From glaciers and forests to wildlife and waterways, Alaska an outdoor enthusiast’s playground. In particular, Denali National Park offers some of the most majestic landscapes and wildlife sightings, making for an out-of-this-world experience. It’s one of those things you need to see to believe, but we’ll stick to our three favorite reasons for making a visit.
Forget Mount Everest—Denali is the tallest peak in all of North America, topping out at an incredible 20,320 feet. It dominates the entire mountain range, peeking from above the clouds for an impressive postcard-like view.
2. Wildlife, up close
Grizzly bears, moose, caribou, wolves—you name it, you’ll see it. With 169 species of birds, 14 species of fish and 39 (documented) species of mammals, you can’t help but feel amazed each time you see a creature in its natural habitat.
3. Diverse, untouched landscapes
Denali National Park spans an enormous six million acres, the entirety of which is punctuated by one single road running through the middle of it. Since the vast majority of the park is untouched by roads and buildings, it offers an opportunity to glimpse some of the diverse microclimates and wildlife up close. From the snowy tundra to lush forest floors, the sheer variety of landscapes creates eye-opening surprises around every turn.