Denali National Park

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Denali National Park
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Denali National Park is the home of North America's tallest mountain, Mt. Denali (formerly named Mt. McKinley). Its unspoiled wilderness is larger than Massachusetts and some countries.

The park has mighty peaks, vast glaciers, teeming forests, rolling tundra, swift rivers, and lovely lakes. Bears and caribou roam freely.

Denali National Park
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Why visitors come

Seeing Mt. Denali is the most popular reason. However, be aware that most visitors leave without ever seeing it because the peak is usually hidden totally or partially behind clouds.

Other reasons for coming are photographing, wildlife spotting, and simply doing nothing but absorbing the park's peaceful and pristine nature.

More active visitors hike and kayak in the remote backcountry.

Whatever you do, book a helicopter or plane sightseeing tour. The views are spellbinding.

Typical length of stay
in Denali National Park

Three days are the average, though many tourists stay a week or more.

Beat the crowds

The tourism scene bustles from mid-June to mid-August and accommodations are scarce. Choose May or September for a more serene environment.

Getting there
from Anchorage

Denali National Park is about 400 kilometers (240 miles) north of Anchorage, Alaska. Some people rent cars, but most take a bus or train. Consider taking the Goldstar Dome train for its exceptionally scenic ride. Click this link to read my description of it:

Goldstar Dome train

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