The Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, a huge 8.2-million-acre/3.3-million-hectare preserve 200 mi/322 km northwest of Fairbanks, is one of the most stunning expanses of wilderness anywhere in the world. It preserves a good portion of the majestic Brooks Range.
The park isn't easy to reach. Most visitors take charter flights from Fairbanks into the park and camp for extended periods. The town of Bettles (population: 12) also acts as a gateway to the park. There are no facilities inside the park—it's truly wilderness. If you have outdoors experience and plenty of time, don't miss this overwhelming display of natural wonders.
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