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How to Spend 2 Days in Denali National Park

How to Spend 2 Days in Denali National Park

At 20,310 feet (6,190 meters), Mt. Denali is North America’s tallest peak and the focal point of Alaska’s Denali National Park. You’ll want to set aside an entire day for exploring the Denali Park Road and then another for an outdoor adventure or two. Here are a few ways to spend two days in Denali National Park. 

Day 1: Follow Denali Park Road

**Morning:**The best way to visit Denali National Park is as part of a bus tour or by the park’s hop-on, hop-off shuttle, as private vehicles are only allowed to travel the first 15 miles (24 kilometers) of the park’s one and only road. Choose between full-day backcountry excursions, wildlife-focused tours, or half-day sightseeing jaunts.  

**Afternoon:**You can easily spend the entire day exploring Denali Park Road. It takes a full day (11-13 hours) to cover the entire 92 miles (148 kilometers) of the Park Road; spots such as Wonder Lake and Reflection Pond can only be seen on the full-day tour.

**Night:**Since you have two days, consider spending your first night at one of the lodges or campgrounds in Katnishna, located deep inside the park. Alternatively, there are plenty of evening activities near the park entrance, such as ranger-led talks, night hikes, or a backcountry dinner excursion by horse-drawn wagon. 

Day 2: Denali Adventure Highlights

**Morning:**On your second morning in Denali, set out on a hike from the Savage River or join a wilderness walking tour. If you want to increase your chances of seeing wildlife, another bus trip into the park is recommended.

**Afternoon:**Devote the afternoon to thrills; go rafting down the Nenana River, opt for a ziplining adventure outside the park, or choose an offroad ATV or jeeping tour. By far the most exhilarating way to see Denali is during a flightseeing tour by light aircraft; opt for a tour that includes a glacier landing for the ultimate Denali experience. 

**Night:**Depending on what time of year you visit, opt for an evening hike or hunt the Northern Lights on a viewing tour—from September through March, you’ll have the greatest likelihood of seeing the Northern Lights. During the summer months, the sun barely sets which enables you to explore beneath the midnight sun.  

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Denali ATV Trailblazer 3.5 Hour Tour

Denali ATV Trailblazer 3.5 Hour Tour

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Discover the Denali area on a 3.5-hour ATV tour that takes you through the boreal forest of Alaska. Have the option to tackle the rugged terrain in a single-rider ATV or a multi-passenger side-by-side ATV. Reach speeds of up to 30 mph (48 km/hr) as you ride for about 2.5 hours on trails that are challenging for all experience levels. Stop periodically for photo ops and wildlife sightings on a tour that includes guide, use of equipment, and transport from select locations in Denali.
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Denali Zipline Tour in Talkeetna

Denali Zipline Tour in Talkeetna

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Soar through the air on a 3-hour zipline tour in Talkeetna. See the entire Alaska Range, the Susitna and Chulitna Valleys, and the south side of Denali as you zip from platform to platform. Your guide provides thorough instructions and equipment so that you can zipline safely and enjoy your flight.
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Upper Nenana Scenic Wilderness

Upper Nenana Scenic Wilderness

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Secure a seat on a raft trip on the Alaska’s upper River Nenana on a day ideal for your schedule by prebooking this expedition. Forget paddling and just sit back as a guide controls the raft using oars: steering you through Class II-III rapids while you relax and enjoy. Soak in the river spray, forests, and mountains; and watch for grizzly bears, moose, and other wildlife along the banks en-route.
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Denali Park Zipline Adventure

Denali Park Zipline Adventure

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Experience Alaska from the only zipline course in the Denali National Park region. Soar over the trees during a 3-hour ziplining experience just outside Denali National Park, with expert guides who lead you along a course with six suspension bridges and eight ziplines. Fly through the boreal forest and over the tundra on this memorable tour that promises exhilarating thrills, incredible scenery and a fun challenge.
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Classic ATV Adventure with Back Country Dining

Classic ATV Adventure with Back Country Dining

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Drive your own ATV off–road during a fun 3-hour experience in the wilderness of Alaska. Enjoy a thrilling ride, breathtaking scenery and a delicious backcountry meal. Your guide provides ATV instructions then leads you on a memorable spin down dirt roads and through dry creek beds. Stop for photo ops of the Alaska Range and look for wildlife, then celebrate with a full breakfast, lunch or dinner before returning to Healy.
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Denali Experience Flightseeing Tour from Talkeetna

Denali Experience Flightseeing Tour from Talkeetna

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This tour takes you within 6 miles of Denali's north summit (19,470 ft.) and south summit (20,320 ft.). You will enter an ancient world of rugged high mountain peaks, towering snow-capped mountains and glacier-filled valleys and explore the south and east faces of Denali. The regular flightseeing tour is 1 hour, or choose the glacier landing option for a 1.5 hour tour including a landing atop a glacier. This is truly a once in a lifetime experience you will not forget.
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Aurora Quest from Denali

Aurora Quest from Denali

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While Alaska is among the top places in the world to catch the northern lights, the elusive natural phenomenon can be difficult to spot on your own. Luckily, with a local tour guide to take you to the best spots in the Denali area, you can greatly increase your chances of witnessing the light show. Plus, along the way, your guide breaks down the mysterious science behind the northern lights.
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Denali Highway Jeep Excursion

Denali Highway Jeep Excursion

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Spot natural wonders along the Denali Highway in Alaska. This 4-hour guided Jeep excursion was named #2 on 'National Geographic Traveler' magazine’s ‘Drive of a Lifetime’ list. Ride along the 135-mile (217.261-km) gravel road, and enjoy the scenic views of Denali, the Alaska Range, and glaciers.
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