It was very informative and beautiful. Wish we would have seen more animals, but the guides can't control that. Did see a moose and her baby and Dall sheep on the hills. Definitely a must do if you want the history of the area.
Alaska/ Denali has been my summer destination for the last 26 years. There are two types of concessionary buses going into the park. The SHUTTLE bus is the MOST economical! On this bus your are allowed to get off to hike... More
Alaska/ Denali has been my summer destination for the last 26 years. There are two types of concessionary buses going into the park. The SHUTTLE bus is the MOST economical! On this bus your are allowed to get off to hike at any point as long as no wildlife has been spotted within 1/2 mile. After the hike, flag down the next shuttle bus going your direction and continue your trip (seats must be available). You can also change buses. If you pass a spot/ animal sighting and you would like to take a longer look...have your driver flag down the next bus going your way and hop on (seats must be available). Your ticket is good for the day. We like to take the shuttle to Eielson as we feel animal sighting past that point are slim. Usually your bus will allow about 30 minutes at Eielson, but you can always catch another bus back and stay longer for a ranger led hike! However; I have been to the end of the road and everyone should make that journey at least once! Tickets to Eielson run about $35.00 a day and you must supply your own food and water. Shuttle buses stop for animal/ landscape shots, but time is limited as the shuttle must stay on schedule. Drivers will NOT let you off to take photos!!!! If you love wildlife and fabulous scenery, the time on the shuttle will pass very quickly!!!! The Tour Bus is the second choice, but can be very pricey! This is over $100.00 a day! You must stay with this driver all day. They do supply you some type of food and drink for the day. Your bus has drop down screens to allow you a closer view of the animals (the driver has a scope/ camera that feeds pictures to the drop screens). This bus only goes to mile 62! Tour busses load first at the hotels and finally make there way to the Wilderness Access Center (WAC) for the final loading. If you catch it at the WAC, you will most likely end up in a back seat! If you choose the tour, I would highly suggest you only consider the Tundra Wilderness Tour!!!!!! I have not heard good thing about the HISTORY tour! Wishing you a fabulous visit to Alaska!