Alaska September 04, 2017
Some Of The Least Visited National Parks In The Country Are In Alaska And They’re Incredibly Beautiful
Of the 59 National Parks in the U.S., 8 of them are in Alaska: Denali, Gates of the Arctic, Glacier Bay, Katmai, Kenai Fjords, Kobuk Valley, Lake Clark and Wrangell-St. Elias. Of those, two are on the “least-visited” list. Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve and Lake Clark National Park and Preserve both have under 20,000 visitors a year and are amazingly beautiful places in Alaska. They may be off the beaten path, but they are worth the journey. Visit these absurdly gorgeous parks in Alaska.
Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve is the second biggest national park at 13,238 square miles. The park houses 8.4 million acres of the diverse arctic ecosystems in Alaska's central Brooks Range.
The northernmost national park, a mere 10,745 visitors made it to the park in 2016. The vast landscape does not have any roads or trails. Adventurers must be seasoned in back country travel as there are no amenities of any kind.
It also serves to protect the 12,000-year record of human cultural adaptations to high latitude mountain environments and the unbroken tradition of the living on the land. This park can only be accessed by bush plane.
Wild rivers wind through glacier-carved valleys and caribou travel along their ancient trails. In this place, you can experience a quiet commune with the nature which is unreal in our modern world.
A trip to Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve is a rare treat that comparatively few have experienced. A trip here will put you in the deeply wild Alaska that most only dream about.
Lake Clark National Park and Preserve contains 4 million acres on the Alaska Peninsula in southwest Alaska. This park sees 21,102 annual visitors and is also only accessible by small plane.
This park is a land of stunning beauty where volcanoes steam, salmon leap, bears forage, and high mountains reflect in shimmering turquoise lakes.
The park was created to support the ongoing tradition of subsistence culture in this protected habitat for fish and wildlife. The watershed is an important to the Bristol Bay red salmon, vital to 10,000 years of human survival in the area.
Both coastal and interior brown bears are everywhere in the park, but don't let that deter you. With safe camping techniques and good gear, a trip to Lake Clark should provide endless wildlife viewing in the pristine alpine scenery.
With volcanoes, glaciers, braided rivers and deep, clear lakes, you will be mesmerized by the beauty. Lake Clark is stunning part of Alaska and once you get there, you will want to return time and again.
Learn more about the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve in
The World’s Most Remote National Park Is Located Right Here In Alaska.
Learn more about Lake Clark National Park and Preserve in
7 Wonders Of The World That Are Actually Right Here In Alaska.
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