Record number of people visit national parks in Alaska

    Denali National Park in the spring.

    Anchorage, Alaska (AP) - A record number of people visited Alaska's national parks in 2018.

    The National Parks Service says visits to its parks in Alaska topped 2.9 million, the highest number of visits recorded for the state, and up from about 2.7 million in 2014.

    The Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Skagway had the most visits in the state last year, and it was the only national park site in Alaska to top 1 million visits.

    Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve, a remote volcano crater park site on the Alaska Peninsula, had the fewest, with 100 visits, the newspaper reports.

    A booming cruise industry bringing more passengers to the state in recent years is a major reason for more visits to the parks.

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