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.
- 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.
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