Celebrating 100 years of service
On August 25, 2016, the National Park Service turns 100!
In celebration, the National Park Foundation and the National Park Service kicked off the Find Your Park movement to inspire all people to connect with, enjoy and support America’s national parks.
In Alaska it’s easy to enjoy a national park. More than half the nation's parklands are found here, located in every geographic area of the state. Here are the four most poular.
Denali National Park – Denali National Park was created in 1917 and now covers more than six million acres, most of it unspoiled wilderness.
Kenai Fjords National Park – A place where mountains, ice and oceans meet, the park was established in 1980 to protect the pristine scenery and abundant marine wildlife.
Wrangell St. Elias National Park – The largest national park in the United States, the park is home to nine of the 16 highest peaks in the United States.
Glacier Bay National Park – Located just west of Juneau, Glacier Bay is only accessible by air or water. Most visitors come by cruise ship and never set foot on land. The marine wilderness of Glacier Bay includes snow-capped mountains, deep fjords, 10 tidewater glaciers, protected coves and freshwater lakes.
In 1980, the Alaska Lands Act established ten new parks and expanded three others, for a total of 15 park units. This act more than doubled the size of the National Park System. The parks today include striking geological diversity from the tidewater glaciers of Southeast's Glacier Bay to Katmai's Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes to the sand dunes of the Kobuk Valley.
Alaska at a glance
Alaska is the real deal
Some 56 percent of the 1.8 million out-of-state visitors between May and September of 2015 came to Alaska via a cruise ship. Direct visitor spending totals more than $1.8 billion annually, excluding fares paid to travel (air, cruises, etc.). This spending figure increases to $2.42 billion when labor income from visitor industry jobs is factored in.
|Peak Season Jobs||46,000|
|Taxes and Revenues||$179 M|
|Visitor spending||$1.8 B|
|Economic Impact||$3.9 B|
|Labor Income||$1.3 B|
|Total Visitors||$1.96 M|
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Prepared for Alaska Division of Economic Development by McDowell Group, Inc.