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Driving from Anchorage to Denali Park

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Driving from Anchorage to Denali Park

We are going to drive from Anchorage to Denali park, It must be beautiful driving there.

Is there any recomendations we should stop for view points ??? Going and coming back ?

would be highly appriciated.

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1. Re: Driving from Anchorage to Denali Park

South Denali View Point at mile 132. Veteran's Memorial at Mile 147. North Denali View Point at Mile 162.

Talkeetna.

I love the view at Broad Pass.

Hurricane Gulch

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2. Re: Driving from Anchorage to Denali Park

Also - what time of day are you leaving Anchorage - are you on a dead line of when you have to be in Denali, because there are some great diversions on the way besides the scenic spots mentioned by AKStafford. :)

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3. Re: Driving from Anchorage to Denali Park

Hi, Coalminer !!

Thank you for replay to me !!

That day is only for us just driving to Denali, nothing any special plan for a night.

We will get off the cruse at Whittier(Anchorage) at midnight, so I probably get off the boat around by noon and start from there....

And coming back to Anchorage, we have a 9PM flight to catch, so I am also thining to leave by noon at Denali.... Thanks !

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4. Re: Driving from Anchorage to Denali Park

Just so you know, Whittier to Denali is 300 miles. I would figure about 7 hours of driving with construction. Plus stops.

I wouldn't leave Whittier any later than noon. And you'll want to be through Anchorage and past Wasilla before the traffic starts to build at 4pm.

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5. Re: Driving from Anchorage to Denali Park

Hi, Akstafford,

My guide book says 5 hours from anchorage where we will pick up the car there, From Whittier, we will take a bus which the cruse company will provide with tickets. their bus starts to run from 7am, OK, we should leave maybe like 9 or 10..

HOw about coming back ??? lot of traffic ??

Should we think about taking a train instaed of renting car ??

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6. Re: Driving from Anchorage to Denali Park

No - the train takes even longer and leaves with no flexibility. Keep the car. :)

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7. Re: Driving from Anchorage to Denali Park

Yes, thank you !!

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8. Re: Driving from Anchorage to Denali Park

Definitely keep the car. It's faster and gives you more flexibility in your dining and lodging options.

Yes, in a perfect world you can do Anchorage to Denali in 5 hours. But there's construction and slow moving vehicles. And then more construction. And then another slow moving vehicle.

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9. Re: Driving from Anchorage to Denali Park

And there are also the delightful stops to see moose, mountains or have ice cream! :)

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10. Re: Driving from Anchorage to Denali Park

Thank you very much, guys !