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Denali Extension

Fantastic Wildlife Viewing and Active Excursions in Denali National Park


Experience the grandeur of Denali National Park firsthand while staying at a lodge deep within the Park, where you'll enjoy great meals and cozy cabin accommodations. When the weather is clear, the views of the Alaska Range are absolutely amazing! Spectacular scenery, top-rated wildlife viewing—Dall sheep, moose, bears, golden eagles, caribou, and wolves—and various outdoor activities including daily hiking and biking adventures make this an unforgettable experience and a great add-on to your Alaska adventure.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Anchorage, Alaska

Arrive in Anchorage and transfer to the hotel on your own. Overnight at Copper Whale Inn, Historic Anchorage Hotel, or similar...meals on your own

Day 2
Anchorage / Denali National Park

Transfer to the train station on your own and depart  Anchorage on the 8:15 am train to Denali National Park (7-hour journey). The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure for optional tours that include park ranger-led guided hikes and walks, or dogsled demonstrations. Overnight near the Denali park entrance...B

Day 3
Denali National Park

This morning, you have time for an optional tour of your choice. At 1:30 pm, depart on a wildlife bus tour through Denali National Park to Kantishna, the end of the park road. Along the way, your naturalist driver/guide will discuss the history of the park and help you search for moose, bear, caribou, and other animals. Stops will be made to enjoy the scenery and photograph wildlife. The bus will arrive at the lodge at 8:00 pm. Set in the middle of nothing but nature, the lodges feature extremely cozy but rustic cabins (no TV, phones, cell service, internet). Overnight at Kantishna Roadhouse or similar...D

Day 4
Denali National Park

Spend the day enjoying a park ranger-led guided hike or walk, panning for gold, fishing, mountain biking through the backcountry, trips to Wonder Lake, yoga and stretch classes, or flight seeing. In the evening, enjoy a presentation focusing on the local area, read a book from the extensive natural history library, or just relax and share stories from the day. All outdoor activities (except flight seeing) are included. Overnight at Kantishna Roadhouse or similar...BLD

Day 5
Denali National Park / Anchorage

Enjoy a light breakfast early this morning before departing on the bus back to the park entrance at noon, with stops for wildlife viewing. After lunch on your own, enjoy a rail journey back to Anchorage. Along the way, you'll have views of the Alaska Range, Summit Lake, and Hurricane Gulch. Upon arrival around 9:00 pm, transfer to the hotel on your own. Overnight at Copper Whale Inn, Historic Anchorage Hotel, or similar...B

Day 6

Transfer to the Anchorage airport on your own and depart...B


Length: 6 days
Cost From: $2360  
Arrive: Anchorage, Alaska
Depart: Anchorage, Alaska
Lodging: 3 nights hotels, 2 nights lodge
Meals: Meals at Kantishna Roadhouse or similar included
Activity: Walking, Wildlife & Natural History, Photography
Trip Level:

Wildlife viewing, optional hikes