Lake Clark National Park, Alaska

May 30, 2012 by

The least visited national park in the United States is Lake Clark National Park and Preserve in Alaska. That fact is nothing short of tragic.

Granted, there are no roads leading to the park. You need a boat, air taxi, or seaplane to get there. But plane hops are common occurrences in the vast expanse of Alaska, and this spectacular setting is less than an hour’s flight from Anchorage. Just look at the place:

Located in the Alaskan Peninsula southwest of Anchorage, Lake Clark National Park presents the best of Alaska in one concentrated place — three mountain ranges, two active volcanoes, a coastline with rainforest, a plateau with tundra, quick-running streams, and stunningly blue glacial lakes.

The diverse landscape is home to grizzly bears, caribou, Dall’s sheep, salmon and trout, and more than 120 species of birds. Get up close and personal as you camp, fish, hike, or kayak through their spectacular home.

With more than 4 million acres of untouched wilderness and only around 5,000 visitors a year, you can be sure there won’t be other tourists in your way while you commune with nature.

There are a few organized trips with lodge stays; if you go it alone, be sure to know the park’s rules, best practices for bear safety, and how you’ll get home in case of emergency.

Photos: National Park Service

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