Alaska's National Parks See Visitation Surge
Where are all the national park visitors going? Well, a good many are heading north, to Alaska.
While some national park units, such as the Blue Ridge Parkway have seen declining visitation in recent years, the numbers are up in Alaska. Last year was a banner year for Alaska's 15 national park units. Combined, they saw an overall increase of 60,000 visitors from 2004 for a record total of 2.3 million.
Leading the way was Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, which saw more than 888,000 visitors, an increase of 44,500 from 2004. Kenai Fjords National Park recorded more than 258,000 visitors, an increase of roughly 14,000.