America's Most Underrated National Parks
Courtesy of the National Park Service
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, AK
13.2 million acres of Alaskan wilderness, this, the largest U.S. park, is six times the size of Yellowstone and larger than nine U.S. states—yet it has only two
roads, together barely totaling 105 miles. Combined with its contiguous
neighbor parks, the 24 million acres form the world’s largest international
protected area, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Cool Facts: The park has North America’s highest concentration of glaciers and encompasses
nine of the 16 tallest mountains in the U.S. The park’s namesake, the
14,163-foot Mount Wrangell, is one of the world’s largest active volcanoes; on
clear days, you can see it smoking.
Don’t Miss: A tour of the historic Kennecott copper mine buildings, followed by lunch at
the New Golden Saloon in the funky former boomtown of McCarthy (pop: 42). Or,
try rafting the Copper River or world-class fishing in Yakutat.