St. Elias National Park Plus, an add-on opportunity for a 5th national park with a visit to Gates of the Arctic National Park. This is truly an Alaska national park unlike any other. Depart early on the Coastal Classic Train to Seward. The hotels were great and the activities were well planned. Lake Clark offers some comforts of civilization like lodges and dining, cabins, and transportation on planes, boats (water taxis, kayaks, canoes, rafts) and ATVs. The most intimate and unique way to travel through the park is by kayak. Brooks Falls Bears in Katmai National Park. Thanks for visiting "Stories from Alaska" where you'll find lots of inspiration and ideas for your Alaska vacation! After visiting the Exit Glacier Nature Center, visitors can literally walk up to Exit Glacier, feel cold radiating from it and the icefield above, and hear it snapping, crackling and popping. An itinerary connecting Kenai Fjords National Park, south of Anchorage, and Denali National Park, to the north, is probably Alaska's most popular land trip for first-time visitors. By area, Alaska holds more than half of America’s national park lands. Arrive in Fairbanks. That’s a whole lot of iconic Alaska to explore, history to relive, animals to observe, and postcard-perfect landscapes to soak up. Addressing the Impacts of Climate Change on America's Water, Land, and Other Natural and Cultural Resources https://on.doi.gov/11R6yjx. It has so many special settings and so much spectacular wildlife that it is home to eight Alaska National Parks covering 54 million acres — not to mention 50 National Historic Landmarks, 16 National Natural Landmarks, 24 official National Park Service units, and nearly 100 state park areas! Alaska Park Science: Scientific studies on climate change in Alaska's national parks. Alaska poses unique challenges for stamp collectors, because many of these sites are remote and costly to visit. We booked the Gold star National Parks by Rail through Alaska Railroad for a 6 day and 5 night trip for 6 people. Overnight in Fairbanks. Even getting into the park is an expedition as most take a small plane from Fairbanks to Bettles, stop by the park’s ranger station and visitor’s center there, then continue into the park via air taxi (often a float plane). Anchorage, Alaska 99501. Big bears are a big draw to Katmai National Park, which hosts thousands of enthusiastic visitors and holds international fame thanks to indelible images of bears snatching salmon from the wild waters of Brooks Falls (not to mention a strategically-placed web cam that broadcasts the action live around the world). No matter where you are in the park, keep your eyes open for wildlife. There’s just one road inside Denali National Park and like the mountain, it’s a grand one. Hundreds of thousands of caribou also traverse the area, a mind-blowing sight. How’s this for national park prestige? There are lodges and cabins, as well as campgrounds, around the park. The park contains six campgrounds, numerous lodges at the park entry, and another lodge deep within the park. The area’s timeless run of salmon also spawned nearly 10,000 years of fascinating human activity, as evidenced by numerous archaeological sites and current Alaska Native residents. This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. Equally impressive and even more active is the area’s marine wildlife: Humpbank whales, orcas (killer whales), harbor seals, Stellar sea lions, sea otters, harbor porpoises and many fish. National Park Service. Anyone can drive the first 15 miles of the road, if weather allows, to Savage River and its campground but after that, Denali Park visitors can only enter by foot, bicycle, or one of the park’s official tour buses, which come with narrated or non-narrated options. As you watch, amidst the silence, massive chunks of ice fall and crash into the water, making a sudden thunderous boom. See hanging and tidewater glaciers, sea otters, sea lions and perhaps even a whale. Plans and other documents still available are listed on the web pages given below. Visitors certainly won’t run out of things to do once they’re settled in: there are guided tours of the mining areas and infrastructure, opportunities to learn about the area’s boom and bust copper mining history, as well as the Alaska Native cultural presence. The Inside Passage through Southeast Alaska is one of the world’s most spectacular stretches of waterway, traveled by thousands of cruise ship passengers. Even the silence is extreme here – there are no signs of people: towns, roads, WiFi or cell service, lodges, trails, bathrooms or ranger stations. Alaska’s parks, forests, and refuges are rich and varied. