The State of Alaska (NPS, USA)

The Alagnak Wild River begins in the nearby Katmai National Park and Preserve's rugged Aleutian Range and then meanders west toward Bristol Bay and…

  • Wild River


    Anchorage, the Home of the King Salmon

    Located in the neighboring Katmai National Park and Preserve, the Alagnak Wild River's origins can be found in the park's rocky Aleutian Range. The Alagnak River, which meanders across the stunning Alaska Peninsula on its way west toward Bristol Bay and the Bering Sea, gives visitors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about and appreciate the rich natural and cultural history of southwest Alaska.

    Rafters on the Alganak Wild River
  • Open Space in Alaska

    Located in Anchorage, Alaska

    Alaska's natural areas, such as its parks, forests, and refuges, are exceptionally diverse and well-maintained. Visitors and locals alike are encouraged to take care of Alaska's natural and cultural resources by stopping by one of the many Alaska Public Lands Information Centers. Travelers of all ages can take advantage of the information, interpretation, and educational opportunities offered by these facilities.

    Photo of touchable historic three-dimensional map at the Alaska public lands information Center
  • Heritage Site

    Island of Aleutians Second World War

    Dutch Harbor/Unalaska, Alaska

    Over the course of World War II, the remote Aleutian Islands, home to the Unangax (Aleut) people for over 8,000 years, became a hotly contested battleground in the Pacific. One of the deadliest battles of World War II took place on this thousand-mile-long archipelago after Japanese forces invaded and occupied two islands, forced the relocation of thousands of Unangax civilians, and fought an air war for 15 months.

    Image of four aviators at leisure, playing cribbage
  • Landmark and Protected Area of National Significance


    Salmon King, Alaska

    As a result of its isolation and harsh climate, Aniakchak is one of the National Park Service's least frequented and wildest areas. An impressive six-mile (10 km) wide, 2,500 ft (762 m) deep caldera formed during a massive volcanic eruption 3,500 years ago, making this landscape a vivid reminder of Alaska's location on the volcanically active "Ring of Fire."

    Aerial view of Aniakchak Caldera taken from northern rim
  • Protected Area of National Significance

    Nome, AK

    During the Pleistocene Epoch, the distribution of life in the Western Hemisphere was profoundly impacted by the location of the Bering Land Bridge National Preserve. Indigenous peoples still rely heavily on this land, as they have for hundreds of years. Unique in its natural beauty and ecological vitality.

    Breathtaking autumn colors in Bering Land Bridge National Preserve
  • We Have a National Monument Here

    Krusenstern Cape

    Location: Kotzebue, Alaska

    Located in the Arctic, the monument stretches along the Chukchi Sea for 70 miles. Over 114 beach ridges show signs of human habitation dating back at least 5,000 years. It is still used by the Inupiat today. Large wetland areas host shorebirds from as far away as South America. As hikers and boaters travel through the region, they will come across carpets of wildflowers interspersed with shrubs that host qiviut from muskoxen.

    Chunks of melting sea ice along a shoreline and subsistence camps on the beach in the background.
  • Reserved as a National Park


    The Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska

    Denali is a wild expanse of six million acres that is split in two by a single highway. Along it, visitors can watch the lowland taiga forest give way to the high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, and finally to Denali, the highest peak in North America at 20,310 feet. Large and small wild animals alike continue to live free in the wild, unrestrained by human interference. The wilderness, solitude, and peace of mind are waiting.

    pond surrounded by green brush, reflecting a distant range of snow-covered mountains that are dominated by one massive mountain
  • This is a national park and preserve, which is a protected area.

    The Arctic's Southern Door

    A.K. Bettles

    Absolutely no trails or roads can be found in this enormous wilderness. The pristine ecosystems there reveal the thousands of years of human interaction with the land. In this land, wild rivers wind through valleys carved by glaciers, caribou follow ancient migration routes, and the endless daylight of summer gives way to the dazzling northern lights of winter. In the hands of nature alone, it has changed little if at all.

    Image of mountains and river
  • Reserved as a National Park

    Bay de Glacier

    Alaska; Gustavus

    Covering 3 Highlighting Alaska's Inside Passage, Glacier Bay National Park spans 3 million acres of rugged mountains, dynamic glaciers, temperate rainforest, wild coastlines, and deep sheltered fjords as part of a 25 million acre World Heritage Site. Glacier Bay is a place of boundless potential for exploration and ingenuity, from sea to summit.

    Winter light on the Fairweather Range
  • Inuit Cultural Center

    Location: Barrow, Alaska

    The Iupiat Heritage Center in Barrow, Alaska, tells the story of the Iupiat people who live on the Arctic Plateau. Hunting the bowhead, or "Agviq," they have survived for thousands of years in one of the harshest climates on Earth. "Commercial whalers from New England swarmed these solitary seas in the 19th century in search of the bowhead for its valuable baleen and blubber.

