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7 hour bus tour into Denali National Park

On our tour we took the 7 hour bus ride into Denali! You don’t realize how awe inspiring this park... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
nbe0511
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Collegeville, Pennsylvania
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An absolute must when visiting Alaska!

Only the first 14 miles of the road into Denali is open to private vehicles. Beyond that, you must... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Kathi T
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On our tour we took the 7 hour bus ride into Denali! You don’t realize how awe inspiring this park truly is! The mountains are so majestic. Unfortunately we went able to see Denali itself but the wildlife made up for it. Our guide was fantastic having over 20 years experience! Would recommend this tour to anyone!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Only the first 14 miles of the road into Denali is open to private vehicles. Beyond that, you must take a bus tour. Of note- ALL buses are school bus type buses. The seats are somewhat more comfortable, but the windows open the same, and you cannot leave the bus except for scheduled stops. If you see wildlife, the driver will stop, but everyone must stay aboard and take pictures out of the windows. Everyone on board our bus was gracious and allowed those from the opposite side access to their window when there was something to see. Anyway, there are a few options available. You can do either a "transit" tour, which is fully guided, or a "shuttle" tour, which is advertised as not guided. There is the Tundra Wilderness tour, which goes in as far as mile 66, to the Eielson Visitor Center. This is an 8-hour tour, and is the one we took. The Kantishna tour is a full 12 hours, which sounded a bit much to me. Our tour was a "shuttle" bus, and technically not a guided tour, but I can't imagine how much more information the guided tours would have given us. Our driver was fantastic, talked about everything we were seeing throughout the day, and stopped frequently as people spotted wildlife. I doubt the longer tour or the "guided" tour would have been better. We were fortunate enough to have excellent weather (not a guarantee in September), and we got clear views of Mt. Denali as well as the good fortune to see bears, moose, a fox, and even a Hawk Owl that someone spotted! Plus a real treat with a mama Lynx and her baby! Bear in mind (haha- no pun intended) that lunch is NOT included. A couple of the hotels offer pre-made box lunches, but they are expensive and not great sounding. We had brought a cooler along and had stocked up on food, so we packed sandwiches, bottled water and chips. Worked out great. The bus does make several stops, so there is an opportunity to use the restroom. You simply cannot go to Alaska and not see Denali, and you really can't see Denali without taking one of these tours. They are truly awesome!!!

2  Thank Kathi T
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It provides the opportunity to experience Denali more deeply. We saw over twenty bears, one of which strolled by our bus back and forth. Unforgettable experience! Take the bus shuttle, which is much cheaper than the bus tour.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We highly recommend the green bus tour of Denali. It is worth the 5 hour drive from Anchorage. Although the day was cloudy we were able to see a number of bear families, owls, caribou, deer, wolves and other smaller animals during the 8 hour drive through Denali. The driver was very informative and friendly. Bring your own lunch, snacks & drinks.There truly is nothing to purchase in the way of food during the drive. Originally we were going to skip going to the park but friends talked us into going. We stayed at a AirBnB called Jack's place about 30 mins from the park entrance, a great place if you prefer the experience of getting to know the local residents instead of a hotel.There are number of hotels and a nice size towns really close to the park. The drive up from Anchorage really puts you in touch with the land & its residents. There are many side trips if you have the time. I would allow yourself at least 2 nights 3 days travelling time. We will definitely go back and might even camp. Remember rain gear we were there the 3rd week in August.

Thank karen l
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Reviewed 4 October 2018

This is one of the worlds best national parks. We spent 2 days in Denali and it was just amazing. We took the bus tour and it was excellent. Using the buses is a brilliant way to manage the the way the park inferfaces with tourists. By restricting access to private cars past the checkpoint, the park does not suffer rubbish, car exhaust fumes, air pollution, and congestion.

Thank Mark_Blunden
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Reviewed 2 October 2018

This tour in rugged utility/military bus provides a very good overview of a jewel of a National Park. Fantastic info provided by an obviously well-trained tourguide/driver. This is a long tour (6 hr roundtrip). Highlight of tour was shared between bear sighting and superb view of Mt Denali from turnaround point.

Thank Jeff H
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Reviewed 2 October 2018

Natural history tour was good educational and little wild life. It was a sunny day and we could see Denali peak clearly. However we did not see much wild life. We heard from other people who took longer 8 hr tour that they saw much more wild life. It was not too tiring for kids.

Thank nidhirajgoel
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Reviewed 2 October 2018

Comfortable bus, driven by a knowledgeable driver. Wildlife is abundant, though, unfortunately, not for our bus. We were able to see one lonely caribou in the distance. we talked to some people who were in a bus earlier the same day who saw several moose, bear, and caribou, including a bear that was walking beside the road.Luck of the draw I guess. Beautiful country.

Thank Jane K
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Reviewed 30 September 2018

We did the Toklat shuttle bus tour. We saw a few animals- 2 bears, 2 caribou, an owl, and an eagle. Not bad, would've been nice to see more, but I know there's no guarantee on what you see. Scenery was nice, but 6 hours on a bus is a long time and can get a bit boring. If you like to be more active like myself, this might not be the activity for you. It is the only way to see Denali National Park however, so I would recommend doing it at least once in your lifetime, but not sure if I, myself would do it again.

Thank ashley758
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Reviewed 30 September 2018

Denali is amazing, but hard to see because you are not allowed to drive your car very far into the park. The all day park bus tour is the answer. The buses are reasonably comfortable and the driver/guides are great. They involve every passenger in the search for animals. We found 13 Grizzly bears, a golden eagle on her nest, and many other amazing animals.

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