Welcome to Denali Highway

As scenery and wildlife goes, this drive is absolutely stunning – you'll pass vast blankets of tundra and may spot grazing herds of caribou. Enjoy the views, because the road itself, though passable in a standard car, is slow going. Expect to average 30mph, taking six hours from end to end. Watch out for potholes and stretches of 'washboard' road if it's been raining.

Top experiences in Denali Highway

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Denali Highway activities

$1125 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Private Multi-Day Denali Camping and Hiking Trip

Alpine Trails Trek: The remote camps will be cached ahead of time. Walk from place to place with a minimum of gear. Cooking equipment, tents, sleeping pads, and all food and drink except spirits are provided. Carrying only personal gear, move about and enjoy your time. Upon arrival at camp, this trip gives travelers the time to enjoy the views, watch and listen to the very thing most people come to see in Alaska-wilderness. Day 1: The walk takes approximately 7-9 hours to access the first camp, and involves over two thousand feet of elevation gain. There are creek crossings where the walking is more difficult. It still is a rare opportunity to do it without the heavy camping gear, and is a lot of fun. The trek will begin in the Boreal Forest, and slowly ascends until reaching the first camp. The view above treeline is spectacular, and a wonderful reward for a hearty day's walk. Day 2: The walking is much easier on the tundra. Explore above the treeline and follow game trails past old beaver lakes, following the footsteps of caribou, Dall sheep, and grizzly bears. With luck, you may have opportunities to observe wildlife as they traverse the tundra. Maclaren Glacier Hike and Packraft Trek: All back-country meals and certain gear are provided, but all group gear and food will be divided amongst participants and guide to be carried to base camp. This is a truly unique experience in the Alaska Range. Day 1: You will travel the remote Denali Highway to the Maclaren River Lodge, then prepare to travel upstream via jetboat on the glacial Maclaren River. Ten miles upstream, you will begin your hike. This is a challenging walk based on the amount of gear being carried for the trip. Base camp will be on "Big Rock" with amazing views of the Maclaren Glacier and surrounding mountains. Day 2: You will leave the gear at base camp and walk all day to reach the toe of the Maclaren Glacier. If conditions are safe and favorable, you may get to take a walk on the glacier. In the Maclaren Valley, you may have the opportunity to see caribou, river otters, grizzly bears, moose and eagles. In the evening, hike back to base camp for a hearty meal. Day 3: This day will consist of packrafting back to the Maclaren River Lodge. The Maclaren River is a great experience for beginner packrafters. When you reach the lodge, you'll have the option for a hot lunch before traveling back on the Denali Highway. Tents, cooking gear, food and sleeping pads are provided on these tours. There are also packs and sleeping bags available if you do not have your own. Note: These tours require a minimum of 4 people to book.

$3899 Classic

Highlights of Alaska

A vast, rugged land of jaw-dropping beauty and abundant wildlife, Alaska remains America’s last truly unconquered frontier. Up to the challenge? This 15-day adventure will put you in touch with the massive state more than you’d imagined possible, mixing hotel stays with cabins typical of the Alaskan frontier. Along the way, you’ll sample amazingly fresh seafood in Anchorage, hike Denali National Park, investigate glaciers, and be blown away by the awesome majesty of your surroundings. Prepare to have your horizons expanded tenfold.