Denali National Park

Bear Viewing, Wildlife Viewing, Flightseeing, Kantishna

Alaska’s Denali National Park is located 238 miles north of Anchorage and 120 miles south of Fairbanks and is larger than the state of Massachusetts. This iconic U.S. national park is also one of the world’s last great frontiers for wilderness adventure. Mount McKinley (now officially renamed its Athabascan name “Denali” meaning the “high one”) is North America’s highest peak at 20,320 feet. Its impressive vertical relief of 18,000 feet is even greater than that of Mount Everest and towers over the other mountains in the Alaska Range.

During their Denali National Park tour, many people discover more than they expected. Denali National Park’s sub-arctic ecosystem supports abundant wildlife, including the “big 5”: Grizzly bears, Dall sheep, caribou, moose, and wolves. Denali’s tundra landscape fills with wildflowers, and migrating birds visit the region throughout the summer. The park’s 6 million acres of wilderness makes Denali an explorer’s paradise, and with a wide variety of accommodations, it is a perfect addition to any Alaska vacation.

Denali National Park’s summer operating season is from mid-May to mid-September. With the exception of a few lodges situated within the park, most of Denali’s hotels and activities are found near the park entrance, including opportunities for hiking, river rafting and helicopter flightseeing tours. The main Denali Visitors Center at the park entrance, is open from approximately 8 am to 6 pm daily during the summer months. The visitor center has an enormous amount of information about the park, including displays, maps, and short films. Ranger guided hikes leave directly from the center, and vary in length and activity level. The Denali National Park rail depot is located just a short walk from the visitor center. There are two other information centers in the park, Eielson and Toklat, and a Ranger Station is located in the small town of Talkeetna, approximately 153 miles south of the Denali park entrance.

The park has only one road extending 91 miles from the park entrance to Kantishna. Only 15 miles of the road are open to private vehicles. The park has scheduled shuttle bus transportation as well as guided road tours. The tour buses depart from the majority of the Denali park entrance hotels, as well as the Wilderness Access Center. For visitors interested in viewing wildlife, no trip to Denali would be complete without a bus tour into the park.

For those wishing to escape deeper into the wilderness of Denali, several remote lodges are located within the park. All of these lodges offer all-inclusive overnight stays with comfortable accommodations in cabin or motel style buildings. They are less luxurious than some of the park-entrance hotels but have modern amenities and are tastefully decorated. All of the lodges offer guided hikes and nature programs for their overnight guests and a couple offer meals using produce grown on site.  Kantishna Roadhouse and Denali Backcountry Lodge are located at the very end of the park road while Camp Denali and its sister property the North Face Lodge are on rises with great views of Denali.  All of these lodges are a great way to get a more in depth Denali wilderness experience.

Find out what you can discover on a visit to Denali National Park:

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Duration: 15 Days
Starting at: $3209 / per person

This self-drive tour takes you from Anchorage to Talkeetna, Denali, Fairbanks, Kennicott, Seward and Homer. This ultimate “All Alaska” driving tour provides you with a... Read more.

Duration: 8 Days
Starting at: $1579 / per person

Discover more of Alaska on our “Great Alaska Road Trip” while you visit Denali National Park and Seward and take a cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park! Enjoy Alaska at... Read more.

Duration: 9 Days
Starting at: $2279 / per person

Especially designed for families, slow down, have fun and see major highlights including Denali National Park and Kenai Fjords National Park. The itinerary for this exciting family... Read more.

Duration: 6 Days
Starting at: $1499 / per person

From tidewater glaciers to the tallest mountain in America, you’ll be treated to the best Alaska has to offer – all in only 6 days! This popular Alaska tour out of... Read more.

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Duration: 12 Days
Starting at: $2599 / per person

Your experienced Alaska guide will help make your “Gold Rush and Glacier Bay” vacation smooth and enjoyable as you experience the attractions of Alaska and Canada’s... Read more.

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Duration: 8 Days
Starting at: $2159 / per person

Packed with multiple highlights, this escorted bus tour gives you the experience of a lifetime in the 49th state! Travel by deluxe motor coach or van with an expert guide who will... Read more.

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Duration: 6 Days
Starting at: $1489 / per person

The Alaska Explorer Tour is a one-way, guided group bus tour, ideal for a pre-cruise adventure in Alaska. In addition to expert commentary by your tour leader, in Fairbanks, a visit... Read more.

Duration: 12 Days
Starting at: $2839 / per person

This tour is a great adventure! Ride the Alaska Railroad, explore Denali National Park, search for gold, meet a sled dog team and much more! This “Circle Alaska” adventure... Read more.

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Duration: 8 Days
Starting at: $2529 / per person

The Alaska National Parks tour is a guided Alaska group tour by bus and by railroad featuring two amazing iconic parks: Denali National Park and Kenai Fjords National Park! This land... Read more.

Duration: 8 Days
Starting at: $2269 / per person

See two of Alaska’s most famous national parks including Denali National Park and Kenai Fjords National Park. These two iconic Alaska destinations provide the best... Read more.

Duration: 8 Days
Starting at: $1599 / per person

Designed for a lower budget, this self drive tour features two popular National Parks, Kenai Fjords and Denali. Enjoy stunning drives along scenic Alaska highways. You explore Kenai... Read more.

Duration: 5 Days
Starting at: $1039 / per person

Explore Alaska’s Interior Region, traveling southbound on the Alaska Railroad from Fairbanks to Denali before continuing on to Anchorage.  A guided bus trip into Denali... Read more.

