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Port of 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.

About Denali National Park and Preserve


Pro

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

Con

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


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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.