Park Road, Denali National Park, Alaska
Denali National Park, Alaska| Map |
Denali National Park is comprised of more than six million acres of wilderness, with one thoroughfare traveling through the center: The Park Road. The road isn’t just the way to get through the park, it is the park’s primary feature (besides the wilderness, that is.) The road itself is only accessible to individual drivers via a four-day permit lottery held in September, so most vacationers take one of the many bus tours operated by the National Park Service to travel up and down the road. And what a road it is! The splendors of Alaska’s incredible wilderness are there to see right from one’s vehicle. And there are plenty of stopping points on the bus tours to allow for photography, short walks, scenic views and wildlife viewing. A second option is using the park’s shuttle bus system, which also stops for the high points, but it costs less and isn’t narrated by a tour guide. There is actually a small section of the road accessible by private vehicles, but that’s mainly used by the park’s courtesy shuttle -- a third option for getting into the park for a short visit, at no cost at all. These connect all the central services as well as outlying campgrounds. Park visitors without a car will find these especially useful. The park service encourages all vacationers to go green and the various bus services available on the Park Road provide a great opportunity to do just that.
Ratings by kids' ages
- Tots (0-2)
- Little kids (3-5)
- Big kids (6-8)
- Tweens (9-12)
- Teens (13+)
Tips for Families
Use the free shuttle at Park Road to pick up food and supplies for paid tours and check baggage for the day.
Address: Denali National Park, Alaska| Map
Hours: Hours vary. For details, check schedule