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Getting to Denali National Park

Denali National Park in south central Alaska has some of the most extraordinary scenery and wildlife viewing in the state. With 6 campgrounds, tour buses to the backcountry, biking and a Visitors Center full of interesting exhibits, it is a tourist destination that thousands of people enjoy each year. You can get to Denali National Park a number of different ways.

Getting To Denali National Park
Denali National is about mid-way between Anchorage and Fairbanks. The park is slightly closer to Fairbanks, so if time constraints are a problem, you may prefer to fly into Fairbanks. Visitors can get to the park a number of ways. A number of car rental companies operate out of these cities. Recreational vehicles are also available. If you prefer traveling with a group, you may prefer to get to Denali National Park via a tour bus.

From Anchorage
Many visitors to Denali National Park fly into Anchorage (ANC) and rent a car travel the 240 miles northeast to the park. The George Parks and Glenn highways are generally flat and easy to travel, without severe elevations or tight turns.

From Fairbanks
Travelers that fly into Fairbanks (FAI) must then rent a car or other conveyance for the 120 miles south to the park's entrance. The Parks Highway passes through rolling countryside, with easy driving to Nenana and then onto the park entrance.

Alaska Railway
Visitors can also get to Denali National Park from both of these cities via the Alaska Railway. The train stops at Denali National Park and Talkeetna, which is midway between the park and Anchorage. Reservations should be made as early as possible to ensure that you reserve your seating.

Shuttles to Denali
A number of shuttle bus services operate during the summer months between Anchorage and Denali National Park, as well as from Fairbanks to Denali. It's a good idea to book your seating as early as possible, particularly during high tourist season, in June, July and August.