Utah may boast the American West’s most diverse topography, ranging from snowy peaks and alpine forests to magnificent canyons, high desert scenery, slickrock mesas and a wealth of outdoor opportunities awaiting intrepid adventurers.
Having the chance to walk on glaciers is just one of the many reasons to camp out in Alaska’s national parks. Pull up a tent and stay awhile to enjoy the state’s rugged, desperately beautiful wilderness; they’ll even leave the summer sunlight on for you.
On a clear July afternoon, the repaving of the road through Lassen Volcanic National Park is halfway finished. The work – and the new road – stops near one of the trail entrances for the highest peak in the park, the eponymous Lassen Peak.
Access into the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is via bush plane and rafting rivers like the Canning and Kongakut (or backpacking in for the truly intrepid).
Whether it’s atop a rocky crag overlooking an immense valley of ancient forests; meandering through bloom-soaked meadows alive with bees and birds; or along the ragged roaring beaches of the Pacific Ocean, the three parks offer intrepid travelers a thoughtful journey.
“I have always said I would not have been President had it not been for my experience in North Dakota. It was here that the romance of my life began.”