Connecting Alaska's two largest
cities - Anchorage and Fairbanks - the George Parks
Highway travels through spectacular wilderness into
the heart of Alaska.
The Parks Highway was first called the Anchorage -
Fairbanks Highway when it was completed in 1971, but
was renamed for George A. Parks, territorial governor
of Alaska (1925 to 1933). The highway offers a number
of opportunities to see North America's tallest peak,
Mount McKinley. It also provides access to Denali
National Park and Preserve.
South Denali Wayside in the Fall. Credit: Aneta Synan, Alaska DOT&PF
Hike among the 48-miles of trails
in Denali State Park.
Just past scenic Byers Lake, pause
at the Alaska Veterans Memorial for a few moments.
Locate a photographer's dream photo
at the south end of the Hurricane Gulch Bridge
and don't forget to pick some berries on the way.
For the adventurous, hike the 27-mile
Little Coal Creek Trail.
Imagine summiting the majestic
Mount McKinley (20,320 feet) while you look at
the mountain at Broad Pass, a 2,400-foot pass
featuring diverse growth and a unique perspective.
An incredible photo opportunity of the Alaska
Range exists here.
Whitewater rafting is popular in
the turbulent Nenana River.
Stop in Healy and learn more about
Alaska's largest coal-mining operation.
Denali National Park
Ice Classic Tripod Weekend
Kayakers enjoy a day on Byers Lake off the Parks Highway
Parks Highway in the Fall. Credit: Aneta Synan, Alaska DOT&PF