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the denali national park travel guide

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To our readers...
We want to help you have a great trip.
We built this Denali National Park internet travel guide to help you have a successful trip to Denali. It covers what you need to know about visiting the entrance area, exploring the backcountry wilderness by bus and the interesting towns and communities surrounding Denali Park. This website is based on our printed Visitor Travel Guide – The Denali Summer Times – which you can pick up when you get to Alaska. This is the Home Page. You can use it as an index to access different topics of travel information.

First, this site covers certain things that are helpful to know when you arrive at Denali National Park.
What should I bring?
What should I do first?
How do I make reservations?
Can I camp in the park or just outside the park?
Where do the buses go & how much do they cost?
What do I need to take on a bus ride?

Next, Denali 101 goes over certain details that you might want to know – like what to do if you see a grizzly bear. (And, what to do if the grizzly sees you.)
Where can you see the mountain?
What animals will I see?
What about the birds of Denali?
Did dinosaurs live here?

Denali 101 also shows you the wide variety of hotels, lodges, cabins, and B&B's, outdoor adventure activities, and places to eat.

Denali dining
Denali lodging & camping
Denali adventures & activities
Denali transportation
Denali shopping

Finally, Denali 101 introduces you to the people who live and work near Mt. McKinley. Learn about their lives, their work, their interests, and their Alaskan wilderness communities.
Denali people
Denali artists
Denali rangers
Denali volunteers
Denali researchers
Advice About Driving In Alaska
One of the biggest problems Alaskan travelers have is that they underestimate the amount of time it takes to get across Alaska. People find themselves pushing daylight (and there is a lot of it to push) to get to their destination.

Alaska Driving Rules
We have come up with three rules for you when you are planning your trip.

Give yourself three times as long to get somewhere (based on distance) as it would take you at home.

Stay at least two nights in every place – so you aren't continually packing, unpacking, and registering. This will allow you to get the lay of the land, meet people and have a more spontaneous, in-depth trip – because you aren't worrying about reaching your destination.

Pull over when you get tired. It may seem like simple advice, but the long daylight hours in Alaska can make it hard to sleep. Sometimes you'll find yourself up at three in the morning. Add to that the excitement of being in an interesting place, and you'll end up very tired after lunch.
Help Others Have A Great Denali Adventure!
If you have visited Denali and would like to help others have a good trip – by donating photos for possible use in one of our Alaska internet travel guides or printed publications – email the photos with a description of things you enjoyed doing to:

Jeremy & Linda Weld
Publishers of the
Denali Summer Times

Denali Summer Times In Print - Now In A Mobile Friendly eBook - Just Click Below!
Look for the 2017 Denali Summer Times Print Edition which will be available in May and is free at the airport, car rentals and at businesses and visitor centers across the state.
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National Park Service At Denali
You can press this logo in the page sidebars to go to the Denali National Park Service Website.
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Places To Eat, Sleep & Have Adventures At Denali
You can press this logo and find out where you can stay, options for eating out and all the different adventures you can have that will make your visit to Denali unique and memorable.
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denali park ermine - Jimmy Tohill

Photo of a curious ermine, Jimmy Tohill
© Old Sourdough Studio – Denali


The entrance sign has a pull-out where you can take your picture.

Rafters on the Nenana River

The Nenana Canyon has great rapids for exciting raft trips.

Denali Park Road mile 9

You can't see Denali from the entrance but if you drive to Mile 9 of the Park Road you may catch a glimpse of "the mountain."

Denali Park Visitor Center

The Denali Visitor Center is about a mile down the Park Road just past the Roundabout.

Denali Park junior ranger program corner

Denali Park is very exciting for kids 7 to 14 years old.

Denali National Park Camper Bus

Want to get your teenager to pay attention? Take a rented bike on a camper bus, then get out and bike the Park Road with the bears!

Denali National Park Visitors check out a trail map

Signs & maps in the entrance area tell you where you are.

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Getting To Denali
Fairbanks Convention & Visitor Bureau Information
Park Connection Travel Service
Denali Summer Times
Bearfoot Travel Magazines

Big Susitina B&B
Cubby’s Marketplace
Denali Zipline Tours
K2 Aviation
McKinley Flight Tours
Swiss Alaska Inn
Talkeetna Air Taxi
Talkeetna Chamber
Talkeetna Gifts
Talkeetna Motel
Talkeetna Roadhouse
Talkeetna Subway

Trapper Creek
Denali Gold Tours
McKinley View Lodge
Trapper Creek Inn

Atkins Flying
Blue Home B&B
Cantwell Chevron
Cantwell RV Park
Denali Fly Fishing Guides
Fish Denali
Tsesyu Service Station

Lower Denali
Carlo Creek Lodge
Denali Air
Denali Backcountry Lodge
Denali Backcountry Adventure
Denali Park Village
McKinley Creekside Cabins & Cafe

Denali Park
Denali Backcountry Adventure
Denali National Park Visitor Center
Kantishna Air Taxi
Kantishna Wilderness Trails

Nenana Canyon
Black Bear Coffee House
Crow's Nest Alaskan Log Cabins
Denali ATV Tours
Denali Bluffs Hotel
Denali Doghouse
Denali Mountain Works
Denali Outdoor Center
Denali Raft Adventures
Denali Rainbow RV
Denali Salmon Bake
Denali Subway
ERA Helicopter Tours
Grande Denali Lodge
Great Alaska Fish & Chips
Lynx Creek Pizza
Miller's Gourmet Popcorn
Nenana Raft Adventures & Denali Cabins
Nenana View Bar & Grill
Northern Heart Originals
Old Sourdough Studio
Prey Bar & Eatery
Prospectors Pizza Pub
Sled Dog Liquor & Grocery

Upper Denali - Healy
Black Diamond Resort
Denali Horseback Tours
49th State Brewery
Healy Lion’s Club
Interior Health Clinic
Keys To Denali Car Rental
McKinley Flight Tours
McKinley RV Park
Motel Nord Haven
Mountain View Liquor & Grocery
Otto Lake Campground
Parks Highway Towing
Totem Inn Motel & Restaurant
White Moose Lodge

Anderson RV Park


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The Rest Of Alaska

Kenai Free Travel Planner
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
Anchor Point B&B
Cooper Landing Wildman

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