Wonder Lake, Denali National Park, Alaska
Denali National Park, Alaska| Map |
Wonder Lake is one of Denali National Park’s top ten features, and is a particularly popular attraction for families vacationing in the area. An 85-mile bus ride from the Visitor Center, Wonder Lake makes a dramatic centerpiece for a long all-day trip. One of the park’s tour buses or shuttles takes visitors right where they need to go. Since it’s a long ride, plan on wildlife-spotting and picture taking from the bus as part of the outing. The tour bus costs more than the shuttle, but it’s narrated, so that’s probably the best option for making the ride itself worthwhile. There are several stops along the way, which can be saved for the end of the trip to make sure there’s enough time to spend at the lake itself. As one of the few spots in the park where Mount McKinley can be seen (on a good day), Wonder Lake and its adjacent Reflection Pond are pretty much a must-stop for shutterbugs. For those who miss seeing the mountain, a nature walk at Wonder Lake, a picnic and seeing caribou along the road still make the trip very worthwhile.
Ratings by kids' ages
- Tots (0-2)
- Little kids (3-5)
- Big kids (6-8)
- Tweens (9-12)
- Teens (13+)
Tips for Families
Schedule a Wonder Lake trip when the park service announces Mount McKinley is visible for best picture-taking. Probably best for visitors spending more than one day at the park.
Address: Denali National Park, Alaska| Map
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