Denali National Park and Preserve is Alaska's most-visited attraction for a reason: the most accessible of Alaska's national parks and one of only three connected to the state's highway system, the 6-million-acre wilderness offers views of mountains so big they seem like a wall on the horizon; endless wildlife, from cinnamon-color Toklat grizzlies to herds of caribou, to moose with antlers the size of coffee tables; glaciers with forests growing on them; autumn tundra the color of a kid's breakfast cereal. Denali is a chance for a visitor to have the wildlife and scenic experience that Yellowstone offered 50 years ago, but Denali has ever so much more as well. - Copyright © 2014 by Fodor’s Travel, a division of Random House, LLC. All rights reserved.
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The eight-hour Denali Star ride from Anchorage offers fantastic scenery and wildlife viewing as it traverses forest and crosses rivers on the way.
Private vehicles are banned from most of the 91-mile park road, so hop on a bus and let the driver point out sights and spot bears and other wildlife.
Several firms offer air tours circling the 20,320-foot peak. While not cheap, this spectacular tour might well be the highlight of your Alaska trip.
Here's the scoop on the two key routes — and points beyond.
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Don’t miss the free, half-hour sled dog demonstration, where park rangers and huskies show how Alaskans traditionally travel snow-bound landscapes.
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On clear days this site deep in the park offers an awesome view of Mount McKinley. Consider a hike to Thorofare Ridge for an even better panorama.
There's no better way to lose the crowds in a national park than to lace up your walking shoes and hit the trails.
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