Denali Journals

Staying outside Denali National Park

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A July 2012 trip to Denali by stvchin

Road out of Denali National Park Photo, Denali, Alaska More Photos
Quote: Unless you plan on camping in Denali National Park, most visitors stay at in the accomodations in the entrance area. Here's journal of our stay and activities just outside the park.

49th State Brewing Company

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Restaurant | "A restaurant definitely worth the trip."

49th State Brewing Company Photo, Healy, Alaska
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The 49th State Brewing Company is a restaurant in Healy, Alaska. We learned about the 49th State Brewing Company via a little kiosk on the Denali "village" boardwalk, adjacent to Prospectors Pizza. The kiosk attendant gave us coupons to the 49th State Brewing Company and told us of the $1 shuttle to and from the Denali Park entrance area to the 49th State Brewing Company, just 10 minutes up the road to Healy. We asked some of our fellow tourists, and more than a few recommended we go try the 49th State Brewing Company. The coupons savings in food offset the shuttle costs.The shuttle leaves the Denali Park entrance area in front of Prospectors Pizza and the Denali Park Salmon Bake restaura...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 15, 2013

49th State Brewing Company
Mile 248.5 George Parks Hwy
Healy, Alaska 99743
(907) 683-2739

Black Diamond Resort Company

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Attraction | "Off road ATV fun in Denali"

Black Diamond Resort Company Photo, Healy, Alaska
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We wanted to try an off road adventure, so after some online research, we opted for the Black Diamond ATV Adventures 3 hour ATV tour. They also have a 4 hour ATV adventure which includes lunch. We booked our 3 hour adventure on their website for $109 each person and got a 10% discount for paying immediately with PayPal. There are various start times, we booked the 7:30am one. You can cancel without penalty up to 2 days before your scheduled adventure. The actual site of the ATV adventure is private land in Healy, just 10 minutes north of the Denali Park entrance area. There is no ATV riding inside Denali National Park. There is a free shuttle to and from the Denali Park entrance area lodges, such as o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 15, 2013

Black Diamond Resort Company
Otto Lake Road
Healy, Alaska
(907) 683-4653

Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge

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Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge Photo, Denali, Alaska
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The Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge is located on Mile 238.5 of the Parks Highway, just outside of the entrance to Denali National Park. It’s the largest lodge/accommodation in the Denali Park entrance area, and very easy to spot. The lodge can be booked independently of any other Princess activity or cruise. After careful online research, we chose the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge because it is the largest in the area and would most likely have the most resources available to us.Our AAA room rate booked online for 3 people sharing a room was $289/night, with tax, that’s $309.23/night. (At a little over $100/person per night, that's not bad.) We booked 4 nights, with arrival on a Monda...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 11, 2013

Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge
Mile238 George Parks Highway
Denali, Alaska
(907) 683-2282

Prospectors Historic Pizzeria & Alehouse

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Restaurant | "Prospectors Pizza"

Prospectors Historic Pizzeria & Alehouse Photo, Denali, Alaska
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We heard from locals and other tourists alike that Prospectors Pizza was probably the best restaurant in the Denali Park entrance area. It’s a quick walk from our lodge, across to the east side of the George Parks Highway (there are two signaled crosswalks) to the Denali "village." Prospectors Pizza is located just north of the boardwalk, in the set of buildings with blue colored roofs.We entered and gave our name to the greeter at Prospectors Pizza. This was the first time we had to wait for a table in any restaurant in the Denali entrance area. After about 30 minutes, we were given a table in the dining area. Prospectors Pizza was totally packed and quite lively, but our waitress still g...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 14, 2013

Prospectors Historic Pizzeria & Alehouse
Milepost 238.9 Parks Highway
Denali 99755
907-683-7437

Denali Park Salmon Bake Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Salmon Bake"

Denali Park Salmon Bake Restaurant Photo, Denali, Alaska
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We wanted a good, hearty breakfast before our whitewater rafting adventure. Some of the other tourists recommended the Denali Park Salmon Bake for that. We went across the George Parks Highway from our lodge to the Salmon Bake. The Salmon Bake is located about a hundred yards south of the Denali "village" boardwalk area. Upon entering the Salmon Bake, it’s quite obvious that this is an eclectic place. There are two dining areas to either side of the main door, and a bar upstairs. Some of the wooden floors in the Salmon Bake are a little crooked at best, as it’s quite obvious that it’s built into a hillside. That might prove to be a little fun after a few drinks. Both lower dining areas wer...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 13, 2013

Denali Park Salmon Bake Restaurant
238.5 Parks Hwy
Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska 99755
907-683-2733

Denali Raft Adventures

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Attraction | "Awesome Nenana River cruise!"

Denali Raft Adventures Photo, Denali, Alaska
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The three of us wanted to do some scenic whitewater rafting in the Denali Area. There seemed to be two major outfits for rafting in the area. We chose Denali Raft as they seemed to be slightly cheaper and offered a 4 hour scenic whitewater rafting session for $122. We were able to book it with our AAA discount a few weeks before we arrived at Denali. They have two different types of boats, oar rafts and paddle rafts. The oar rafts have the guide doing all of the rowing with oars while the passengers sit back. The paddle rafts are more interactive with the passengers doing the rowing, and the guide more or less steers with the oars.The Denali Raft office is in at mile 238.6 of the George P...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 5, 2013

Denali Raft Adventures
Mile 238.6 George Parks Hwy
Denali National Park, Alaska
(888) 683-2234

Road out of Denali National Park Photo, Denali, Alaska
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I'm writing this to help others who are looking to stay at the Denali National Park entrance area, which is just outside the park. It seems that most visitors to the park will end up staying in this area. Although modern technology gives us satellite and drive by maps, it was still difficult for my friends and I to figure out what to expect until we arrived.If you’re not camping in Denali National Park (DNP) then a good portion of your stay will be probably be spent just outside of DNP by the entrance area. The DNP entrance area, also called the Nenana River Canyon, is home to seasonal accommodations, as well as shops, restaurants, and activities. The Nenana River Canyon lodges are the mos...Read More