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This is Scott Slone, thanks for tuning into the Alaska Travelgram Show! Scott McMurren and Erin Kirkland are good friends and always enjoy trading travel stories. I’ve put together a few show notes in hopes to help you plan your next great Alaska adventure!
The Denali Highway
The Denali Highway is one of my favorite destinations to wrap up my summer. If you’re a fan of wide open spaces, wildlife and getting away from the summer traffic, then this is for you!
The Denali Highway opened in 1957 as the first road access to Denali National Park (then known as Mount McKinley National Park). Since 1971, primary park access has been via the Parks Highway, which incorporated a section of the Denali Highway from Cantwell to the present-day park entrance.
Learn more about the highway from our friends at the Alaska BLM:
The highway is best traveled last week of August and the first week of September. We’ve found the road to be freshly graded, wildlife like moose and caribou are very active and fall colors are in their prime. Anyone traveling the Denali Highway should plan to spend at least 3-4 days to allow time for all the grand views, camping, fishing, wildlife viewing and hiking opportunities.
Recommended Tour Operators and Lodging
While this is a favorite local destination, Rental car and RV companies don’t allow their vehicles to travel the highway. Fortunately there are two tour operators I recommend for experiencing this Highway.
- Planet Earth Adventures
Small Group Alaska Wilderness & Adventure Tours
- Sixtyone North
Alaska Photo Tours
- Alpine Creek Lodge
This summer Professional Photographer David Taylor and myself traveled out to the Pribilof Islands to visit St.George and explore this island located in the middle of the Bering Sea. We were both amazed at the huge opportunities this small corner of Alaska had to offer! Here’s a blog entry from David about our adventure out to St.George.
Transportation and Guides