1. Denali National Park & Preserve
What is it? Home to the highest peak in North America, the park encompasses six million acres of wild tundra, alpine ranges, glaciers and river valleys. The single road into Denali opens once the winter snow has melted.
Why go? This the best place to see animals in the wild and where you’ll find the unforgiving peak that is Mount Denali. Unlike most other national parks, you can’t drive your own car here, at least not past mile 15. After that, you’ll need to take one of the tour buses or explore on foot.