Where you go
Most National Parks in Alaska limit the access that
individuals have in the parks. Most are inaccessible by road, or have
no private vehicle access. In these cases, the best way to visit the
park is on one of the many tours available.
In Denali National Park, there are a number of
different options available, ranging from the park shuttle bus system
to overnight tours where you spend the night at one of the lodges in Kantishna. In
Kenai Fjords National Park, a number of companies
operate tours by boat, with interpretive services provided by a
National Park Ranger. At other parks in Alaska, tours vary depending
upon the specifics of the park. Many of Alaska’s parks are only
accessible by plane, such as Gates of the Arctic, and Yukon – Charley,
and visitors must arrange their visits with outfitters.
What You See
Each of Alaska’s national parks has its own character and sights.
Denali National Park is known for its wildlife, as well as for North
America’s highest peak, Mt. McKinley.
Gates of the Arctic National Park features spectacular vistas
ranging from rugged mountains to the tundra and even sand
dunes. It is best experienced from one of the many rivers that
flow through its boundaries. Kenai Fjords National Park is
best seen from the water, where guests will see wildlife,
spectacular scenery, and on longer tours, some of the
Some of the best tours of
Wrangell St. Elias National Park are flight seeing tours, though there are some great lodges
in the park at McCarthy. Glacier Bay has numerous glaciers, fjords,
islands, and abundant wildlife.
What You Eat
Each tour is different, so guests
should consult with the tour operator or their travel consultant about
the specifics of their tour. Some include meals, or meals and lodging,
and other do not.
What You Bring –
The specific items that you will need to bring with
you for your tour will depend on where you are and what your tour
provides. However, guests should be prepared for inclement weather,
especially if the tour includes time out of doors. Tours are generally
not cancelled for weather reasons, so rain and cold weather are
possible on any day. Of course, a camera is a great idea, and for
extended visits where there are no meals provided, you should bring
whatever food and water you’re going to need for your stay.
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