4 Days in Denali National Park from Anchorage

4 Days


Mid-May through mid-September


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Why This Trip?

Witnessing the majesty of Denali National Park is something on everyone's bucket list. This itinerary starts in Alaska's largest city, Anchorage, and takes you by rental car, train, or motorcoach to explore the natural treasures and wildlife of this iconic park.


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Day 1

Arrive in Anchorage - Day & Overnight in Denali

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Arrive in bustling Anchorage and grab your rental car or head to the train or bus station. It's a little over 4 hours to drive to Denali, about 6 hours by bus, and almost 8 hours by train; all are stunningly scenic trips. If there's time when you arrive, head to the park's visitor center to start getting acquainted with this vast expanse of nature.

Day 2

Day & Overnight in Denali National Park

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Today, you'll spend all day exploring the beauty of this park. Private vehicles are not allowed beyond mile 15, so you'll explore by bus. Opt for the National Park Service's hop-on, hop-off transit bus, or take a narrated tour. Spend 7-8 hours traveling 62 miles into the park on the Tundra Wilderness tour, or take 12 hours and go all 92 miles to the end, at Kantishna. Along the way, look for wildlife and of course, North America's tallest peak.

An alternative to a bus on the Park Road is to ride a bike! Bike Denali offers afternoon, full-day, and multi-day rentals. Bike from the park entrance, or put your bike on a shuttle to catch a ride into the park and then pedal out!

Day 3

Day & Overnight in Denali National Park

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You have another full day in Denali! Now that you've seen the length of the Park Road, spend this day taking a tour. You've got a lot of options. Go flightseeing and get a bird's-eye view of the vast Alaska Range as well as the summit of Denali. Enjoy some river rafting, go for a guided hike, or take a Jeep/ATV tour and drive yourself over the tundra. Tonight is a great chance to experience dinner theater: It's a great meal, a fun show, and a dose of Alaskan history all at once.

Day 4

Travel from Denali National Park to Anchorage

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If there's time in the morning, squeeze in an extra tour. Perhaps you'll go rafting, which gets you out quickly into the wilderness along either calm or fast-moving glacial rivers. Then it's time to make the trip back to Anchorage. If you're taking the train, it departs at 12:30pm and gets into Anchorage at 8pm.