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    Gift From the Sun

    Photo by: Chase Dekker Wild-Life Images

    Chase Dekker Wild-Life Images

    National Parks, Preserves and Landmarks to Visit in Alaska

    Explore a world of wild beauty and pure adventure.

    Breathtaking, unadulterated landscapes and incomparable outdoor experiences await you in America's largest state.

    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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    Four United States Army pilots discussing their mission just before the take off, Aleutian Islands, ca 1945. (Photo by PhotoQuest/Getty Images)

    Photo by: PhotoQuest

    PhotoQuest

    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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    The Alaska Range with Mount McKinley and Wonder Lake with Tundra swans (Cygnus columbianus) in the fall, Denali National Park, Alaska, USA. (Photo by: Arterra/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

    Photo by: Arterra

    Arterra

    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 your trip to this breathtaking park >>

    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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    ALASKA, UNITED STATES - 2012/01/01: Holland America cruise ship Ms Zaandam in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, USA. (Photo by Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images)

    Photo by: Wolfgang Kaehler

    Wolfgang Kaehler

    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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    Double catch by two brown bears of Katmai National Park fishing for salmon at Brooks falls.

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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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    The Klondike Gold Rush: Summer car in a street of Dawson, 1899, United States. (Photo by: Photo12/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

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    Photo 12

    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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    Carl Johnson / Design Pics

    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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    Photo by: Education Images

    Education Images

    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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