Visit Denali National Park Like A Local During Road Lottery

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    A visit to Denali National Park is a bucket list trip for many. About the size of the state of Vermont, Denali is vast - the tundra just stretches for miles and miles. It is home to Mt. McKinley, a stunningly beautiful mountain that is also the highest peak in North America at 20,320 feet. The wildlife viewing is also incredible and is often referred to as the Great North American Safari since you are likely to see the Denali Big 5 of grizzly bears, moose, caribou, wolves, and Dall sheep. During most of the season, visiting Denali entails riding on the park shuttle buses that ply the park's single 92 mile long road as no private vehicles are allowed after the first 15 miles. It has been this way for decades and is done to minimize the environmental impact on this fragile region as well as ease congestion on what amounts to a narrow, windy, minimally improved road. Honestly, it makes sense. But still, we're talking about seeing the greatest mountain our country has to offer while riding in coach (literally!) with 50 or so of your closest friends. On a school bus. With no food service. And no bathrooms. (OK, it does make many stops along the route.) For as much as 184 miles. That sounds almost like flying Spirit! Don't get my wrong, I'm sure it's still spectacular. But it turns out that there is an alternative that mostly only the locals (as in everyone who lives in Alaska) know about. The post Visit Denali National Park Like A Local During Road Lottery appeared first on One Mile at a Time.

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