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Wilderness Access Center

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Address: Mile 0.75 Park Road, Denali National Park, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK
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+1 907-683-9274

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Good Design, Well Run

The access center is designed to conveniently transfer folks to and from various modes of transportation (a small bus station). It has ample parking, food and beverage and small... read more

Reviewed June 20, 2016
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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75 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed June 20, 2016

The access center is designed to conveniently transfer folks to and from various modes of transportation (a small bus station). It has ample parking, food and beverage and small gift shop. Good toilets. The staff is very helpful.

Thank J_J-Aweigh
Manhattan Beach, California
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

The WAC is the place to go for all the information you want / need to access the Denali Park. The facility is clean and comfortable. Parking is ample. Staff is wonderful. All the NPS bus tours start and end at the WAC. There is also a gift store and coffee shop inside. It's worth checking out even if you're... More 

Thank EAWH77
Rocklin, California
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed June 15, 2016

The center serves as the hub for numerous professional (paid for) and free bus tours to the heart of the park. Both have good tour guides/drivers that stop for every kind of wildlife. The center has a nice gift and snack shop.

Thank 4Smokey
Perth, Australia
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101 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed June 4, 2016

This is where you collect your tickets for the shuttle and it is a big place with gift (got some great souvenirs here) and small food shop and theatre. Lots of info available and friendly staff. Within walking distance of visitors centre and trails in area.

Thank LMCM111
Norristown, Pennsylvania
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172 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed June 1, 2016

We came here early for our 8 am shuttle to Toklat and since there was room, we got to go on the 7:30. We really lucked out with Wendy our driver/guide! She is an anchorage native and is very knowledgeable about Alaska and loves to share that knowledge. We saw grizzlies, sheep, moose, caribou, and she was patient with all... More 

1 Thank kay036
Chesapeake, Virginia
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229 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed May 30, 2016

This is the main Visitors Center just inside the park. Its where you purchase tour tickets, permits, gifts and park literature. Of course Park Rangers are there to help. Lots going on here. Valuable information provided to get the most out of your visit.

Thank Sunjammerz2
Los Angeles, California
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58 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed May 17, 2016

I'll be honest, the main reason anyone is going to come to the WAC is if they're picking up or purchasing a bus ticket to go into the park. While there is a theater that shows a 15-minute movie, a coffee cart and a tiny little gift shop with essentials, there isn't much happening here. However! If travel is your... More 

Thank Erin R
Trapper Creek, Alaska
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39 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed May 5, 2016

The WAC has a movie theater, information but the main reason to come here is to buy your bus ticket to get into Denali. Private vehicles can only go a short distance into the park. You must buy a park bus ticket to go as far as 95 miles into the park or to Eielson. I will tell you that... More 

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Kirkland, Washington, United States
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed February 14, 2016

If you are going on a tour into the Park, you MUST take your own food and water. There is no food available in the Park. The Wilderness Access Center has a small coffee and snack facility. There is a limited selection of pre-packaged food items to buy and take with you. There are a couple of gluten-free choices such... More 

2 Thank ceeatlbee
Roeselare, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
Reviewed January 14, 2016

We did not know that there were two separate buildings for visitors. We drove directly to the new building which was actually the main visitor information center. After received of information folders, books etc we ask to reserve our shuttle ticket, but at the new building they don't made any reservation there. They sent us to this building. This is... More 

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