Visit Denali from Anchorage

This an excellent opportunity to see Alaska's “Big Five”: moose, bears, wolves, Dall sheep, and caribou, a perfect tour to add to an Alaska cruise.

Tour Code: 158CTA

Tour Overview

Our “Visit Denali Tour” includes a scenic bus and rail tour between Anchorage and Denali and a day inside Denali National Park. Visiting Denali National Park is a top highlight of any Alaska vacation, featuring possibilities for wildlife viewing and views of Denali, North America’s tallest mountain (weather permitting). You’ll travel on a comfortable journey by motor coach en route to Denali amidst stunning scenery. After this, you will take a guided bus tour into the park to search for wildlife and learn about the park’s history, ecosystems, and habitats. Then it’s all aboard the Alaska Railroad for your train trip back to Anchorage.

What's Included
  • Scheduled motor coach from Anchorage to Denali
  • 2 nights of hotel accommodation near the Denali National Park entrance area
  • 4-6 hour bus tour into Denali National Park (depending on weather and road conditions)
  • Train from Denali to Anchorage
  • All taxes and fees
What's Not Included

Transfers in Anchorage, meals, and gratuities.


Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Anchorage to Denali National Park

Your morning is free to sightsee in Anchorage. Local attractions include the Alaska Native Heritage Center, the Anchorage Museum, and the Alaska Zoo. At 3 pm, depart from Anchorage downtown on a motor coach to Denali National Park. Relax and capture the scenery from large picture windows. A short stop will be made in Talkeetna before arriving in Denali at 9 pm. Overnight near the Denali park entrance.

If you overnight in Anchorage prior to this day, you have the option to upgrade to train travel and to take the Alaska Railroad from Anchorage to Denali. The train departs Anchorage at 8:20am and arrives in Denali at 3:55pm.

Day 2
Denali National Park

Today, depart on a narrated bus tour into Denali National Park. As you travel through the pristine wilderness, look for wildlife, such as bears, caribou, and moose, as well as views of the Mountain. Your experienced driver/guide will provide commentary. The tour is approximately 4-6 hours long and takes you approximately 30 – 43 miles into the park, depending on weather and road conditions. The rest of the day is free for optional tours, such as river rafting (see Tour Add-Ons). Overnight near the Denali park entrance.

Day 3
Denali National Park to Anchorage

Sleep in this morning or enjoy a short excursion before leaving the national park. Transfer by hotel courtesy shuttle to the Alaska Railroad depot. Just after noon, you will depart for Anchorage onboard the Alaska Railroad. Stunning views from the train include the Alaska Range, Summit Lake, Hurricane Gulch, and – if the weather is clear – Denali’s 20,310’ peak. Stroll through the train, visit the dining car, and learn from the knowledgeable local guides on board. Arrive in Anchorage in the evening.

Tour Map


Dates & Rates

*Child prices are valid for children 11 years and younger, sharing a room with at least 2 full paying adults with the existing bedding. Maximum of 4 people per room.

Our Standard Program Includes:

2 and 3 star hotel accommodations.

The program will include a combination of hotels or motels that are considered moderate to standard tourist class. Please be aware not all hotels have shuttle services.

Standard train car seating on all rail services (reserved seats).

If you would like to book the standard program but with upgraded rail seating, the option and surcharge will be listed when you save to your cart.

Our Upgraded Program Includes:

* 3 and 4 star hotels (best available) wherever possible.

The program will include standard rooms at this category of hotel where possible. Alaska has very limited hotel choices in remote areas and small towns. The properties will typically offer a wider range of services such as a full-service restaurant, room service and perhaps a pool or spa facilities. Please be aware the upgraded accommodations in downtown Anchorage do not have hotel shuttle services. Many of the upgraded hotels also offer guaranteed view rooms for additional cost. If you would like a specific room type, in addition to the upgraded program, please ask us about availability and cost difference.

Deluxe dome train car seating between Anchorage, Denali and Fairbanks, or Anchorage and Seward.

All journeys between Anchorage and Whittier are in standard seating as deluxe dome cars are not available on that route.


Tour Add-ons

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We just wanted to thank you and everybody at Alaska Tours for planning a great trip for us and to tell you we had a great time and caught some great salmon! All the accommodations were very comfortable and the staff everywhere were very helpful.  We really enjoyed every aspect of the... Read more  

Frank and Patti | Pennsylvania