As the coronavirus pandemic continues to devastate the world, many people are turning to activities that keep them away from crowds and indoor activities. This has led to unprecedented numbers of people embracing the great outdoors and the joys of camping, whether in a tent, a trailer, or a large motorhome.
Thankfully, Alaska, the largest state in the Union, offers plenty of space for adventurers to explore, while maintaining social distance. It is still possible to travel to Alaska during the pandemic, as the state allows visitors if they arrive with a negative COVID-19 test, taken within 72 hours of arriving. Visitors with a negative test, will not have to quarantine for 14 days and can get straight out to the great Alaska wilderness.
Here are two incredible places in Alaska to go camping and get away from the crowds:
Wrangell St-Elias National Park. This massive National Park is ideal for getting away from any crowds. It is possible to camp in designated campgrounds in McCarthy, with a tent or RV, or you can head out on your own and hike deep into the backcountry for the ultimate isolation. Surrounded by stunning mountains and glaciers, campers will be awestruck by the scenery.
Denali National Park is known for its vast open tundra that allows campers to choose their own path, perfect for keeping to yourself. There are several designated campgrounds in Denali National Park, which, in a normal year would be teeming with visitors. But the coronavirus has kept most tourists away, leaving more space for those who venture out. So, whether you choose to camp in the backcountry or at a designated campground in Denali National Park, you can remain happily away from other visitors.
“Camping in Alaska really is the best way to keep your distance from others.” Says Tim Bell, publisher of Bell’s Travel Guides, and Alaska travel writer for over 50 years. “With off the beaten path campgrounds, backcountry camping and secluded side of the road stops, it’s easy to take in Alaska’s majestic scenery while staying safely away from any crowds.
So, while Alaska slowly re-opens and waits for the return of its normal influx of tourists, take advantage of the quieter campsites and wide-open spaces that allow you to keep to yourself and your own personal bubble. Camping in Alaska truly is the ultimate social distancing!
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