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Denali National Park and Wildlife Preserve, AK

Alaska's most popular park is one of the last great wildernesses of the world, with six million acres of sanctuary for animals ranging from 1,200-pound moose to 1.5-gram shrews. The "big five," or most exciting animals to spot, are caribou, moose, Dall sheep (the only white sheep on the continent), wolves, and grizzly bears. Also commonly seen are lynx, wolverines, coyotes, porcupines, hoary marmots, and red foxes. From spring to fall, migratory birds from six continents call Denali home—including arctic warblers; birds of prey such as golden eagles, peregrine falcons, and red-tailed hawks; hummingbirds; and northern hawk owls.

Viewing Tip: Only one 92-mile road leads into the park. Private vehicles are restricted after mile 15; buses run beyond that. Either way, go in as far as time allows, where trees won't obstruct the view.

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