Gates of the Arctic is the second-largest and northernmost national park in the U.S., located completely above the Arctic Circle. It only received 9,591 visitors in 2018 (compare that to the Grand Canyon's 6.3 million), but those self-sufficient travelers were lucky enough to enjoy some of the country’s most pristine mountain views, scenic rivers, and diverse wildlife, like wolverines, polar bears, and caribou. If you’d like to contribute to those visitor numbers, stick to traveling in spring and summer months, as temperatures linger around -20oF to -50oF from November to March.
How to visit: There are no highways leading to the park, so some visitors take the Dalton Highway to Wiseman and then hike the remaining five miles to the entrance. Another option is to take a chartered flight from Fairbanks to Anaktuvuk Pass, Bettles, or Coldfoot.