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100th anniversary of the National Park Service

In 2016, the National Park Service will celebrate its 100th anniversary, and there’s no better place to explore the national park system than Alaska. With 60 percent of all U.S. parklands, Alaska offers countless opportunities to experience the adventure, solitude, history and beauty of our national parks. Alaska’s 54 million acres of national park land include the largest national park in the United States, Wrangell-St. Elias; the home of the tallest mountain in North America, Mount McKinley, in Denali National Park and Preserve; the site of an active theater in World War II at the Aleutians World War II National Historic Area; the raucous remains of the gold rush days at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Skagway; and some of the least peopled and least visited parks, like Gates of the Arctic National Park and the Aniakchak National Monument. Whatever your interests and regardless of what part of Alaska you visit, there is a National Park Service-managed park, wild river or historic area nearby. Visit the Alaska Region website to plan your visit or check out the Alaska Public Lands Information Center for more information on all of Alaska’s public lands.

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