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“First rate day”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Denali

Denali
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Denali Wilderness ATV Adventure Tour
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Owner description: America's tallest peak, this 20,320-foot mountain is the most famous part of this national park.
Dorchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“First rate day”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2011

We took a bus to Wonder Lake. the driver Mike was excellent and we had a superb day. We were lucky and saw a great deal of wildlife - bears, caribou, ptarmigan, fox, coyote, doll sheep. but even if we had not seen the animals it would have been a worthwhile day. The park is a very special and beautiful place.

Visited September 2011
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“the most beautiful place in the world”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2011

Denali is a truely remote and beautiful location.The guide and rangers are helpful and the park is pristine. Not a candy wrapper or a can anywhere. I loved this trip

Visited August 2011
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Woodbridge, Virginia
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“Wonderful!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2011

Don't forget your camera! We stayed at the Cottonwood Chalets on a Holland America Cruise Tour. The rooms were a decent size, very clean, and quiet enough. The setting, in the woods, is beautiful and the knotty pine interior lovely. We dined in the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge at the Base Camp Bistro and every single item, drinks and appetizers through dessert, was out of this world good. Service was top of the line and you never felt rushed. The village feel walking to and from the restaurant was far superior to that offered by Holland America's McKinley Chalet Resort, which had more of a mall effect. The History tour, which is on a bus through several miles of the park was well worth the time. Don't forget to tip the bus driver, though. Would be a great place to try cabin camping, too.

Visited September 2011
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Albany, New York
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“An American Must”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2011

Stunning. We went the last week in August and hit peak color. I never imagined the color! Reds, oranges, yellows, beautiful.

It took a little to get used to the split between the park service and the concessions, but once figured out, it worked ok. We camped the first night at Riley Creek Campground (busy, lots of sites, not a good choice for tenters) and the rest of the time at Igloo Creek (only 7 sites, bear boxes provided, stream to get water but must treat). The bus was expensive ($31.50 per person), but once you're "in", you're "in". We were able to hail down any green bus and go to where we wanted to hike for the day, and hail another one to return to our campground. Busses were generally on schedule but one must allow for "animal jams" or sightings, and that we saw! Many grizzlies, moose, dall sheep, etc.

Elison visitor center was lovely and worth a visit. Lovely hiking anywhere really, just tell the bus driver where you want to get off! You can only see Denali at certain points along the road, so keep your eyes open, and the bus driver will stop if you ask them so you can take pictures.

Visited August 2011
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Hamilton
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“About what we expected..”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2011

The unexpected surprise was the dog sled demo. We are dog people and enjoyed seeing all the sled dogs and getting to be up close with them. And the cost was zip, nada, none! We took the 6 hour bus trip to Toklat and was glad we didn't sign up for the long one. We did see many critters and enjoyed the company on the bus. We stopped many times for picture takers. The seats were more comfortable than expected. The temp was near 55 and no rain The clouds were hanging low so Denali's exposure was limited. We had stopped at Subway for a to go sandwich and they were very busy with others doing the same thing. Two days later on the road to Seward we stopped and had some great views of Mt McKinley with very limited clouds.

Visited August 2011
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