Our Denali Extension explores the Denali National Park from its heart. Travel overland to Camp Denali, where you’ll stay in a simple wood cabin on a hillside that faces Denali itself. Naturalist guided walks, fishing, and canoeing are all available at the lodge. Our journey is capped off by a scenic flight near the mountain back to Anchorage.
Day 1: Arrival in Anchorage
Upon arrival in Anchorage, transfer by taxi on your own to the Copper Whale Inn. Overnight at the Copper Whale Inn.
Day 2: Camp Denali Naturalist Bus to Kantishna
Today we journey from Anchorage to the heart of Denali National Park. A comfortable shuttle takes us 5 hours to the Denali park entrance where we meet the Camp Denali naturalist bus. Resident naturalist guides narrate this 90-mile, 7-hour drive deep into Denali National Park stopping frequently to learn about the park’s glaciology and flora, cultural heritage and legends, and its incredible mega-fauna. We have good chances of seeing grizzly and black bear, moose, caribou, loons, beaver, dall sheep, and possibly wolves. We learn how different species adapt to life in the subarctic and studies of the impacts of climate change in the high latitudes of North America. Total travel time is 12 hours.
Overnight in the heart of Denali National Park in your own authentic wilderness cabin at Camp Denali. Cabins are heated by a wood-burning stove, lit by propane lamp and each has a water spigot and outhouse just outside the door—flush toilets and hot water showers are in a communal building a short 2-7 minute walk to the main lodge where meals are served.
Days 3 - 5: Denali National Park
Our days are spent exploring around Kantishna in the heart of Alaska's premier wilderness with resident naturalist guides leading easy to strenuous hikes through alpine and tundra ecosystems. We delve into this rich natural habitat along rivers, lakes and ridge-top trails with magnificent panoramic views of the Alaska Range. The beautiful scenery of Kantishna is also habitat for grizzly and black bear, caribou, dall sheep, wolves, Arctic fox, and moose. Activities offered include guided hikes, and opportunities to use canoes, mountain bikes, fishing gear, try your hand at gold panning, and evening presentations in the lodge. Overnight in your own cabin at Camp Denali.
Day 6: Mt McKinley Scenic Flight to Anchorage
Our morning bush plane back to Anchorage is a spectacular scenic flight passing over vast glaciers, through mountain passes, and around the snow-covered peaks of the Alaska Range including Mt. McKinley (20,320 ft), the tallest mountain in North America and the highest mountain from base to summit in the world! Overnight at the Copper Whale Inn.
Please note: The flight is weather dependant. If we are unable to fly we take the Camp Denali bus 5 hours back to the park entrance and a coach another 5 hours to Anchorage.
Day 7: Departure
Transfer by your own arrangement to the Anchorage International Airport for flights home.
Copper Whale Inn
The Copper Whale Inn is a 14 room bed and breakfast located in the heart of historic, eclectic Anchorage, convenient to the city's major attractions. Read more about the Copper Whale Inn.
Founded in 1951, Camp Denali is a family owned and operated business which retains grandfathered rights to take its guests on active and educational explorations deep into the Denali National Park. Read more about Camp Denali.