Denali Journals

Denali National Park

A June 2007 trip to Denali by weeblewobble46

Denali Park Tundra Wildlife Bus Tour Photo, Denali, Alaska More Photos
Quote: What is the shyest mountain? Mt. McKinley. It likes to hide its face.

Denali National Park

Overview

View from Grande Denali Photo, Denali, Alaska
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We were warned. Don't expect to see "the mountain". But hope dies hard in the tourist's heart and we book the Tundra Trek tour for early the next morning.Our room is comfortable. Bed? Check! Chair? Check! Blackout drapes? Check! Our tour starts at 8am in the morning. A box lunch is waiting four us as we enter the bus and we have high hopes since the air is clear. By the time we get to the first viewing area, the top of the mountain is covered in clouds, but the base is visible. Maybe we'll have better luck farther on.The bus that takes us into the park is a school bus that has been painted desert tan. There are seat belts and we are told to wear them. I now know why. Once the S...Read More

Alaska Cabin Nite Dinner Theater

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Restaurant

Alaska Cabin Nite Dinner Theater Photo, Denali, Alaska
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Cabin Nite Dinner Theater opens with the cast/staff singing on the front porch. The harmony lets you know that these folks take their theater seriously. Fortunately, they are not "serious" in their presentations.The cast/staff seat you and entertain you with songs and stories during dinner. The food is simple - ribs and salmon, potatoes, beans and corn, and blueberry cobbler for dessert. The service is fast (Flapjack was our waiter and we kept him running). After dinner, the real show starts. The cast sings and dances in an approximation of the story of the local settlers (some dramatic license is taken) and audience participation is required in some places.This is something that the w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 3, 2007

Alaska Cabin Nite Dinner Theater
McKinley Chalet Resort
Denali, Alaska
(800) 276-7234

Denali Park Tundra Wildlife Bus Tour

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Attraction

Denali Park Tundra Wildlife Bus Tour Photo, Denali, Alaska
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This is one of the longest bus tours that I have been on, but the results were well worth it.We got on the bus in the early morning, but we were not the first tour out for the day. The buses start running around 5:30am during the summer. This makes a lot of sense since the daylight hours extend almost 24 hours long.Our driver/guide, Jason, told us that he had already heard of bear sightings and that Mt. McKinley was visible from the Park Road, so we left the hotel with hearts full of hope. Unfortunately, Mt. McKinley decided not to cooperate with us, and hid his/her face although we were allowed peeks of the base throughout our journey. The bears, however, cooperated fully.I wa...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 3, 2007

Denali Park Tundra Wildlife Bus Tour
Denali National Park Reservations
Denali, Alaska 99501
(907) 272-7275