I am really late posting this review as we visited Denali in September 2012.
We were there for the last 3 days of the season and it was everything I hoped it would be (other than not seeing the northern lights, which I guess I can't hold anyone responsible for...). We got there via the train, which was great and even the 6 hour journey into the park was delightful! We saw bears with cubs, moose, pika and more!
The food was really good, which considering the remote location is no mean feat. The lodges were very good and we paid extra for a creek-side lodge which was worth it in my opinion.
We may have been spoiled as the weather was excellent, it was so clear we saw the top of Mt McKinlay every day we were there, which is pretty unheard of I understand.
My favourite bit of the whole trip by far were the hikes we did with Mikey, our guide. He was so knowledgable and enthusiastic that you couldn't help but enjoy every minute.
I can honestly say that this trip was one off my bucket list and would highly recommend it. Although avoid summer as I understand the mosquitoes are dreadful
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- When planning your Alaska vacation don't settle for just another Denali hotel! Journey with us winding through the Alaska Range, deep into the heart of the Denali National Park, with opportunities to see Denali's famed wildlife: Grizzlies, Caribou, Moose, Dall Sheep, Wolves, and Eagles. At the very end of the Denali Park road, past Wonder Lake, you'll find a unique enclave in the park known as Kantishna. This area is home to Denali Backcountry Lodge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Denali Backcountry Hotel Denali National Park And Preserve
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