Wonder Lake, Denali National Park, Alaska
Photograph by Lynn Wegener, Corbis Images
Best For: The view
The Campground: Looking for a truly scenic spot to pitch a tent? The closest campground to the tallest peak in North America serves up a view right in the face of 20,310-foot Denali itself. Even better, 28-site Wonder Lake campground allows only tents, so no humming generators will disturb you while you sip your morning coffee and enjoy that view. You may be disturbed by the buzz of mosquitoes, however; they can be insidious here. But it’s worth the drive all the way to mile 85 on Denali Park Road simply to car camp in a site that is so deep in the wild.
What’s Out Your Door: Beyond gazing at the hulking profile of Denali itself, fish for trout and grayling in Wonder Lake. The Wonder Lake trail heads from the campground into the surrounding wetlands, an ideal place for bird-watching—just bring your mosquito netting.
Book It: You’ll want to make reservations, which open on December 1 on the calendar year prior to your visit, at third-party site ReserveDenali.com
courtesy of: http://adventure.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/