Have Nature All to Yourself at the 10 Least Visited National Parks
The least visited national parks are also some of the most beautiful
Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, Alaska
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Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Alaska
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Isle Royale National Park, Mich.
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North Cascades National Park, Wash.
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Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska
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Dry Tortugas National Park, Fla.
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Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska
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Congaree National Park, S.C.
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Great Basin National Park, Nev.
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Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas
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A hundred years ago, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating the National Park Service. A century later, there are more parks, more beauty and...more crowds.
So if you want all the majestic nature without having to share it with all of the annoying crowds, visit one of the least visited parks in the United states.
1. Gates of the Arctic, Alaska (10,745 visitors)
What it's known for: If "Gates of the Arctic" sounds like a place few humans would dare to go, that’s because it is. This park in northern Alaska is beyond remote; it doesn't even have roads or trails into the park, let alone facilities inside of it.
But intrepid travelers are rewarded with glacier-carved valleys in every direction, never-ending sunlight that stretches for nearly a month in the summer, and uninterrupted solitude – less than 11,000 visitors visit this massive 8.5-million-acre park throughout the year.
Getting there: The only way to access the park is by air taxi into the park, airliner to the neighboring communities of Bettles and Anaktuvuk Pass or a grueling hike from an oil pipeline road off Anaktuvuk Pass.
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