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Cruises to Denali National Park and Preserve

Denali National Park and Preserve (Photo:Uwe Bergwitz/Shutterstock)

About Denali National Park and Preserve

Often found on pre- or post-cruise tours to Alaska's interior, Denali National Park and Preserve encompasses 6-million acres of untamed wilderness, including Denali (also known as Mount McKinley) -- the highest mountain in North America.

Made up of a combination of forest, tundra and glaciers, the park is bisected by a lone 92-mile stretch of road. It's closed to traffic (except authorized vehicles) after the first 15 miles.

The park is an excellent place to spot animals you likely won't see at home, including moose, caribou, Dall sheep and grizzly bears, as well as several types of notable birds like ptarmigans and bald eagles. Despite the menagerie of animals, no hunting is allowed in the preserve, with the exception of special permission granted to those whose ancestors used the land for that purpose before it became a national park.

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Why go to Denali National Park and Preserve?

Pros:

The only way to get inside this 6-million-acre park is designated busing, included in many cruisetours

Cons:

Wildlife-viewing depends on weather, seasonality, time of day and luck; nothing is guaranteed

Bottom Line:

While not a cruise port, Denali is the highlight of many cruisers' land-and-sea vacations in Alaska

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Currency is the U.S. dollar. ATMs are available at local hotels, resorts and gas stations, as well as some shops.

Language?

English is spoken in and around Denali National Park.


Denali National Park and Preserve Cruise Reviews

susanstar88
Sail Date: Jul 2019
Booked thru NCL ... the 4 day trip was totally amazing! The weather was hot but we didn't care ... we learned more about Alaska than we ever could have learned... the tour director, Alex was amazing. Alex was... Read More
Micagman
Sail Date: Jul 2019
Breathtaking! Ecology at work blending with all life at Denali, prey predator relationship, natural landscape all before your eyes. Naturally maintained. The Park Rangers are there for the spark , the new adventure... Read More
Teacherprof
Sail Date: Jun 2018
The park itself is great - 5 stars. You will likely see wildlife and you might see Denali. (Only about 30% of visitors see it; the other 70% see clouds covering it.) You have to tour on a school-type bus because the... Read More
Suebelambcat
Sail Date: Aug 2019
History tour - great- would have like to have signed up for the longer 8 hour tour; we heard they saw more wildlife. ATV ride- great and scenic. Talkeetna river float - calm and peaceful would have liked it to be... Read More
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