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15 Best National Parks to Visit in August (USA)

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Planning a trip to the US national parks in August and don’t know which ones to visit? August is a busy time to visit the national parks, but crowd levels aren’t quite at their peak (that typically happens in July for many parks). In this guide, we list some popular summertime parks to visit plus a few quieter parks where …

Best US National Parks July

15 Best National Parks to Visit in July (USA)

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Which are the best national parks to visit in July? In this guide, we list 15 great parks to visit in the USA. Go hiking in Mount Rainier and Glacier National Parks, go whale watching in the Channel Islands, and venture into Alaska for some amazing adventures. About this National Park Series This article is part of a series about …

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15 Best National Parks to Visit in June (USA)

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The list of US national parks to visit in June is wonderfully long and diverse. Visit the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, go hiking in the Rocky Mountains, spend some time in the tranquil forests in Olympic and Sequoia National Parks, and explore one of the most underrated US national parks, Wrangell-St. Elias. About this National Park Series This …

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15 Best National Parks to Visit in May (USA)

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Planning a trip to the US national parks in May and don’t know which ones to visit? May is a beautiful time to visit the national parks, now that the snow has melted across much of the country and roads are beginning to reopen. The list of national parks to visit in May is a lot longer than winter and …

Aialik Glacier Kayaking

Aialik Glacier Kayaking: Beauty & Adventure in Kenai Fjords

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One of the best things to do in Kenai Fjords National Park is to cruise through the fjords, to see the glaciers that carved out this beautiful landscape. And if you are looking for adventure, kayak to Aialik Glacier, one of the more remote glaciers in Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska. This experience combines a fjord cruise with glacier kayaking. …

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Denali Flightseeing Tour: Photos, Tour Options, & is It Worth It?

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One of the best ways to experience Denali National Park is on a flightseeing tour. Denali is the tallest mountain in North America. It’s vertical relief, which is the visible difference from base to peak, is 18,000 feet (5,500 meters), which is the highest of any mountain in the world. On a Denali flightseeing tour, you get an up-close experience …

Denali Road Closure

What to Do in Denali while Denali Park Road is Closed (& Is It Worth It?)

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Only one road leads into Denali (Denali Park Road) and currently it is closed at mile 43, which is about the halfway point. This road closure cuts off access into the backcountry of the park, which is unfortunate, since some of Denali’s best experiences lie beyond this road closure. However, even with the road closure, there is still plenty that …

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9 Amazing Things to Do in Kenai Fjords National Park

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Hike to one of the largest icefields in North America, spot humpback whales and orcas on a wildlife cruise, kayak in front of glaciers, go ice climbing or glacier hiking, and soar over the fjords in a helicopter…these are all things to do in Kenai Fjords National Park. This is one of the few national parks in Alaska that you …

Best USA Road Trips

Best USA Road Trips: 18 Ideas for Your Next Big Adventure

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One of the best ways to explore the USA is on a good old-fashioned road trip. Cruise along Route 66, road trip through the Florida Keys, explore the American Southwest, or even drive from coast to coast. In this guide, we share 18 of the best USA road trips…18 great ideas for your next big adventure. About these USA Road …

Views of Denali

16 Best Things to Do in Denali National Park

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Denali National Park, one of the largest national parks in the USA, is home to millions of acres of remote, rugged wilderness. It is named for Denali, the tallest mountain in North America, and catching a view of this mountain peak is one of the best things to do in Denali National Park. There are many adventures to be had …

Alaska Itinerary

10 Day Alaska Itinerary: 3 Epic Road Trip Ideas

Julie Itinerary, United States 16 Comments

There are many ways to plan your “perfect Alaska itinerary,” depending on your interests. Cruise the fjords, go glacier hiking or ice climbing, soar over the snow-capped mountains on a flightseeing tour, see Denali in all her glory, watch brown bears feeding on salmon, and drive through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the USA. If it is your …

Bonanza Peak Alaska

How to Hike the Bonanza Mine Trail | Wrangell – St. Elias National Park & Preserve

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The Bonanza Mine Trail is a tough hike that features panoramic views over the Kennicott and Root Glaciers. It’s not the most thrilling hike at first but once above the tree line the views really open up. The pay-off comes at the end…the chance to see the abandoned Bonanza Mine and sweeping views across Wrangell – St. Elias National Park …

Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes

The Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes Tour in Katmai National Park

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The Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes is the site of one of the world’s largest volcanic eruptions. Located in Katmai National Park, a visit to this area makes a great day trip from Brooks Lodge. I know that it can be hard to pull yourself away from the awesome bear viewing of the Brooks Falls viewing platforms, but if you …

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10 Best Things to Do in Wrangell – St. Elias National Park & Preserve

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Wrangell – St. Elias National Park & Preserve is one of our favorite US National Parks. Its remote location, countless mountains and glaciers, and sheer beauty is simply astounding. It feels like an adventure to drive in on McCarthy Road, pull your belongings across the footbridge, and get shuttled to your lodge or campground. From Kennecott and McCarthy, you can …

Root Glacier Hike

Hiking the Root Glacier Trail in Wrangell – St. Elias National Park

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Hiking the Root Glacier Trail is one of the best things to do in Wrangell – St. Elias National Park and Preserve. This national park is covered with a huge amount of glacial ice and the Root Glacier is the most accessible glacier in the park. Whether or not you have been glacier hiking before, this is an awesome experience. …

Savage Alpine Trail Denali

How to Hike the Savage Alpine Trail in Denali National Park

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If you want sweeping views of Denali National Park, and a great view of Denali without venturing too far into the park, put the Savage Alpine Trail on your to-do list. This is one of our favorite hikes in Denali National Park & Preserve. On a clear day, you can see Denali from the high points of this hiking trail. …

Denali Park Road

Denali Park Road Travel Guide: Things to Do, Map, Photos, Itineraries

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There is only one road that leads into Denali National Park and that would be Denali Park Road. Stretching 92 miles, this road leads to stunning viewpoints, scenic lakes, and numerous hiking trails and campsites. Along the drive, you have the chance to spot all of Alaska’s Big 5, not to mention big views of Denali. If you plan to …

McKinley Bar Trail

How to Hike the McKinley Bar Trail in Denali National Park

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The McKinley Bar Trail is a great add-on to a Denali Park Road backcountry adventure. Hiking through a beautiful landscape of streams, marshes, and spruce trees makes this hike enjoyable even on a cloudy day. And on a clear day you will also be treated with specular views of Denali and the Alaskan Range. The McKinley Bar Trail is an …

Top 10 Hikes in Denali

Top 10 Hikes in Denali National Park & Preserve

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Looking for a great hike to do in Denali National Park? You have a lot to choose from. The National Park Service website lists 20 hikes in Denali National Park. These trails are scattered throughout the park and range in distance and difficulty. We hiked a majority of these trails and we have a lot of information, and photos, to …

Exit Glacier

Ice Climbing on the Exit Glacier | Kenai Fjords National Park

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Are you looking for an adventure to add to your Alaskan itinerary? How about ice climbing on the Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park? This experience, from start to finish, is a blast. The day starts off with a short but tough hike up a portion of the Harding Icefield Trail. Once at the Exit Glacier, you will put …