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service efforts to override Alaska's authority to manage state-trust fish and wildlife species. Float among the icebergs at Spencer Glacier and down the Placer River. That's because these parks and the area in between offer so much of what visitors come to Alaska to see, and in spectacular places: at Kenai Fjords, waterways full of whales, marine birds, and glaciers; and at Denali, broad swaths of … 6 new parks added; 1 park deauthorized. Package prices may vary from the published rates with hotel and tour selections. Today, there are 19 national parks and national historic areas in Alaska, covering 54 million acres of land. ©2020 Alaska Railroad. The park touches sea level at the Gulf of Alaska and reaches its highest point at 18,008 feet on the summit of Mt. Visitors can spend days exploring the dunes, but there are also backpacking, camping and hiking options, as well as fishing and boating in the summer, and for the very bold traveler, snowmachining and dog mushing in the winter. In 1910, the first national park in Alaska was created—the Sitka National Historic Park. I regret when driving around American Samoa that I didn’t turn left up the hill to visit the national park there. Nothing. Highlights: Visit 4 National Parks including Kenai Fjords, Denali, Wrangell-St. Elias and Katmai (or Lake Clark National Park for bear viewing). Some glaciers are miles long and nearly a mile wide, starting high in the mountains and dipping into the seawater, where they calve into chunks that splash down and bob scenically in the water. The bears return to some of the same spots year after year, so it makes bear-viewing thrilling yet easy. Size is just the start of what makes this park so phenomenal. Glacier Bay National Park on an Alaska Grand Tour. 2:16 Western National Parks Association promotion 2:40 WildTribute.com promotion 3:05 North Cascades Institute promotion 3:34 Traveler's Lynn Riddick and Dr. Bryan Watts discuss Chesapeake Bay bald eagles and how national park units benefit them. Book an excursion, or explore shops, museums and restaurants at your leisure. On the water, large boats and small water taxis take visitors on glacier tours, fishing trips, and drop-offs at lodges or camping areas. 2010a. 111-11. Camping wherever possible. Available early June - early September 2021. The park is known as one of America’s wildest places but is also a paradise for seasoned and savvy hikers, backpackers and mountain climbers who bound around the Brooks Range, and kayakers, canoers and rafters who travel the Noatak River. In the summer, the Midnight Sun blasts big and bright 24 hours a day; in other seasons, it’s practically all dark or dusky, except for some displays of dancing northern lights. Take the Denali Star, the Alaska Railroad's flagship train to Denali National Park. Katmai is situated in Southwest Alaska, where Bering Sea/Bristol Bay salmon and the volcanic peaks of the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes are abundant. A big, bright chunk of that acreage is held by the Harding Icefield. Ready to come for a visit to one of our amazing national parks? And while the region became a national park in 1980, there are the plenty of opportunities to learn about the human history that spans thousands of years: from explorers to the area’s Tlingit culture, which is on display at the Huna Tribal House and other places in Bartlett Cove. And that’s the draw for around 10,000 visitors that come to the park every year – escape, adventure, untouched vistas. One of the park’s highlights is Exit Glacier, which is a very short drive from Seward. Overnight in Girdwood. Kenai Fjords National Park redefines most expectations of a “traditional” national park. No. But it turns out this classic destination is not the most popular park in Alaska. Public lands, including national parks and forest lands in Alaska, are a crucial part of our state's thriving tourism industry. Travel into Denali National Park & Preserve on the Denali Backcountry Adventure, a narrated tour of the park by bus. That includes the wonders within its waters, and many great white glaciers. Facts Regarding Recent Changes to State Wildlife Management in Alaska's National Parks and Refuges (August 2017) The State of Alaska is among several parties with lawsuits pending challenging U.S. Here’s a snapshot of each park’s offerings and a few of their equally interesting stories. In addition to the 15 national parks, one wild river, and 120 state parks, (including recreation areas, and historic parks), Alaska is home to 16 national wildlife refuges and two national forests. There’s exceptional access to five parks in … This place is so special, it was designated a National Park way back in 1918 after the area was devastated by volcanic activity. Located along the Pacific Ring of Fire, it's home to one of Alaska's great volcanic mountain ranges, the Wrangell Mountains -- an area covering 4,000 square miles. Either taking Inside Passage, a ferry system along the Pacific Coast, or driving on a highway through Canada. Alaska's State Parks. And that’s just the start of what makes this remote Alaska park so astounding. Visitors can drive, take a bus/shuttle, or even fly into the park and to the copper mining ghost towns of Kennecott/McCarthy at the end of the scenic 60-mile McCarthy Road. It’s one of America’s largest national parks, yet it’s also one of the least-visited. Alaska is enormous, and it’s practically bursting with out-of-this-world natural beauty and wonder. Glacier Bay National Park, west of Juneau, is the glacial prima donna among our national parks. Paddling into a fjord is an unforgettable experience: surrounded by glaciers, mountains