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2020 Summer Guide to Denali National Park

Updated: Sep 7, 2020

If you're an Alaskan, there has literally been NO better time to visit Denali National Park & Preserve than there is right now!! Here's our inside tips to planning a fun weekend from Anchorage or Fairbanks to Denali.

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Finish up your work week and leave it all behind!! If you're coming from Anchorage, you've got a 4 hr and 17 minute drive ahead of you! If you're heading here from Fairbanks, you've got 1 hr and 54 minutes of time to listen to podcasts on your way to Denali.

If you stay with us at Denali Hideaway, you're welcome to check in any time after 3 pm, with a no-contact check in. After you you book with us you'll receive an email with property directions and check-in information, including a private passcode to enter the rental property. No-contact check ins means that you are free to take your time on your drive here! It also means that all parties involved are being health-aware. Read more about our COVID-19 cleaning policy here.

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Wake up in our cozy, private VRBO property! While our property does not sport it's own kitchen, we provide a few necessities to make your mornings a little more convenient. We have a coffee maker, toaster, mini fridge and microwave ready to help you make a quick morning breakfast. If you feel like eating out, may we suggest Rose's Cafe? They have one of the best breakfasts in town!

After you've finished breakfast, you could stop by our local farmer's market! The Healy Farmers Market has lots of locally made products, including baked goods, canned goods, and craft fares.

Now you're ready to take a drive out into Denali National Park. Private vehicle access into Denali National Park is accessible this 2020 Summer Season ONLY, by permit. You can find out more information about this program here.

According to the National Parks Service Website, "As in years past, any visitor may drive to Savage River (Mile 15 of the Denali Park Road) in their own private, non-commercial vehicle; no reservation or permit is necessary. Visitors may drive to Savage any time of the day or night, although camping is only permitted in designated campgrounds, with a valid reservation."

You can also get a permit to drive to Eielson Visitor Center.

"Five weekends in summer 2020 will see a special opportunity for a limited number of private vehicles to purchase a permit to drive to Eielson Visitor Center (Mile 66)." (NPS Website.). Those weekends are:

  • July 10-12

  • July 24–26.

  • August 7–9

  • August 21–23

  • September 4–7

Check out THIS website for information on permits.

Check out THIS website to purchase a permit.

After you've explored in the park, you're going to need to get dinner! Here are a few of our favorite restaurants to hit up for dinner in the summertime.

After dinner, you'll be ready to head back to our clean, nearby hideaway. You'll be well rested and ready for your second day in Denali National Park!!

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Wake up well rested and ready to get back into Nature! With an 11 am checkout, you're free to rest up before squeezing out one more day of fun in the area.

Now that you've driven into Denali, it's time for an adventure!! Even on a summer that many things are closed down, there's still PLENTY of activities to choose from!! Plus, these Alaskan owned companies really appreciate your support in a year that the travel industry has been hit so hard. Alaskans are a lot of things. Tough. Adventurous. Independent.... but we've also got each other's backs.

Here's a small list of some of our favorite activity companies in or around Denali National Park:

New Wave Adventures: Book Here, See our Review Here

After you've adventured (and all of these tour companies offer photos for purchase to keep your social media looking as epic as you are) then you're still only a short drive from home.

We'd love to have you stay with us during your 2020 Denali National Park adventure!!

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