There's no better way to experience Alaska than by exploring its stunning national parks. Home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, Alaska's parks showcase a dazzling variety of flora and fauna that thrive alongside awe-inspiring glaciers and mountain ranges. On your next Alaskan cruise, make sure these three parks are at the top of your list.
1. Denali National Park and Preserve
When you cruise Alaska on a land and sea vacation, you'll be sure to visit Denali National Park. Spend time capturing photos of Mount McKinley (also known as Denali), North America's highest peak, topping out at an impressive 20,320 feet. The park also features glaciers, six million acres of subarctic ecosystem to explore, and phenomenal wildlife viewing opportunities. See grizzly bears, moose, Dall sheep, wolves, and many other animals that call Denali National Park home.
2. Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
As its name suggests, Glacier Bay National Park is a dynamic landscape that boasts seven tidewater glaciers. This 5,000-square-mile UNESCO World Heritage Site offers you the opportunity to see them up close. Glacier Bay National Park is often referred to as one of the "crown jewels" of the US National Park System and is known for its history of scientific and cultural inspiration. Visitors can enjoy taking in snowcapped mountain vistas that rise to more than 15,000 feet, freshwater lakes, deep fjords, seabirds, diverse vegetation, land mammals, and spectacular coastal beaches.
3. Kenai Fjords National Park
Located on the southeast coast of Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, this uniquely Alaskan park is home to glacier-crowned peaks, pristine wilderness, and a distinctive rocky coastline that's home to orcas, puffins, bears, and mountain goats. When you visit Kenai Fjords National Park, take time to appreciate the intricate landscapes that have been carved by nature and continue to evolve. Cruise Alaska and enjoy beautiful camping grounds, back country adventures, fishing, sea kayaking, and the historic Harding Icefield, where you can see a series of over 30 glaciers.
From glaciers to wildlife to wilderness exploration, there's something for everyone. Make your next cruise to Alaska the most memorable of all by taking in everything these national parks have to offer.