and forest, an occasional puffin flying by, a salmon jumping, or an otter crunching on a shell. While the towns certainly have their own natural splendor, Lake Clark’s landscapes and legacy are deeper, richer and amplified. Nightlife here though takes place under the Midnight Sun and hustle and bustle includes watching bears feed on salmon and strolling on beaches and tundra, perusing one of the park’s volcanoes, seeing birds fly by outside your tent, or catching a salmon of your own along Cook Inlet or in one of the park’s numerous lakes and streams. For more information from the National Park Service, call 907-697-2230 or visit the Glacier Bay National Park website. The US government had tried in the past to make land in the west available for private purchase but the costs were still prohibitive for many families and settlement of the west had been slow. This park is covered by icy glaciers, bordered by the marine-life-filled waters of Resurrection Bay in the Gulf of Alaska, and, of course, dotted by fjords, dramatic inlets squeezed inside high, tight glacier carved cliffs. Contrasting the Great Kobuk, Little Kobuk and Hunt River sand dunes are the lush wetlands that follow the Kobuk River, which cuts its way through the south end of the park. There are hiking trails and campgrounds around the park, and with them chances to see moose, sheep and bears. Three other factors make a huge difference in visitation: location, location, location. Kobuk Valley National Park view (Source: everything-everywhere.com). at the Alaska Railroad. Overnight in Denali. Sandwiched by the Baird Mountains and Waring Mountains above the Arctic Circle in Northwest Alaska, Kobuk Valley is 1.7 million acres of surprising Alaska amazement. Overnight in Denali. December 5, 2008. Overnight in Anchorage. Within this vast landscape, Alaska’s many national parks, preserves, monuments and national historical parks are home to a host of natural, cultural, and historic wonders. In the viewing areas at Brooks Falls, visitors (which include vacation travelers, Alaskans, professional photographers and scientists) can hear the bruins grunting at one another, snapping their jaws, and even crunching on their fresh catch. There’s a reason “Inspirational Quotes” is one of Pinterest’s most popular categories. Please call for quote: 800.544.0552. One of the best features of Wrangell-St. Elias is its accessibility for visitors. Discover Alaska’s National Parks from the highest mountains to the harshest glaciers, in national parks like Denali, Kenai Fjords, and Wrangell-St. Elias. You won’t see many signs of humans, though, and that’s the point of this park. Alaska, the Land of the Midnight Sun, has the nation's largest glacial system, world-class wildlife … In some national parks, the federal government owns the surface lands and private companies own some of the mineral rights below the surface. Some documents are available in print, some are only available on-line and others are available in both formats. Glaciers and wind, which deposited the silt and sand into the concentrated area surrounded by mountains. You don’t have to climb to see it up close, though. Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park, Kentucky redesignated from a national historic site. Lunch included. But Phil Francis, chair of the Coalition to Protect America's National Parks, said the Park Service has the authority to manage wildlife within parks and preserves. Watch for views of Denali and keep an eye out for wildlife. Getting close to this activity is easy, whether by kayak, boat and yacht glacier tours, and guided fishing trips. And while there are countless roads in Alaska’s urban areas, there are none in Lake Clark. It has so many special settings and so much spectacular wildlife that it is home to eight Alaska National Parks covering 54 million acres — not to mention 50 National Historic Landmarks, 16 National Natural Landmarks, 24 official National Park Service units, and nearly 100 state park areas! Luckily, Anchorage is in the center of it all and offers many ways to enjoy the parks. National Parks. Overnight in Anchorage. Wrangell St. Elias National Park was created in 1980 to protect and spotlight its incredible environment as well as its cultural resources like archeological sites, cultural landscapes, ethnographic resources, museum objects and structures. “We are appalled by the Secretary of the Interior’s decision to adopt these cruel and unsportsmanlike hunting practices on National Park Service preserve lands in Alaska. On this week-long Alaska rail itinerary, explore some of the nation's most treasured wild lands: Denali National Park & Preserve and Kenai Fjords National Park. Set above the Arctic Circle in the rugged Brooks Range 200 miles north of Fairbanks, the Gates of the Arctic National Park embodies these extremes. The National Park Service administers 419 units and more than 500 concession contracts.One company operates lodges in Grand Canyon National Park (shown here in 2015) as well as Yellowstone and Zion. Evening train departure to Anchorage. In Anchorage and on the Kenai Peninsula, there’s a familiar hum of automobiles and buzzing of planes while in Lake