This morning’s cover shot of the Alaska Dispatch News said it all: “It’s Official.” No longer called Mount McKinley, North America’s highest peak is now and forever (we hope) named “Mount Denali.”
If you have been one of the lucky few families to actually glimpse this mighty monolith during your Alaska vacation, congratulations, and..Isn’t she beautiful?
If by chance your Alaska travels include the opportunity to view Denali, here are a few wonderful options for “maximum mountainous” (I just made that up):
1. Flightseeing. What better way to view the Alaska Range and Mount Denali than from above? In Anchorage, try Rust’s Flying Service, or their sister company in Talkeetna, K2 Aviation. Also try Talkeetna Air Taxi for several flightseeing trips that appeal to every age and budget. Read a post we wrote about K2 HERE, when we surprised AK Dad with a Father’s Day flightsee to Ruth Glacier a few years ago.
2. Driving. Traveling the Parks Highway north or south from Anchorage or Fairbanks, respectively? Don’t forget to heed those brown highway signs that inform visitors of scenic pull outs. And then, for heaven’s sake, stop. Denali isn’t out every day (in fact, most folks have a 20% chance of actually seeing her tippy top during their visit.
Also fun is to hop aboard a shuttle bus or tour bus in Denali National Park and drive to the Eileson Visitor Center. Along the way you’ll be treated to amazing views of the mountain, with wildlife, rivers, and scenic vistas in every field of your vision. For more information on shuttle or tour buses in Denali National Park, visit the park’s informative website, HERE. Or, owners of the fabulous book Alaska on the Go: Exploring the 49th state with children can read an entire chapter about Denali National Park and navigating the space with kids.
3. Travel by train. Any trip aboard the Alaska Railroad is going to be gorgeous, but traveling north or south through Denali is a true gem of an experience. Even the Hurricane Turn train, an all-day trip departing Talkeetna at noon and arriving back to the depot at 7 p.m. features stellar views of Denali, with a conductor who knows when to slow down and take in the sight if the mountain is “out.” The Denali Star train and Hurricane Turn train schedules can both be accessed HERE.
4. Spend the night. Stay overnight at places like CIRI Tourism’s Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, or Princess’ McKinley (oops) Princess Lodge; both properties feature amazing views of Denali, with enormous decks from which to take photos, videos, or simply ogle the massive mountain.
It’s a gift to view Denali. Alaskans know this, and never take her for granted. Do you have a photo of Mount Denali? Share it with us on the AKontheGO Facebook page.