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How to Get to Alaska National Park Sites

How to Get to Alaska National Park Sites

Alaska has a lot of great National Parks – but they are ridiculously hard to get to. Most of them are accessible by bush plane and the cost can be high. Some of the parks get less a minuscule amount of visitors as a result.

Not all of the parks are hard to reach. Kenai Fjords is relatively close to Anchorage, and a beautiful drive to access. Denali is easily reachable on a car trip from Anchorage as well, but is a little further away. Take a look at the list of National Parks in Alaska and see how they can be accessed – by car, by ferry, and by plane.

Drive to These National Parks Drive to These Alaska National Parks

  • Denali National Park – Denali Park
  • Kenai Fjords National Park – Seward
  • Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park – Skagway
  • Wrangell – St Elias National Park – Copper Center


Take the Ferry to These National Parks

Alaska State Ferry System to National Parks

  • Aleutian World War II National Historic Area – Unalaska/Dutch Harbor
  • Glacier Bay National Park – Gustavus (summer only)
  • Kenai Fjords National Park – Seward
  • Sitka National Historic Park – Sitka


Fly to These National Parks

Fly to These Alaska National Parks

  • Alagnak Wild River – King Salmon
  • Aniakchak National Monument – King Salmon
  • Bering Land Bridge National Preserve – Nome
  • Cape Krusenstern – Kotzebue
  • Gates of the Arctic National Park – Bettles
  • Katmai National Park – King Salmon
  • Kobake Valley National Park – Kotzebue
  • Lake Clark National Park – Port Alsworth
  • Noatak National Preserve – Kotzebue
  • Yukon Charley Rivers National Preserve – Eagle
  1. Anwar 24 July, 2013

    Have you been to any of the ones that require a plan to reach?

    • Amy Moore 24 July, 2013

      I’ve been to Katmai and Kenai Fjord so far, and within the month I’ll be adding Denali and Wrangell-St. Elias.

      I hate that I missed going to Sitka’s NHP last year but the weather was just so awful when I happened to be in Sitka. I think that and Aleutian WWII NHA are on my list for the next few years. After that it gets soooo much more difficult šŸ™‚

  2. Leigh 25 July, 2013

    I have just returned from one of Canada’s remote national parks – Auyuittuq NP on Baffin Island. It was a ridiculously expensive flight + a boat tide to get there. Needless to say I didn’t see a lot of people in the 2 weeks that I was there.

  3. Dana Carmel @ Time Travel Plans 25 July, 2013

    Thanks for the helpful breakdown of how to get to each park. I wonder if cruise ships offer port excursions to any of these parks.

    • Amy Moore 26 July, 2013

      You should be able to do port excursions to 3 out of 4 of the National Parks accessible by ferry (Glacier Bay, Kenai Fjords and Sitka) – and Glacier Bay may actually be on the cruise ships itinerary. Denali flightseeing is often offered as well.

      Bonus – Misty Fiords National Monument, which despite the name is not a NPS site, is a popular shore excursion if your cruise ship docks in Ketchikan. It is managed by the US Forestry Service, but looks beautiful and worth the visit!

  4. Cathy Sweeney 26 July, 2013

    Such a wealth of national parks in Alaska! It’s one of the few states I haven’t been to yet, but I’m longing to visit. How cute are those bears?!

    • Amy Moore 26 July, 2013

      Thanks – that’s Katmai NP. I had to get there by float plane! šŸ™‚

  5. Mary {The World Is A Book} 26 July, 2013

    Love those bears and Alaska! I’ve been to Glacier Bay and Sitka NP via cruise ships and loved the short visits there. Dying to get to Denali and Kenai. How cool to get to those parks on a float plane.

    • Amy Moore 27 July, 2013

      Yeah, my float plane trip into Katmai was the first time I had been on one. It was pretty awesome!