Lake Clark National Park is a land of stunning beauty with steaming volcanoes, craggy mountains and foraging bears. Solitude is found around every bend in the river and shoulder of a mountain. Venture into the park to become part of this Alaska wilderness. Photo by Kara Lewandowski, National Park Service.
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in Alaska is a true wilderness filled with mountains, glaciers, historic sites, and several living cultures. A trip here can be quite different from a park in the lower 48. Flexibility and patience are required – visitor services are limited, access can be challenging, weather varies widely – but the reward is worth the effort! Photo courtesy of Jacob W. Frank, National Park Service.
Relaxing in Chicken Alaska von JLS Photography - Alaska Über Flickr: Doc Doolittle can’t wait for summer to arrive, so he can return to gold country. The road is closed in winter, and buried under a few feet of snow - but once spring arrives and the road dries out, you’ll find him poking around the old relic’s left behind from gold rush days.
In this image he was relaxing in front of a weathered cabin, to escape the eighty degree temperature’s in Chicken Alaska.
A wild river runs between two jagged mountains at Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, creating a doorway to a wilderness of glacier-carved valleys and aurora-lit night skies. This vast landscape lies north of the Arctic Circle and has no roads or trails – making for adventurous exploration. Photo by Carl Johnson, National Park Service.
Happy Alaska Day! On this day in 1867, the Territory of Alaska was formally transferred from Russia to the United States. To celebrate this important day in Alaska history, we’re highlight some of Alaska’s lesser known (but breathtaking) national parks on Instagram. Be sure to follow along all day for amazing photos of Alaska’s wild frontier: https://www.instagram.com/usinterior/
Photo of Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve by by Ken Hill, National Park Service.