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Best spots for an Arctic adventure

By: Josh Lew on Jan. 7, 2013, 2:43 p.m.
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National parks in Alaska

America's Arctic paradise can be found in Alaska. Like many other far-northern territories, Alaska is a land that is sparsely populated and still dominated by nature. This state is known for its vast national parks. Some of the most remote are located in regions that sit near or above the Arctic Circle. To really experience Arctic Alaska up close, eco-tourists can head to the famous Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. It is possible to fly into the backcountry portions of the refuge as part of a tour. In fact, a guide is recommended for any excursions in the wildlife refuge, since much of the area is very remote and unforgiving. Other parks include the roadless, trail-less Gates of the Arctic National Park (also best seen as part of a guided tour), which can only be reached by bush plane, and the Noatak Nature Preserve, a park that follows its namesake river from the mountains to the coastline. In all these parks, infrastructure is basic to nonexistent, so it is possible to have a true wilderness experience (as long as you are prepared for it).