Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

Kennecott Mine—Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
Location: eastern Alaska
Length of visit: full day
Major draws: Historic structures, scenic views, museums
Strenuosity: 1 out of 10
Cost/Fees: Free
Additional considerations: Can only enter most buildings on private guided tour
Description: The discovery of the richest copper ore in the world led to the building of the Kennecott mining town and railroads to transport its products across the Copper River in the early 1900s. The town is partially owned privately and publicly by the National Park Service, and it is continually undergoing renovations.

Denali Highway

Denali Highway
Location: between Denali and Wrangell-St. Elias National Parks
Length of visit: 6 hours
Major draws: Scenic views of mountain glaciers, wildlife, dispersed camping
Strenuosity: 0 out of 10
Cost/Fees: Free
Additional considerations: Over 100 miles of unpaved road with potholes, no services
Description: We got a flat tire soon after starting down this 135-mile long road, but had no other issues as we enjoyed the mountain scenery on this path that has been used by humans for at least 10,000 years.