    Three Iñupiat men paddling a whaling boat
  • Protected Area and National Park


    Salmon King, Alaska

    The ground beneath our feet is teeming with life, inhabited by creatures that bring us back to our wild roots. During World War One, the area around Novarupta and the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes was devastated by a volcanic eruption, so in 1918, Katmai was created to protect it. At present, Katmai National Park and Preserve safeguards not only 9,000 years of human history but also an important salmon habitat and tens of thousands of brown bears.

    Large male brown bear at Brooks Falls
  • Park that is protected by national law

    The Kenai Peninsula and its fjords

    Seward, AK

    Somewhere near the tip of the Kenai Peninsula is a frozen wasteland. Harding Icefield, the crown jewel of Kenai Fjords, is the source of nearly forty glaciers. Animals thrive in the cold waters and verdant forests that surround this massive ice sheet. These were the foundations upon which the Sugpiaq built a culture deeply intertwined with the ocean. The effects of our altering climate are now visible in receding glaciers.

    Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park
  • A Protected Area or Park

    Kobuk Vally

    A.R.T. : Kotzebue, Alaska

    Kobuk Valley National Park is home to a wide variety of wildlife and landscapes, including caribou, sand dunes, the Kobuk River, and Onion Portage. There are half a million migrating caribou, and their tracks can be seen all over the sculpted sand dunes. Historically and currently, the Kobuk River serves as a passageway for a wide variety of animals and people. For the past 9,000 years, visitors have swum the river to Onion Portage in search of caribou. This illustrious custom is still practiced today.

    Image of sand dunes
  • Protected Area and National Park

    Lake Clark

    Alaska; Port Alsworth

    The landscape of Lake Clark National Park and Preserve is absolutely breathtaking. The steam of volcanoes, the splash of salmon, the foraging of bears, and the reflection of jagged mountains in turquoise lakes all add up to a breathtaking natural setting. The local population and way of life still rely heavily on their natural environment. To immerse yourself in nature, try visiting a park.

    Fall colors dot a landscape with towering mountain peaks and turquoise lakes in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.
  • Park Service


    Cotzebue, Alaska

    The Noatak River and its surroundings are home to some of the Arctic's finest collections of flora and fauna because the area is one of the largest mountain-ringed river basins with an intact ecosystem in North America. In other words, the river is protected as a wild and scenic river. From the depths of the Brooks Range to the briny Chukchi Sea, it provides breathtaking opportunities for wilderness float trips.

    Ice crystals form on ground vegetation
  • State-Owned Museum


    Sitka, AK

    The island of Sitka, Alaska, is home to Sitka National Historical Park, which protects the site of a battle between invading Russian traders and native Kiks. Adi Tlingit The park's restored Russian Bishop's House is a rare reminder of Russia's colonial legacy in North America, and totem poles from the Tlingit and Haida areas line the park's scenic coastal trail.

    Two totem poles overlook spruce and hemlock forest, tidal flats and ocean.
  • The National Park and Preserve System

    Location: Wrangell-St. Elias

    Alaska, Copper Center

    Wrangell-St The vast national park of Elias extends from the coast to an elevation of 18,008 feet. At 13 The park spans 2 million acres, making it larger than Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Switzerland put together. In this untamed environment, people still rely on the land for their survival, as they have for centuries. There's so much to explore in this wild and beautiful land.

    Winter in the Wrangells
  • Reserved for National Use

    Arctic - Charley Rivers Yukon

    Eagle, AK

    Yukon–Charley Rivers, found in Interior Alaska, is a largely uncharted region ripe for exploration. Experiences on the whitewater of the Charley River or the mighty Yukon will leave you with stories to tell for the rest of your life. A wide variety of geological and cultural features, historical relics from the gold rush, wildlife, and expansive landscapes await you. However, being alone will be the most significant factor. There's a whole world out there waiting for you to explore it.

    The Slaven's beach on the Yukon River
Alaska's REAL Cost of Living
Alaska's REAL Cost of Living

Do you have what it takes to face polar bears and glaciers? If that's the case, you might be able to justify Alaska's high cost of living. Alaska is the ideal place to live for people who enjoy cold weather and long nights due to the state's vastness, amazing scenery, and abundant wildlife.

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A Guide to Witnessing Alaska's Magnificent Northern Lights
A Guide to Witnessing Alaska's Magnificent Northern Lights

Planning a trip to Alaska to see the northern lights? We've got you covered with everything from the best time to see the aurora borealis in…

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Community of Eagle, Alaska
Community of Eagle, Alaska

Rotate the table of contents Eagle ( This is the T'äwdlenn Located in the Southeast Fairbanks Census Area of Alaska (Han Athabascan[3]), on the south bank of the Yukon River not far from the international boundary between Canada and the United States, is the village of Hän. One of

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Alaska Department of Fish and Game Species Profile: Polar Bear
Alaska Department of Fish and Game Species Profile: Polar Bear

When compared to other bears, polar bears have longer necks, narrower heads, and smaller ears. Their outer coat is white or yellow and made of water-repellent hair, and their undercoat is dense. Its big feet are an adaptation for swimming and walking on ice. Their feet are almost entirely furred.

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