The Ultimate Guide To Denali National Park
Denali National Park, known for its pristine scenery and wildlife, got its name from the highest mountain peak in North America – Denali (previously known as Mount McKinley). The park is mostly visited during the summer months mid-June through September. Denali National Park is a must-see in Alaska! The park has a lot to offer, including bus tours (most popular), hiking, wildlife (mountain goats, wolves, grizzly bears), biking, ziplining, camping, and much more.
Denali National Park has only one road, called the Denali Park Road, which is around 90 miles long. The first 15 miles are paved road which leads to the entrance of the park. However, this paved road is only open to the public during the summer months. The way beyond the first 15 miles is limited to busses operated by the park or for hiking and biking.
Park Address: GPS Lat: 63.728443, Long: -148.886572, Entrance Fee: Per Person – $15.00 (15 years or younger no fee)
I highly recommend using the bus tours offered by the park. There are a couple of options. I prefer the narrated tour, but below I have outlined all options:
Non-narrated buses: They are cheaper, and you can hop-on-hop-off along from several stops along the road. The coaches do stop for wildlife viewing, restrooms, there are further choices varying length of the tour. Find more details here.
Narrated tour buses: I recommend this; your bus driver will be your guide and narrate along the way, pointing out points of interest, wildlife and will stop for restroom breaks. These tours either have snack or lunch included, even the prices for these tours varies based on the length of the trip. Find more details here.
- Checkout the sled dog demonstration.
- If time allows, consider taking the train from Anchorage or Fairbanks to Denali – “Denali Star.” The train offers some spectacular view of Alaska through its two-level domed coaches.
- Checkout Theropod, a three-toed dinosaur’s footprint near Igloo Creek.
- If time permits, plan to spend at least couple of days in Denali.
- Only very few visitors get to see the Denali peak. It’s so tall that most of the time it’s surrounded by clouds.
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