Clark, it’s the wildlife – from amazing salmon runs of Bristol Bay sockeye to the hundreds of hungry, hulking brown bears hunting them each summer. Take a flightseeing tour out of Anchorage, Talkeetna or the park entrance, some of which offer glacier landings alongside the famous peak. And like these glaciers, the list of this park’s personality traits goes on and on…, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park view from McCarthy. That said, you could also spend a dozen days sightseeing in just one park and never run out of new experiences or memorable moments. The unquestioned jewel of those magical marine miles is Glacier Bay National Park, 3.3 million acres of everything that’s distinct about this region. Alaska is enormous, and it’s practically bursting with out-of-this-world natural beauty and wonder. Upon arrival, cruise Kenai Fjords National Park. P.L. Diverse and bountiful. Congress created the park in 1917, though not to showcase what was then known as Mt. Alaska's Glaciers and Denali Cruise Package, Ride the Coastal Classic, Denali Star and Glacier Discovery Trains, Wildlife viewing tour in Denali National Park, Glacier and wildlife cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park, Iceberg float at the Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop. The morning is at your leisure before your journey back to Anchorage on the Denali Star Train. A flightseeing tour over the park provides a priceless perspective of its peaks, glaciers and forests. Travel via the Glacier Discovery Train to the Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop. Once you soak up all the inspiration from this roundup of our favorite travel quotes, feel free … Denali bus tours often travel to the end of the road and the Kantishna area, which has a lodge and incredible views of Denali, just 25 miles away. Your guide will interpret the history, flora and fauna as you make your way to the heart of the park, Kantishna. With 17 national park units and 16 national wildlife refuges, the options may seem limitless. Several of these plans are now out of print. Learn all about the area’s past and present at the Northwest Arctic Heritage Center in Kotzebue, home to the park’s headquarters. Home to Denali (formerly named Mount McKinley), Alaska’s famously striking attraction and North America’s tallest peak at 20,310 feet, this 6 million acre park is set in the center of the state and embodies Alaska’s vastness, wilderness and gorgeousness. They include some of the nation’s most iconic landscapes, and they are also critical to state and local economies. Title XI of ANILCA addresses: (1) growth and development of Alaska’s transportation system; (2) routes of access to non-federal lands within or adjacent to park areas; and (3) “special access” for traditional activities. Along the way, you'll have the chance to watch for wildlife by land and sea, and float among glacial icebergs on a guided rafting tour. Four major mountain ranges cross the park – Wrangell, St. Elias, Chugach and the Alaska Range – and nine of the nation’s 16 tallest peaks are set here. The Mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management, and where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.. Day tour in Denali National Park to Kantishna. Once there, enjoy a buffet lunch before traveling back to the Park entrance. In the mid 1800's, with economic and social changes gripping the developed eastern states of the union, people were increasingly looking west to the vast underdeveloped lands and the romantic vision of a new opportunity. The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation has management plans for each of its larger park units. In all, Alaska contains over 322 million acres of public lands. Sand dunes in Alaska? Wrangell St. Elias National Park Nestled in Alaska's southeastern corner, Wrangell St. Elias National Park is the country's largest national park. These include national parks, preserves, wild rivers, and historical sites. Detail from our America National Parks map. There are big bears (the grizzlies of Lake Clark National Park and Katmai National Park), bigger whales (Kenai Fjords National Park, Glacier Bay National Park), and really, really big mountains (Denali National Park, with its namesake peak that’s North America’s tallest, Denali; and also Wrangell-St. Elias National Park). The charming fishing town of Seward, just a two-hour drive south of Anchorage, is the gateway to the park and a gem in its own right. St. Elias. It was formed to protect the area’s Dall sheep from overhunting, then evolved and expanded as visiting and viewing the peak started becoming the popular pursuit it is today. Mostly unpaved, Denali Park Road travels 92 miles into the heart of the park, offering views of Denali and its giant mountain neighbors, tundra and alpine terrain, and the area’s animals — bears, caribou, moose, sheep, wolves, and more. The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) is a United States federal law passed on November 12, 1980, by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Jimmy Carter on December 2 of that year. Want to get even closer? Sign up with your email and we'll keep you posted on what's going on Alaska and the islands take a bit more. Let’s go, 1-866-317-3325 (toll-free) And believe it or not, really ambitious Alaska travelers who have a few weeks for their visit can see all eight parks, and enjoy the best each has to offer, in just one trip. One of its many massive glaciers, Malaspina, is larger than Rhode Island, while another, Nabesna, is nearly 80 miles long. Dan Wenk (Acting) President George W. Bush. Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Many visitors pass through Glacier Bay National Park by cruise, but Glacier Bay Lodge is the perfect spot to stay a few days (3 … This park really has it all. Alaska has so many impressive landscapes, and Denali National Park does not disappoint. Gates of the Arctic reached national park status in 1980, protecting 8.5 million acres of land to “maintain the wild and undeveloped character of the area, including opportunities for visitors to experience solitude,” notes the National Parks Service, which also safeguards the habitat for fish and wildlife, including thousands of caribou that have traversed the area for ages. All prices are subject to change without notice. McKinley. There are hundreds of millions of acres of publically owned lands across the West and Alaska, including National Forests, Bureau of Land Management lands, National Parks and National Monuments. A short train ride to Portage follows the float tour, and a motorcoach transfer from Portage to Girdwood gets you back in time for dinner. Glacier Bay’s pull isn’t exclusive to the water. For every sentiment, it seems there’s someone who has already put it perfectly to words. Later, enjoy an evening of rip-roarin' entertainment and hearty grub at a local dinner theater. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is America’s largest national park at 13.2 million acres, which, according to the National Park Service, is the size of Yellowstone and Yosemite national parks plus the country of Switzerland combined. Pull up on a beach for lunch and a break. I had previously done the Denali backcountry trip with the park service but thought the private one through this tour was fantastic. NPS and Alaska Geographic. But Kenai Fjords gets even more exciting beyond its glaciers and marine life. How are there sand dunes in the northern reaches of Alaska? Southeast is also home to bears (brown and black), moose and sheep, as well as some of Alaska’s most luxurious lodges, coolest campgrounds and inspiring hiking trails. On this week-long Alaska rail itinerary, explore some of the nation's most treasured wild lands: Denali National Park & Preserve and Kenai Fjords National Park. For about half the year, temperatures hover around zero. Sand dunes in Alaska! Out of more than 400 National Park System “units,” Alaska has around two dozen areas with a collectible stamp for your National Park Service Passport. Along the way, you'll have the chance to watch for wildlife by land and sea, and float among glacial icebergs on a guided rafting tour. We work with agents and advisors to provide the best Alaska experience for your clients. Parks to visit: 8 Duration of journey: Month of August, 2017 (yep, we’re planning way ahead). Bluish rivers of ice slowly push their way to the water’s edge. See wild Alaskan brown bears in their natural habitat of Chinitna Bay on a fly-out bear viewing excursion. 1-907-277-3000 (local calls), 600 Barrow Street, Suite 200 Soon after, the United States authorized the establishment of more parks and historic monuments, but they were not managed by a central agency. And in Glacier Bay National Park, there’s even world-class activity in the air. National Park Service Climate Change Response Strategy. This consideration led Congress to provide, in Title XI of ANILCA, for the continuation of appropriate types of access across and into Alaska’s national park areas. At 670,000 acres, set on the Kenai Peninsula, Kenai Fjords National Park is one of Alaska’s smallest national parks. And the wildlife you’ll experience? And then there’s guided exploration of nearby glaciers, classic Alaska hiking, backpacking and camping in every direction, mountain biking, rafting, and even fishing and hunting. The Anchorage Interagency Visitor Center helps visitors and residents to have meaningful, safe, enjoyable experiences on public lands, and encourages them to sustain the natural and cultural resources of Alaska. On land, there’s seemingly endless rain forest and majestic mountains, many wrapped by glaciers, those rivers of ice carving their way toward water. 28:07 Wonder Lake - Various Artists - The Spirit of Alaska 28:26 National Parks Traveler promotion View caribou, birds and float mighty rivers in this 8.4 million- acre swath of the Arctic. Most Alaska national park tours offer hiking and biking, wildlife viewing, rafting and kayaking, fishing, and other forms of Alaska outdoor fun and adventure. In Alaska, The U.S. That's roughly the size of Connecticut. The GoldStar Dome Service on the Alaska Railroad is one of the most luxuFrom a peaceful coastal beach to the tallest peak in America rious ways to enjoy Alaska’s spectacular scenery. 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