Seward Waterfront Park
It is no secret that Denali National Park is the true gem of Alaska. Kept in pristine condition by limiting the public traffic allowed into the park past a certain point, the majority of travel and exploration in this National Park takes place by park-run buses and throughout the hiking trails. Denali is home to an abundance of wildlife, truly breathtaking views and the towering Mount McKinley.
There are 6 campgrounds throughout the park, three of which are accessible to both tents and RV’s and three which are only accessible to tents and which require you to take the park bus as transportation to the campground. With an abundance of hiking trails, mountaineering opportunities, an on-site sled dog kennel and an incredible opportunity to see the Northern Lights, Denali National Park is a popular camping destination. Be sure to make your reservations early, as spots at these popular campgrounds fill up fast for the summer.
Chicken Gold Camp
If you’re looking for something quirky and off the beaten path, then a visit to the Chicken Gold Camp in the center of Chicken, Alaska is for you. A small town with its own unique feel, Chicken, Alaska is home to the site of a placer gold camp established by the Fairbanks Exploration Company in the 1930’s. Today, you can camp at Chicken Gold Camp and Outpost and enjoy learning about the history of Alaska gold mining at their outdoor museum, see the gold dredge and even try your luck panning for gold yourself. Kayaking down the 40 mile river is another thrilling activities for campers, and it is also another great location for viewing the Northern Lights when they make their appearance in the night sky.
Located near the town of Girdwood in the Chugach National Forest, Williwaw Campground is a family-friendly pick for those who love fishing. Children will enjoy the Willawaw Salmon Viewing Area where they can stand and watch the fish spawning in the clear waters. Hiking, fishing and even glacier viewing makes Williwaw an ideal camping destination for families wishing to experience the best of what Alaska has to offer. Both RV’s and tents are welcome in the campground, but there are no electric hook-ups available. Vault toilets and water from hand pumps are available on site.
Alaska is an incredible place full of amazing wildlife, stunning landscapes and some of the best fishing in the country. Finding the ideal place to camp is not always easy, but the suggestions above can provide you with ideas of a few of the top camping destinations in Alaska to help you plan your next trip.