Alaska National Parks

Alaska holds 2/3 of the total acreage of the National Park System. In recent years, the land tours and the cruise ship industry have fueled the popularity of Alaska’s National Parks

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park near Skagway, in southeastern Alaska, offers a glimpse into the pioneer days and the gold rush frenzy that gripped the area from 1896 to ‘99. The nearby White Pass and Chilkoot Pass were the routes to the Yukon River with its waiting riches.

Denali National Park and Preserve, North of Anchorage, was originally designated to protect Dall Sheep. The fact that the land is home to Denali (Mt. McKinley), the tallest mountain in North America is an added bonus. The park is open year round for wildlife, and if you’re lucky, mountain viewing. The weather conditions often shroud the mountain in clouds. The park has one road which is 92 miles long. The first 15 miles are paved, and after that a tour bus will carry you the rest of the way to the visitor’s center.