6 Day Anchorage to Denali National Park with Talkeetna

6 Days

Season

Mid-May through mid-September

Transportation

Car Train Motorcoach

Why This Trip?

This trip gives you a good flavor for Alaska's largest city and the quaint, nearby pioneer town of Talkeetna. And with two full days in stunning Denali National Park, you'll have the opportunity to really explore this gorgeous area and have more opportunities to spot some of its magnificent wildlife.

Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive & Overnight in Anchorage


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Welcome to Anchorage! Take today to explore Alaska's largest city. Walk or bike the dramatic, 11-mile Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. Go on a city tour via trolley or bike to get an overview, or join a brewery tour and sample some of the innovative suds being brewed here. Then get an in-depth picture of the city and state at the Anchorage Museum, or visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center for a dose of history and culture. Of course, you'll also want to experience the city's fantastic bars and restaurants.

Day 2

Day & Overnight in Talkeetna


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Travel to charming Talkeetna by car (2 hours), train (3 hours), or bus (2.5 hours). Then explore the one-block main street, ducking in and out of the quaint shops and restaurants, like the legendary Talkeetna Roadhouse, which has been around since the early 20th century. And definitely take a tour. You're close to Denali, so go flightseeing and check out the mountain up close; you could also take a guided walk, a rafting trip, try ziplining, or go for a thrilling jetboat ride.

Day 3

Day & Overnight in Denali National Park


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Depart from Talkeetna for iconic Denali National Park, either by car (2.5 hours), train (4.5 hours), or motorcoach (4 hours). Head to the park's visitor center to start getting acquainted with this vast expanse of nature. And try an activity! 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.

Day 4

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.

Day 5

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 6

Morning in Denali National Park & Return to Anchorage


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If there's time in the morning, take advantage and squeeze in an extra tour. Many activities have half-day options, while others, like flightseeing, can be short but spectacular—the perfect sendoff for your Alaska experience. After that, it's time to make the trip back to Anchorage. If you're taking the train, it departs at 12:30 pm and gets into Anchorage at 8 pm.