Greetings from Gates Of The Arctic National Park & Preserve

We have found our National Parks to be a source of motivation, inspiration and learning for our vacations throughout our lifetime. We spent our first anniversary exploring the wonders of Yosemite. That trip became the motivating factor for future trips. Since that time we have planned our vacations around visiting National Parks throughout the US. After identifying the National Park we wished to visit we researched what other park units we could incorporate into the journey. Taking pictures as we went provided us with our annual Christmas card photo for friends and relatives. Our Christmas tree is decorated with mementoes from these trips. We are reminded about the joys of the parks and the good times we had through wearing the tee shirts we purchased at the visitor centers. Since joining the National Parks Conservation Association we are making plans to use their travel partner Off the Beaten Path to get to The US National Park in American Samoa. Our lives have been enriched beyond measure through visiting these US National Parks.

Sandy French

Gates Of The Arctic National Park & Preserve

Without roads, trails or formal campgrounds, Gates of the Arctic’s 7-million-acre wilderness covers vast terrain, including the jagged peaks of the Brooks Mountain Range, glacier-carved valleys, boreal forest, six Wild and Scenic Rivers, and arid stretches of polar desert — all north of the Arctic Circle.

State(s): Alaska

Established: 1980

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