Alaska: Denali National Park, an Unforgettable Journey

When you hear the name ‘Alaska’ the first picture that comes up in your mind is snow and frozen grounds but this is the misconception. For me, Alaska is one of my favorite destination! Feels like I will never get enough of it!

Alaska is the largest state of United States of America and famous for many tourist sites:

  •  Denali National Park.
  •  Glacier Bay National Park.
  •  City of North Pole.
  •  Juneau.
  • Kenai Fjords National Park.
  • Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.
  • Anchorage.
  • Fairbanks.

Among them, my personal favorite is Denali National Park. Have you ever heard about this place? It is the heart of the Alaska range and one of the favorite destination for tourist according to Trip First an online hotels and resorts booking website.

Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska
Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska
Image credit- Andrew Van Huss

Denali National Park

The interesting thing about the Alaskan Range is that there is completely different climate between the north and south side. The south side has moisture, transitional maritime continental climates with cooler summer and warmer winters. But the north has drier climate and huge temperature fluctuations to the north.

Denali lies in the north of the Alaska. At middle elevations, you can find tundra. And at the highest elevations, lies glaciers, rock, and snow.

It has an extraordinary variety of wildlife, more than any other in the United States. You name it, grizzly bears, black bears, caribou, Dall sheep, moose, golden eagle, gray wolf, beavers, and so on. The park is also well-known for its bird population and fresh ten species of fish including trout, salmon, and arctic grayling.

Denali park rangers maintain a constant effort to keep the wildlife wild by limiting the interaction between humans and park animals. We cannot feed the animals, as it is strictly forbidden and may cause adverse effects on the feeding habits of the creature. But you still can view animals from safe distances.

Wonder lake, Denali

Denali National Park, Alaska
Denali National Park, Alaska Image courtesy-pixabay

Besides wildlife, you can also find over 450 species of flowering plants fill the park, and can be viewed in bloom throughout summer. Goldenrod, fireweed, lupine, bluebell, and gentian filling the valleys of Denali and are often used on postcards and in the artwork.

If you are planning to visit Denali National Park, these are the most favorite hotels according to the reviews mentioned on TripFirst and Trip Advisor. Try to book this hotel before you reach there through any online hotel booking site to not to face any inconvenience because most of the days in the year the hotels are completely occupied:

  • Denali Backcountry Lodge.
  • McKinley Chalet Resort.
  • Denali Backcountry Lodge.
  • Grande Denali Lodge.
  • Denali Bluffs Hotel.

The best time to visit Denali National Park depends on your choice whether you like to enjoy the snow or a clear sky.  In May and June, you can enjoy snow in lots of areas surrounding Denali and mountains are also covered in snow, despite snow you can still have pleasant and enjoyable experience. From September to March you can find clear skies, at this time of the year you can see mountains and greenery. In July and August, it rains heavily there. From my personal experience, I would suggest visiting Denali in September because it was magical and you can find all the colors of nature in this month and a better chance of seeing most of the wildlife.

The Best way to reach Denali is by air you also have the option of cruise lines if you are coming from the United States or any part of South America. If you are coming to Alaska by air, the closest International airport to Denali is in Fairbanks. Which is at a distance of 2 hours’ drive from Denali which means after landing you needs to continue your trip by road. Anchorage is also an option for air travelers if you would like to see the southern side of the country. The road trip from Anchorage to Denali is about 5 Hours. Ones you will reach there you are going to have an unforgettable lifetime experience.

Author Bio:

Mark Scott is a professional Landscape Photographer and a travel blogger. He is currently associated with Trip First; a travel website company. He loves to travel and capture the precious moments to share it with the world. He has visited 100+ destinations worldwide. He joined Trip First for his love of traveling, photography, and blogging.

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