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When most people think of visiting Alaska they think of Denali National Park and catching a glimpse of North America's highest mountain, 20,320 foot tall Mt. McKinley. Your visit to the 6 million acre Denali Park will give you one of your best opportunities to see Alaska's large mammals such as grizzly bear, moose, wolves, Dall sheep and caribou. Naturally, bus tours into the park are one of the most popular trips, but save some time for other tours and activities like rafting, flightseeing, day hikes, the visitor center, or an evening at a local dinner theater.

Denali Park hotels are often grouped together by their distance from the Denali Park entrance which is located at mile 237 on the Park Highway. One mile north of the Park entrance is an area referred to by locals as the "Canyon". This area hosts a number of hotels, inns and cabins, as well as a great selection of restaurants, gift shops and other attractions within easy walking distance. The canyon is home to our first choice in Denali Park lodging, the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge. As could be expected, Princess Cruises does a great job operating this first class facility, and it is a great value compared with several other higher priced offerings. Also in the canyon is the Denali Bluffs Hotel, a great choice with an awesome view. Seven miles south the Park entrance is an area called the McKinley Village, home to the McKinley Village Lodge and the Denali Cabins, as well as a number of smaller hotels, inns, and bed and breakfasts. Peak season in Denali runs from mid June through the first weekend in September, make your reservations well in advance for this date range. Expect to pay $179 to $199 for a nice room for two, and ask about special rates for stays in May or September. We recommend a minimum two night stay in Denali Park, many people spend two nights near the Park entrance and then a night or two at a Talkeetna lodge on the south side of Denali Park.

People usually reach Denali National Park by rental car, bus line or via the Alaska railroad. Most national rental car agencies are available in Anchorage, and most visitors rent their vehicles at or near the Anchorage airport. The Park Connection Alaska bus line offers two trips each day between Anchorage and Denali Park, and they offer connecting service through to Talkeetna and Seward. The Alaska Railroad also offers daily summer service to Denali Park from either Anchorage or Fairbanks, and a number of great views of Mt. McKinley are available from the train. We often recommend traveling one direction by rail and the other by bus.

If you looking for a remote lodge in the Denali Park area, we high recommend the Denali Backcountry Lodge. This fabulous property is located deep inside the Park at the end of the ninety mile Denali Park road.

Be sure to include two or three days for Denali National Park in your Alaska travel plans, your stay in Denali will be one of the highlights of your Alaska vacation!

Get more information on Denali National Park from Alaska Tour and Travel or the National Park Service.

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