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Denali National Park Bus Tour

Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99743, USA
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A friend of mine and I decided to venture a bit north from Anchorage to do our best to see Mount McKinley, the highest point in the United States.

We decided to have a fairly immersive experience at Denali National Park, so we opted to take a six hour narrated bus tour that only captures 19 miles of the park. One likely can't imagine that it would take three hours each way to cover such a short distance, but the stops and the opportunities to see animals are so frequent that the road is traveled slowly.

The bus is driven by a certified driver-naturalist from the Park Service, and they tell you to yell STOP anytime you might have an animal sighting. Because of this, we were able to see a few eagles, a wolf (which is rare), and a moose.

You can only sometimes see Mount McKinley (which is called Denali by native Alaskans), because it has its own weather patterns. Unfortunately, it was not visible when I visited.
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Savage River
The Savage River rest area is the end of the road for all privately driven vehicles. Take a bus tour to venture out further!

Points of interest

Denali National Park Visitor Center
Stop here to learn more about the park you're about to visit!
Mt McKinley
Unfortunately, you can only see the highest point in North America about 20% of the time.


Denali Salmon Bake Cabins
Serves up a great beer flight and food right outside of Denali National Park!


Toklat River Contact Station
You'll stop at a bookstore here during the bus tour. Don't forget to get your National Park Passport stamped!

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