Denali National Park is home to Mount McKinley and a vast world of tundra and taiga, glaciers, huge mountains, and abundant wildlife.
The only vehicles allowed on Denali's road are a few tour buses and green shuttle buses, which you should book well in advance (Tel:1-800/622-7275, Web: www.reservedenali.com ).
Shuttle buses run to either the Toklat River at Mile 53 ($23), where rangers lead one-hour tundra tours, or to Wonder Lake at Mile 84 ($40). You can also hop off at any point for a day-hike (no permits required), returning to the road to flag down the next bus back.
Back-country camping is the best way to appreciate Denali but don't expect it to be easy. The park is divided into 87 units and only a designated number of hikers are allowed into each section at a time. Free permits are available, one day in advance, from the Backcountry Information Center (daily 9am–6pm). Special camper buses reserved for those with campground or back-country permits cost $29.25.
Perched on the banks of the Nenana River, the McKinley Village Lodge is approximately 240 miles from Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and across the river from Denali National Park. Hotel ...