How long will you be at Denali? If you are there for 3 nights, I strongly suggest Tek campground but you can only drive there once and return once. Otherwise your RV stays parked at the campground. But you can buy a "tek pass" (see another thread on the first page of this forum about that) which allows access for your entire stay to all the shuttle buses.
Tecbnically you need to book for 3 nights at Tek, but in practice you could leave after 2 nights if you wanted.
In Seward, it sounds like the city campground right on the water is an ideal spot. I will be tent camping there next week for the first time, though I did see the campground on previous visits.
I'd definitely go for Tek.
Didn't stay at Riley so don't know for sure but at Savage I found that closely spaced campsites are closely spaced campsites. I think the ones on the loop to the left as you come into Savage may have more isolation but in any event I'm not sure what benefits there may be by being only 13 miles into the park outweigh the loss of convenience Riley offers.
1st choice for me would be Tek, then Riley Creek and then if you are outside the Park, Grizzly Bear. :)
I echo all of the above.........if you have 3 nights stay at TEK. We will be there again this year and it's one of the highlights of my trips. I love venturing out right from the campground and following the river.
If you only have 2 nights go ahead and pay for 3 at Tek and then leave after the second night. Well worth paying the extra.
I highly recommend the book "Traveler's Guide to Alaskan Camping: Alaska and Yukon Camping with RV or Tent" for the best references of Alaska campgrounds. You can purchase this book via Amazon.com. We found their reviews very realistic.
We enjoyed camping at Tek last August. It is quiet
and scenic. You just have to be careful about using
your water! We rode the shuttle bus 2 days & did
a little hiking, but mostly sight seeing.
In Seward, we camped at the city campground. We had
a 'front row' site and it is indeed beautiful. The
RV's are quite close together but we had no problems
with any noise. It was convenient to walk around
Have a fun and safe trip!
Thank you for all of the input. We will be staying at Tek due to all of the positive input.
We will be in Alaska for 12 days. May I have opinions as to how many days would be appropriate for Denali and also for Seward? Also, is it a one-day drive from Seward to Denali, or should we allow time for exploring along the way?
Depends entirely on what activities you have planned.
"is it a one-day drive from Seward to Denali, or should we allow time for exploring along the way"
You can do it in a day, but it is a long drive (7 to 8 hrs without stops) and there is lots to see and do along the way.
I'd suggest you break it into 2 days, overnighting maybe at scenic Hatcher Pass/Indpendence Mine just north of Palmer (I assume you like hiking?)
Yes, hiking and birding. Thank you!
If you love birds, take a break at Potter's Marsh just on the southern outskirts of Anchorage.
Also, today we came back from Hope & on both the way down & back we counted 2 dozen bald eagles on the mudflats & inair by Seward Hwy. about mile 80- 85 near Placer Ck. It could be from the remnants of the hooligan run.
In Denali, look carefully on the north side of Highway Pass & south side of Thorofare Pass for the long tailed jaegers. Their hover hunting is amazing to see.