Duration: 9 Days
Starting at: $2689 / per person

Designed for rail enthusiasts, this program includes Anchorage to Seward, Talkeetna, Denali and Fairbanks. From the majestic waters of Kenai Fjords National Park to Alaska’s... Read more.

Duration: 11 Days
Starting at: $3299 / per person

See all the best places: Anchorage, Seward, Kenai Fjords National Park, Denali National Park, Talkeetna and Fairbanks in a relaxed pace. Sit back and enjoy the scenery as you travel... Read more.

Duration: 6 Days
Starting at: $4069 / per person

Travel first class! Focusing on visiting Denali National Park with a wilderness lodge stay, this deluxe independent tour is perfect as pre or post cruise program. It captures the... Read more.

Duration: 3 Days
Starting at: $999 / per person

Caribou Lodge is an Alaska wilderness lodge located on a remote lake above the timberline in the Talkeetna Mountains, just southeast of Denali National Park and east of Talkeetna.... Read more.

Duration: 7 Days
Starting at: $2109 / per person

Enjoy a Glacier Cruise in Prince William Sound and see Denali National Park. Travel aboard the Alaska Railroad and discover local highlights in each Alaska town you visit. From a... Read more.

Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $115 / per person

This Alaska ATV day tour from Denali is fun, exciting and scenic and is for both novices and experienced riders alike. You will ride your all terrain vehicle along trails surrounded... Read more.

Duration: 5 Days
Starting at: $1199 / per person

Explore Alaska’s great interior by train traveling northbound on the Alaska Railroad from Anchorage to Denali National Park and then continuing on to Fairbanks. The most popular... Read more.

Duration: 13 Days
Starting at: $5399 / per person

Take in the grandeur, wildlife, and scenery of Alaska’s wilderness! During our Alaska Lodge tour you will stay in three lodges located within national parks in Alaska for an in... Read more.

Unique Itinerary
Duration: 14 Days
Starting at: $5209 / per person

Discover 4 of Alaska’s National Parks! Travel independently by rental car. This program provides unique experiences and takes you to some more remote areas! First, enjoy scenic... Read more.

Duration: 8 Days
Starting at: $1039 / per person

This special winter driving tour, a “safari” by car, is for adventurous Alaska travelers who prefer to take on the challenges and rewards of an SUV self-driving tour in... Read more.

Duration: 9 Days
Starting at: $2219 / per person

Travel on the Alaska Railroad and visit Anchorage, Denali, Fairbanks and Talkeetna. Begin your Alaska adventure with a cruise into the world renowned Prince William Sound in South... Read more.

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Starting at: $458 / per person

This scenic flight from Anchorage to Denali National Park takes you within six miles of Denali’s 20,320 ft. summit. Fly by floatplane, ski-plane, or even wheels (winter only)... Read more.

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Starting at: $315 / per person

This 45 minute Denali flightseeing day tour in a small bush plane lets you experience Denali National Park and Mt. Denali from the air. Fly along the snow-capped peaks of the Alaska... Read more.

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This Denali area heli-hiking tour allows visitors to experience the backcountry of Alaska with a guided hike through Yanert Valley! A naturalist guide will lead you on a 3 hour... Read more.

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This comprehensive Denali National Park bus tour travels to the end of the 92 mile park road to the remote Kantishna region. Your naturalist driver/guide will help you search for... Read more.

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Starting at: $204 / per person

The most popular Denali day tour takes you through the pristine wilderness of Denali National Park. An experienced driver and naturalist guide will provide an overview of this... Read more.

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Starting at: $375 / per person

Your flight trip from Talkeetna transports you by bush plane for flightseeing completely around Mt. Denali, North America’s tallest mountain. Begin with the Denali Flyer route... Read more.

Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $320 / per person

This Talkeetna flightseeing tour by bush plane is an extended version of the Denali Experience Tour. In addition to that route, you will fly to the remote western end of Denali... Read more.

Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $250 / per person

This tour out of Talkeetna, Alaska takes you on a magnificent bush plane flight within six miles of Denali’s 20,310 foot summit. As your flight departs Talkeetna, you begin to... Read more.

Duration: 4 Days
Starting at: $2025 / per person

Founded in 1951, Camp Denali is Alaska’s original vacation lodge and nature center, which strives to help Alaska visitors gain a personal knowledge and appreciation for the... Read more.

Unique Itinerary
Duration: 10 Days
Starting at: $3339 / per person

Create your own Alaskan odyssey! Enjoy a fascinating overland journey across the state from the glacier-filled shores of the Pacific Ocean to the vast tundra of the Arctic. This... Read more.

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Duration: 8 Days
Starting at: $2588 / per person

On our fully-guided Alaska Highlights land tour you will experience Alaska’s best wilderness and cultural attractions. Travel by small cruise ship, glass-domed railroad car, and... Read more.

Duration: 3 Days
Starting at: $770 / per person

Visiting Denali National Park is a top highlight of any Alaska vacation! Tour includes scenic bus and rail travel between Anchorage and Denali and a day inside Denali National Park.... Read more.

Duration: 8 Days
Starting at: $1639 / per person

See Anchorage, Denali, Fairbanks, scenic Richardson Highway and Valdez. This tour combines a classic Alaska train trip aboard the Alaska Railroad with an independent tour by car... Read more.

Duration: 7 Days
Starting at: $1509 / per person

Combine Denali National Park with a hidden jewel, Knik River Lodge. Sheltered by the Chugach Mountains and surrounded by over ten glaciers including Knik Glacier, Knik River Lodge is... Read more.

Duration: 3 Days
Starting at: $739 / per person

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