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Chena River State Recreation Area, AK

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Chena River State Recreation Area started as a small hot spring destination for the residents of nearby Fairbanks. The first visitors to Chena Hot Springs claimed that it had healing powers, spurring numerous additional visitors in search of better health. The U.S. Army built a small road into the area, which soon grew as a logging and mining resource in the early 20th century. Following statehood, Alaska set aside just over 15,000 acres for protection as a state recreation area. Oil was discovered in the region only one year later, and the Chena River faced a risk of massive oil development. Residents lobbied for further protections of the area, and in 1975, the original 15,000 acres grew to over …

Chugach State Park, AK

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Most folks are aware of the awesome national parks covering Alaska’s wild landscape, but that doesn't mean there aren’t equally impressive state parks. In fact, one of the largest state parks in the United States borders the city of Anchorage. Chugach State Park covers just shy of 500,000 acres, with a vast complement of mountains, bays, rivers, and glaciers. Popular activities within the park include RV camping, hiking, surfing, and snowmobiling.

Chugach State Park was originally inhabited by Native Americans and was later explored by Captain Cook in the late 18th century. Its origins as a state park are much more recent, when rapid urban expansion threatened to take over. The area was already notable for the diversity of …

Denali National Park, AK

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Denali National Park spans more than six million acres of Alaskan, wild country. The park is situated in the south-central part of the state, in a very rural, very rugged region. The nearest community that is inhabited year-round is Healy, which is located around 10 miles northeast of the park boundaries. The much larger towns of Fairbanks and Anchorage are more than 100 miles and close to 250 miles, to the north and south, respectively.

This part of Alaska is forested, rural, and mountainous, so you are likely to find more animals here than people. There is also only one road into Denali National Park, and that is Alaska Route 3 that runs along the park's eastern border. The …

Denali National Park and Preserve, AK

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Wild, rugged, and untamed, Denali National Park and Preserve transports you to a six-million-acre wilderness of snow-capped granite peaks, lush boreal forest, and windswept tundra. An RV camping getaway to Denali National Park and Preserve promises all kinds of magical experiences, from gazing up at the tallest mountain in the United States to watching the Northern Lights dancing in the sky. As you explore the park, you'll get an authentic taste of the Last Frontier, with the chance to spot grizzly bears, moose, wolves, and other iconic Alaskan wildlife.

Planning an adventure in the Land of the Midnight Sun? Book an RV in Anchorage and you'll unlock the freedom to explore Denali National Park and Preserve at your own pace. …

Denali State Park, AK

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This magnificent Alaska state park resides next to the east side Denali National Park and covers over 300,000 acres. Created in 1970, the park’s name comes from the Tanana Indian word meaning “The High One."

The park lies next to the Talkeetna Mountains and is part of the Parks Highway, a road that runs over 323 miles long and will take campers and their motorhomes to Anchorage. Along with the nearby mountains, Denali State Park also features a mixture of streams and alpine tundra. The climate here is very chilly, especially during the winter. However, it does warm up a bit during the middle of summer to the mid-60s.

Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park, AK

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Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park is situated on Alaska’s Kodiak Island. The park spans over 182 acres and was established in 1969. The park is best known for its World War II structures, such as forts, which were built as a way to help protect the country in case of an invasion. This historical park is named after William R. Abercrombie, an Army officer who led an expedition through Alaska.

Besides its interesting history, Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park also has a vast amount of flora and fauna, such as spruce forests and wildflower meadows during the summer. The state park can only be accessed by boat or plane and is about an hour’s flight from Anchorage and Wasilla.

Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, AK

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Situated near the tiny community of Bettles, Alaska, in the north-central portion of the state is where you will find the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve. One very small town located nearby is Coldfoot, which is around 60 miles to the northeast. The much larger city of Fairbanks is close to 250 miles to the southwest, while the state's largest city, Anchorage, is over 200 miles to the south.

This is a very rural section of an already incredibly rural, not to mention very large state. There are a few supplies available at small stores in the local villages, though you should come to the park prepared, with a full stock of supplies. Visitors should also …

Glacier Bay National Park, AK

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Glacier Bay National Park is situated in far southeastern Alaska. One of the unique things about this park is that you cannot drive to it. Glacier Bay National Park can only be visited by boat or plane. When the weather is good, there are daily ferry and plane taxis that take visitors to the park from the small town of Gustavus. This community sits about 10 miles to the west, by air or water, as it is just across the bay from the park. During the summer, there is also plane service to Gustavus from the state's capital of Juneau.

Glacier Bay is a waterway between some of the inner islands and peninsulas that make up the state's …

Johnson Lake State Recreation Area, AK

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Johnson Lake State Recreation Area sits on the picturesque Kenai Peninsula in Southern Alaska. With direct connections from Anchorage, it's one of the more accessible motorhome camping spots in the state and offers an abundance of hiking, fishing, boating, and wildlife spotting opportunities for both travelers and locals alike during the summer months. Sitting between Soldotna and Homer, there's plenty of cultural attractions and quaint Alaskan towns to explore in the local area too.

Encompassing 322 acres of woodland and an 85-acre lake, it's no wonder that camping at Johnson Lake State Recreation Area has become the place to go in recent years. With a scenic campground to base yourself in for the weekend, there's no reason not …