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8 under-the-radar gems of the National Park Service

By: Matt Hickman on April 2, 2010, 6:38 p.m.
Surprise Lake in Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve

Photo: Tahzay Jones/National Parks Service/Wikimedia Commons

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Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve, Alaska

Alaska sports a handful of national parks and monuments, some more popular than others, all relatively inconvenient to reach unless you have an Aunt Sarah who lives in Wasilla. That said, if you want to be that person who has been to the most remote, least visited park in the entire U.S. National Park System, then the Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve is for you. Heck, you've already traveled to Alaska, so why not? With only a couple hundred of visitors per year, this desolate 603,000-acre volcanic region is home to a sizeable bear community and no public facilities. There are no roads in or out. The weather is harsh and unpredictable. Have we sold you yet?