Best of Alaska in Denali

When it comes to exploring Alaska, “Denali is what is in demand,” noted Cruise Specialist Matthew Vaughan. That’s no surprise given what one sees and experiences there.

Denali National Park and Preserve

Denali is home to the highest mountain in North America, Mt McKinley.

Denali means “the High One” in the Athabascan language, referring to the tallest peak in North America at 20,320 feet. Officially, the mountain is known as Mt. McKinley, however, locals call it Denali. At more than 6 million acres, the Park and Preserve is home to 156 recorded species of birds and 37 mammal species including the Dall sheep, fox, lynx, hoary marmot, caribou and Grizzly bear.

Denali National Park

Relatives of the bighorn sheep, Dall sheep graze the alpine tundra of Denali.

The dramatic landscape of glaciers, mountains, tundra and rivers is reason alone to visit. So it comes as a surprise when I discovered that about 10% of Alaska land and cruise packages don’t include the park in the itinerary!


On our exclusive Best of Alaska cruisetour, you’ll arrive into Denali on day 3 around noon. The remainder of the day is yours to explore on your own or participate in an optional tour/activity.

The next day is an early one. After an included breakfast, embark on the Tundra Wilderness Tour lasting 8 hours, taking you up to 45 miles deep instead of the usual 14 offered in other tours. Needless to say, going further into the park greatly increases your chances of seeing wildlife. A snack box lunch is included. You’ll have the rest of the afternoon to relax, explore some more on your own or do an optional activity that’ll have you seeing even more of this majestic destination.

Knowing that Denali is a major draw, that’s why our custom Best of Alaska cruisetour includes two nights there. See the full itinerary here.

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About Vanny

Vanny is Cruise Experts Travel’s Social Media Coordinator. She is a passionate world traveler and has been given an exciting opportunity to share experiences, tips and advice on everything cruising and travel in Alaska.
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