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4th of July Excursion to Denali Nat'l Park

A July 2006 trip to Denali by daph24ne

Tangle River Inn Photo, Denali, Alaska More Photos
Quote: What do you do over the 4th of July when you live in Interior Alaska and there are 24 hours of sunlight? Well, since you can't enjoy fireworks, we traveled to Denali to view the beautiful scenery and wildlife.

Tangle River Inn

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Hotel

Tangle River Inn Photo, Denali, Alaska
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So, are you ready to see the real Alaska? Tired of driving on paved roads? Then, I have a trip for you! When traveling to or from Denali National Park by car, most people travel the Parks Highway, a well-maintained, paved highway. However, another option is the Denali Highway, which begins (or ends, depending on your point of view) in Cantwell and ends in Paxson. Many independent travelers use the Denali Highway as a "loop" to go round trip from Fairbanks to Denali National Park.This is a beautiful drive, and I highly recommend it. However, there are a few things to know before you go. First, the Denali Highway is only about 120 miles, but only about 30 of these miles are on a paved ro...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 28, 2006

Tangle River Inn
Mile 20 on the Denali Highway
Denali, Alaska
(907) 895-4022

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Unless you can't find anywhere else to stay in Denali (and there are plenty of choices), don't waste your money at the Crow's Nest! Stay somewhere else! First, the positives about this place - our room was clean. That's about it. The parking is terrible. The Crow's Nest is situated high up on a mountain, and their cabins (3 rows of them) are built right on top of this mountain. The owners also operate an adjoining restaurant. There is very limited parking along the hill and the restaurant, and there is an overflow parking lot located below the restaurant. If you aren't lucky enough to find a parking spot along the hill (we weren't), you have to park in the parking lot below the restaurant and lug your...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on July 31, 2006

The Crow's Nest
Sugarloaf Mountain
Denali, Alaska
(907) 683-2723

Courtyard Cafe

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Restaurant | "The Courtyard Cafe"

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When we travel, to cut costs, we normally don't eat out very often. But we usually splurge for one very nice meal. During this trip, we decided to try the Courtyard Cafe inside the McKinley Chalet Resort. We would've tried the Nenana Grille (the main restaurant inside the hotel); however, since we were dressed in jeans and sweatshirts, we decided on the Courtyard Cafe.The McKinley Chalet Resort is a Holland America-owned property. It's located right along the Nenana River, just a few miles from Denali Park, and it's very nice inside. Therefore, we expected the Courtyard to be wonderful!Unfortunately, we were disappointed. The food was lukewarm and was just so-so. I had the salmon, ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 18, 2006

Courtyard Cafe
McKinley Chalet Resort
Denali, Alaska 99501
(800) 276-7234

Denali National Park Visitor Transportation System

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Attraction | "Denali National Park - Kantishna Shuttle"

Denali National Park Visitor Transportation System Photo, Denali, Alaska
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When I first moved to the Fairbanks, AK, region, one of the locals here told me that to see Mount McKinley, I'd have to go at least 8 times.  Well, I'm now on trip 3, and I still haven't seen the mountain completely!The mountain, of course, is a big reason that many people take this trip.  This trip was a lot of fun, even though we didn't see the mountain.  Although there are a couple of different ways to see Denali Park, in order to see the whole park, most likely unless you fall into some special exception, you will have to ride a bus in.  The bus tours fall into 2 basic categories.  You can take an expensive tour ($130 or so), complete with an air conditioned bus and boxed lunch, or you...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 18, 2006

Denali National Park Visitor Transportation System
Visitor Center
Denali, Alaska