Denali National Park
A visit to the Last Frontier would not be complete without experiencing Denali National Park. Featuring North America's tallest mountain, Mount Denali, Denali National Park is one of the most-visited National Parks in the state. Surrounding Denali Park is the Alaska Range, which includes countless other spectacular mountains and many large glaciers. Denali's more than six million acres encompasses a complete sub-arctic eco-system, home to large mammals such as grizzly bears, wolves, Dall sheep, caribou and moose. Located along Alaska Route 3, the George Parks Highway, the entrance to Denali National Park lies approximately 240 miles north of Anchorage and 125 miles south of Fairbanks.
Denali National Park is accessible by car or via the Alaska Railroad from either Anchorage or Fairbanks. Another great option is the Park Connection Motorcoach with daily summer service from Seward, Talkeetna and morning or afternoon departures from Anchorage. See our Denali Park Transportation page for a complete list of options. The Denali Park Road is 90 miles long and accessible by private vehicle for only the first 14 miles to the Savage River Bridge. To travel to destinations farther into the park, including the Eielson Visitor Center, shuttle and tour bus services are available.
Due to its location in the Interior of the state and the time required to truly explore the park, we recommend a two or three night stay in Denali National Park. The majority of lodging options are located close to the Park entrance. Here, we recommend the Denali Bluffs Hotel,the Grande Denali Lodge, and the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge. If a unique wilderness opportunity is what you prefer, a stay at one of our remote backcountry lodges is sure to fulfill all of your expectations. We offer the Kantishna Roadhouse, located 90 miles within the park and accessible via private motorcoach.
Denali National Park offers a wide variety of exciting ways to explore its unique environment. Bus tours include the 12-hour Kantishna Wilderness Trails Tour, which encompasses the full 90 miles of the Denali Park road and includes a stop at the historic mining town of Kantishna. Also available is the popular eight-hour Tundra Wildlife Tour, which covers the first 50 miles of the park road. Other trips offered near the Park entrance include helicopter flightseeing, whitewater and scenic rafting, Husky Homestead and Kennel tours and dinner theaters. See our Denali Park Tours page for a complete list of options. Be sure to stop by the visitor center during your stay. There are also a wide variety of ranger-naturalist programs offered throughout the summer, as well as some great day hikes near the park entrance area.
For more information on Denali National Park we suggest you visit the National Park Service web site for Denali National Park.
More Alaska Parks
Big Delta State Historical Park, Caines Head State Recreation Area, Chena River State Recreation Area, Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, Chugach State Park, Denali National Park, Denali State Park, Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park, Gates Of The Arctic National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, Independence Mine State Historical Park, Kachemak Bay State Park, Katmai National Park, Kenai Fjords National Park, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Kobuk Valley National Park, Lake Clark National Park, Nancy Lake State Recreation Area, Shuyak Island State Park, Totem Bight State Historical Park, Wood-Tikchik State Park, Wrangell - St Elias National Park, Yukon - Charley Rivers National Preserve