Denali National Park Alaska
What To Do When Visiting Denali National Park Alaska in the Summer
In August of 2022 I visited Denali National Park in Alaska.
Denali National Park in Alaska can be accessed by several methods. Some people visit through private travel. Others arrive in Alaska by driving the 1,387 mile long Alaska Highway which starts in Dawson Creek, British Columbia in Canada and ends in Delta Junction, Alaska. Others fly into Fairbanks or Anchorage and drive or take the train. Many, like me, arrive via a cruise ship and then travel from the coast via the Alaska Railroad to Denali.
I stayed at the Denali Princess Lodge in Alaska. The Denali Princess Lodge is located in Denali National Park, which is known for its stunning natural beauty and abundant wildlife. Here are some ideas of things you can do while you’re staying at the Lodge:
Take a Scenic Bus Tour Through the Park
Denali National Park is vast and remote, and the best way to explore it is by taking a guided bus tour. These tours offer breathtaking views of the park’s mountains, forests, and wildlife, and are a great way to learn about the history and ecology of the area.
Go Hiking or Backpacking
Denali National Park is a hiker’s paradise, with hundreds of miles of trails to explore. Whether you are looking for a leisurely stroll or a challenging climb, there is a trail for you in Denali.
Visit the Park’s Visitor Center
The park’s Visitor Center is a great place to learn about the history, geology, and wildlife of Denali. It also offers a variety of educational programs and activities for visitors of all ages.
Look for Wildlife
Denali National Park is home to a variety of wildlife, including grizzly bears, moose, caribou, and wolves. Keep an eye out for these animals as you explore the park, and be sure to follow the park’s safety guidelines to avoid any encounters.
Tour one of my tours we did not visit one area because of the sighting of a grizzly bear.
Go Rafting or Kayaking
The park’s rivers and streams are perfect for rafting and kayaking, and there are a variety of guided trips available to suit all levels of experience.
Visit the Kantishna Roadhouse
The Kantishna Roadhouse is a historic lodge located deep in the heart of the park. It offers a variety of activities, including hiking, fishing, and gold panning, and is a great place to relax and unwind after a day of exploring.
Enjoy the Night Sky
Denali National Park is known for its dark skies, and there are many opportunities to stargaze and admire the night sky. There are a variety of guided stargazing programs available, or you can simply lay on the ground and enjoy the view on your own.
Take a Scenic Flight Over the Park
If money isn’t an issue, you can take a scenic fight over the park. You’ll get spectacular views of the mountains and wildlife from above.
Visit the Murie Science and Learning Center
The Murie Science and Learning Center offers educational programs and exhibits about the park’s ecology and wildlife.
Denali National Park Museum
A visit to the Denali National Park Museum features displays on the park’s natural and cultural history.
See the Sled Dog Kennels
You can visit the sled dog kennels and learn about the role of sled dogs in the park’s history. The kennels also have a webcam which allows views from anywhere in the world.
I recommend a visit to Denali National Park. Of all the places I’ve ever visited, Denali is my favorite destination.
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