If you’ve ever researched visiting Denali National Park, you’ve probably noticed one thing immediately: you can’t drive on the single unpaved Denali Park Road. In order to reduce emissions, limit traffic congestion, and protect park resources and wildlife, Denali National Park began a bus system for travelers in 1972. Due to concern from nostalgic visitors who wished to drive the road, the park began its annual Road Lottery event in 1990, when 400 cars are given permits to drive the entire 92-mile Park Road.
Alaska is big, wild, and powerful. The state boasts some of the most beautiful and remote national parks in the country, each with its own unique characteristics. I’ve lived in Alaska on-and-off for seven years, and it’s my pleasure to introduce you.
As the most northern national park in America, and the only park north of the Arctic Circle, Gates of the Arctic is truly unlike any place in the country or the entire National Park Service. You likely won’t see many humans here; at 8.5 million acres, it’s the second largest in the US, but it only receives about 11,000 annual visitors. This remote wonderland is brimming with epic wildlife and a true sense of discovery.