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8. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska

At more than 9.6 million acres, this national park in south central Alaska is the largest in the United States and six times bigger than Yellowstone. The park includes nine of the 16 highest peaks in the nation, including Mt. St. Elias, the second-highest peak in the U.S. at 18,008 feet. Visitors in 2009 (through August): 53,274 More info: http://www.nps.gov/wrst Pictured: Sunrise behind the Wrangell mountains
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