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Top 8 U.S. safari destinations

Oct. 11, 2012, 7:58 p.m.
Denali lynx

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Denali National Park and Preserve

This park in south-central Alaska is one of the best places in the country to get a “safari” experience. Denali covers over 6 million acres, with a third dominated by its namesake mountain (also known as Mount McKinley to anyone who studied geography before the 1990s). Visitors often focus on bears when seeking out wildlife in Denali. Yes, there are large black and grizzly bear populations inside the park. However, these creatures, though impressive, are just two of the many species of animals that inhabit this region of Alaska. Herds of caribou wander freely through grazing areas, while moose dominate the wetlands. Other creatures, from beavers and foxes to gray wolves, lynx and wolverines have also been spotted in Denali, making it one of the best places for seeing multiple species of animals. And, of course, the stunning mountain panoramas are as much of an attraction as the animals themselves.