1. Wrangell-St Elias National Park, AlaskaGet More Info
“This park may be my all-time favorite,” says Joe Yogerst, author of National Geographic’s 100 Parks, 5,000 Ideas. At 13.2 million acres—the size of five Yellowstone National Parks—Wrangell-St Elias is the largest national park in the U.S. (it dwarfs Alaska’s more well-known national park, Denali), and includes a major segment of the Saint Elias Mountains, which include most of the highest peaks in the United States and Canada. Around and on top of the rugged glacial peaks (up to 18,000-plus feet), there’s no shortage of outdoor-adventure activities. “I’ve kayaked down at Icy Bay, done fly-in backpacking out of McCarthy, and landed on glaciers with legendary bush pilot Paul Claus, who also runs one of the park lodges,” says Yogerst. We recommend exploring and hiking through the ice caves, too.
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