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Talkeetna: Grand Denali Flight Tour with Optional Landing

1. Talkeetna: Grand Denali Flight Tour with Optional Landing

Get picked up in Talkeetna and head to the newly constructed lodge-style, timber-framed office. Check in and enjoy coffee, tea, or hot cocoa by the fireplace and enjoy a short flight video.  Then get ready to board and listen to a safety briefing from your expert pilot. Hear stories from your pilot as you take off towards the Alaska Range and enjoy stunning views as each guest will get a window seat.   Fly over Susitna Valley where you may spot moose and bears. Enter the Alaska Range and head up the Tokisitna Glacier. Then go west to view the impressive Kahiltna Glacier, the longest in Denali National Park.  The flight will then head northeast behind Mt. Hunter, passing the impressive Mt. Foraker. Fly around Denali at Mt. Silverstone and down to the North Fork Glacier.  See the famous peak called the Moose’s Tooth before heading into the Sheldon Amphitheater and over Ruth Glacier and through the Great Gorge. Add a glacier landing to make it even more memorable.

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Healy: Denali Aurora Quest

2. Healy: Denali Aurora Quest

Search the skies for the Northern Lights on a 3-hour guided tour in the Denali area. The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) are one of the world's most spectacular natural phenomenons, and Alaska is one of the best places in the world for viewing. Get picked up from your Healy area accommodation in a 15-passenger, climate-controlled van. Journey away from the lights of town in search for the Northern Lights. The area around Denali makes an ideal spot for stargazing and catching the sometimes elusive Aurora Borealis. Your Alaskan guide will provide commentary and conversation on the area's unique history, formidable climate, dynamic geography, separate scientific facts and fictional myth as you travel to various spots to get the best view.  At each predetermined viewing area, take an opportunity to step outside and stretch your legs, sip a warm complimentary drink, and learn how the Lights are the result of collisions between gaseous particles in the Earth's atmosphere. This bucket list experience will provide multiple photo opportunities with your local guide providing pointers to really capture the moment. The Northern Lights are visible only during the winter months (September to April) and sightings are not guaranteed.

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Denali: Highway Jeep Excursion

3. Denali: Highway Jeep Excursion

Begin a guided and narrated 100-mile round trip Jeep excursion along a gravel road flanked by snow-capped mountains, icy glaciers, and panoramic vistas. The Denali Highway, once the gateway to Denali National Park is the drive of a lifetime.  Climb aboard a new, 4-door Jeep which hugs the dirt road, while comfortably seating 4 adults who can trade off driving. Each Jeep has a CB radio for communicating with the guide so stops can be made whenever desired. As driving the Denali Highway is prohibited by most rental vehicle companies, this exclusive excursion provides access to more of Alaska's spectacular scenery and wildlife & is a great alternative to crowded bus trips. The tour lasts approximately 4 hours.

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Healy: Denali Backcountry Safari

4. Healy: Denali Backcountry Safari

You and a small group of fellow adventurers will ride aboard a rugged 6-wheel drive army truck on a spectacular off-road journey into Denali’s backcountry. Your adventure begins near the entrance to Denali National Park, where you meet your driver-guide and head deep into the Alaskan bush. Your destination is the Stampede Trail. Not shown on most maps, this forgotten road was carved out of the wilderness by the early miners of the Kantishna region, seeking gold and antimony. The Stampede Trail gained notoriety in 1996 from the best-selling novel “Into The Wild” by Jon Krakauer, and subsequently, from the critically acclaimed motion picture directed by Sean Penn. This is the very same trail that Christopher McCandless, subject of the book and movie, took to enter the wilds of Alaska. The first few miles of the Stampede Road are paved, but beyond this point, your guide will take you along a very primitive trail with plenty of bumps, mud, and off-road 6x6 adventure. Your guide will explain the area’s rich history, point out interesting sights along the way, and allow ample time to view and explore the open tundra. On a clear day, you may have the opportunity to see Denali (formerly Mount McKinley) from a viewpoint along the trail. Also, be prepared for possible wildlife sightings - this is prime habitat for moose, caribou, bears, foxes as well as a multitude of smaller critters. You’ll enjoy a hearty Alaskan snack before winding your way back to civilization with exciting stories and photos to share.

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Alaska: 7-Day Brown Bear and Denali National Park Adventure

5. Alaska: 7-Day Brown Bear and Denali National Park Adventure

Day 1: Anchorage to Wildlife and Alyeska Resort Start off with your guide picking you up in Anchorage and begin your adventure. Head to the first stop at the Caribou and Musk Ox Farms in Palmer to get up close and personal with Alaskan animals. Feed and pet caribou and get up close to a moose. Then, go to the beautiful Alyeska Resort to take a tram ride to the top of the ski lift for beautiful scenic views. Day 2: Flightseeing and Bear Viewing Spend a day flying through over the Alaskan landscape and watching brown bears. The pilot will stop at areas where brown bears have been sighted, providing guests with up-close picture taking opportunities. In June, guests will see brown bears in their breeding areas while July guests will be able to see the world-renowned brown bears fishing at Brooks Falls. Spot bears fishing for salmon, digging for clams, playing with each other, nursing, or simply enjoying a nap in the sun. Day 3: Free Day in Girdwood Customize this day however you like. Book activities of your own choosing before your trip or you can request the assistance of your local guide at an extra cost.  Day 4: Girdwood to Denali National Park and Preserve Make your way Denali and stop for scenic views and picture-taking opportunities along the way. Your guide will tell you about Alaskan history as you drive through the countryside. Upon arrival at Denali, you will have the opportunity to explore the town and find a place to have dinner. Get suggestions for local restaurants from your guide before you get there. Day 5: Free Day in Denali National Park and Preserve Spend this day exploring at your own pace. Be prepared and book activities in advance or request assistance from your guide for an extra fee. Day 6: Guided Wildlife Tour through Denali National Park and Preserve Your guide will help you and your small tour group find the many wild animals who call Denali home. Be on the lookout for grizzly bears, caribou, Dall's sheep, golden eagle, and moose. You may also get to see the tallest peak in North America, Denali. Day 7: Sled Dogs and Return to Anchorage See the sled dogs at work in Denali National Park. Learn how they are used in the winter to pull heavy loads of supplies to national park staff for research projects. Upon the return to Anchorage, enjoy a stop in Talkeetna for lunch and an optional train ride to Anchorage. Should you choose not to take the train back to Anchorage, you can still continue on in the van with your guide.

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What people are saying about Denali National Park and Preserve

We enjoyed the tour. Our guide was very friendly and positive, took us to his favorite spot where the view of Aurora Borealis was really spectacular. He even took pictures for us as not all cameras are friendly to take night shots. We highly recommend Healy Denali Aurora Quest tour to all.

Jeff was fantastic. We would enjoy any trip he guides. Jeep’s were in great shape and it was easy to tour in using the CB system. Great tour and even better pictures. Thx from Rocky Top, the Orange Jeep from TN.

Jordan was a great guide. We had a KP index of 1 and we still able to see the Northern Lights. Jordan moved to different areas to make sure we were able to see them. Thank you Jordan!

Great tour of Old Denali Highway. Beautiful views of vistas and lakes and Denali.

Rachael was suburb. She was very knowledgeable and caring we had a great time!