State & National Parks
With its vast scenic landscapes and unique cultural history, Alaska presents many visions of a dream vacation. By area, Alaska holds more than half of America's national park lands, in 17 nationally designated sites. Not to mention, the additional 16 National Wildlife Refuge areas managed by the US Fish & Wildlife Service and the many Alaska State Parks. Like all parks across our nation, here in Alaska these sites tell the story of our natural resources and our diverse cultural heritage. The ferry provides access to many of the communities bordering these parks and refuges. So make plans to visit one or more of Alaska's national treasures.
Southeast Alaska - The Inside Passage
The Inside Passage reveals a multitude of islands and coves along the unspoiled coastline that are perfect to explore by boat or kayak. Road connections in Bellingham, Prince Rupert, Haines, and Skagway make it easy to add this region to any Alaska driving itinerary. The larger communities of Southeast Alaska offer a multitude of tours, guides and outings to suit any taste. Don't miss the totem poles, Native dancers, and many museums that highlight rich Native culture.
- Tongass National Forest
- Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve
- Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
- Sitka National Historical Park
- Baranof Castle Hill State Historic Site
- Petroglyph Beach State Historical Park
- Totem Bight State Historic Site
- Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve
- Misty Fjords National Monument
South Central Alaska - Alaska's Heartland
Spectacular scenery awaits you in South Central and Interior Alaska. Outdoor activities abound in Alaska's Heartland with four mountain ranges within driving distance of these ports. Choose from a variety of adventures including camping, hiking, fishing, backpacking, mountain biking, kayaking, rafting, and much more. Train and road connections can get you to Denali National Park & Preserve, home to Mt. McKinley.
- Chena River State Recreation Area
- Chugach State Park
- Chugach National Forest
- Denali National Park & Preserve, home to Mt. McKinley
- Kenai Fjords National Park
- Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve
Southwest Alaska - Kodiak & The Chain
From wildlife to wilderness, find a place of beauty and rich culture in the communities of the Kodiak Island Archipelago, Alaska Peninsula, and Aleutian Islands. This land of mystery is home to numerous national wildlife refuges, where brown bears amble and over 240 species of birds inhabit the windswept islands, including the rare whiskered Auklet and the ancient Murrelet.
- Aleutian World War II National Historic Area
- Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge
- Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge
- Izembek National Wildlife Refuge
- Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park
- Kachemak Bay State Park & State Wilderness Park