The stunning Wrangell St. Elias National Park is tucked away on the Canadian/US border, 7 hours from Anchorage. Bigger than some states and countries, including Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Switzerland combined, Wrangell St. Elias offers innumerable adventures.
Established in 1980 by Jimmy Carter, it is also home to one of the tallest peaks in America, Wrangell St. Elias, at over 18,000 feet tall.
Come enjoy the beautiful snapshots!
The drive is in is a 60-mile dirt road full of beauty
Some rental car companies prohibit you from driving on this road due to the historically poor road conditions. We found it to be in great shape!
The town of McCarthy only has a few dozen living here year-round
This is a cute little town, and I loved having the chance to spend time here. They have everything you need, but nothing more. The locals and tourists were all extremely friendly and welcoming. I highly recommend adding this to your Alaska travel list. (This photo is technically of the Kennecott Mine.)
We stayed in a hotel here, but there’s also camping for those looking to keep costs down.
Go for an adventure on the Root Glacier: Photo 1
This was our first Glacier experience, and holy smokes, was it cool! I can’t recommend doing things on vacation you usually can’t do at home. These unique activities will be the ones you will always remember.
View Wrangell St. Elias from above via a flightseeing tour Photo 1
Because of how big the National Park is, the only way to get a good sense of its scale and see as much as possible is with a flightseeing trip. So, we hopped on a small plane and had the best time. We had an overcast day, and it was still somewhat early in the year (late May), so most of the mountains were still snow-covered. But you can see how vast and beautiful the area is!