Alaska is so large that it challenges one’s sense of scale. The eight national parks in Alaska combine to cover roughly as much land as the state of Utah. When everything is so big, so wondrous, its easy to find beauty in your own sense of personal insignificance. So small are we before the massive and timeless grandeur of the country’s largest state.
10Kenai Fjords National Park
Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska, United States
While small and accessible by Alaska standards, Kenai Fjords National Park is still nearly as big as Yosemite. On the Southern edge of mainland Alaska, the park is nonetheless more than halfway covered with ice. The park is mostly accessible by boat and features a wide array of fauna, including bears, moose, humpback whales, and seals. The seals bring killer whales as well, which can be seen there year-round.