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    • Liza Prado recommended Denali National Park
      Denali National Park is a majestic place with huge expanses of wild lands, Mount McKinley (the tallest mountain in North America), and an amazing diversity of wildlife; when I was there, I saw dall ... read more
      sheep, moose, caribou, wolves, black bears, and eagles. It's an amazing part of the world. There also are lots of options for camping in Denali. I spent a week at Wonder Lake, with incredible views of Mt. McKinley about half the time. Reserve a spot early--they fill up fast! And, be sure to bring mosquito repellant, light colored clothing, and even a mosquito head net--the mosquitos and black flies can be brutal is some parts of the park, especially in the summertime.
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      Liza Prado

      I loved staying at Wonder Lake--the views of Mt. McKinley were breathtaking, almost impossibly beautiful.

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      Sara Benson recommended Denali National Park
      This park is so vast, you could visit it time and again and not get tired of it. We only had time on our last visit to drive the first 10 miles or so into the park, but even so we found great short ... read more
      hiking trails with incredible vistas. If you really want to see the park's iconic wildlife (megafauna), buy tickets (reservations recommended) to hop aboard the shuttle bus that travels the entire park road into its wilderness interior. Best time to visit may be summer, but we still had a great time right after Labor Day in early September.
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      Sara Benson

      During the busy summer season, you'll want to make shuttle bus reservations in advance. That's handled through a national park concessionaire business, not by the park or by park rangers. Here's a link to more information:

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      Travis Katz commented on this trip

      The park service runs both shuttle busses (unnarrated) and tour busses (narrated) through the park. My recommendation is to spend some time in the visitor center talking to the rangers and planning places you want to see. You can request the shuttle busses let you out and you can go off on a day hike, then come back and catch the bus. When we went, we got a back country permit, which allowed us to spend the night in different parts of the park rather than the campgrounds. If you are pretty comfortable with your backpacking skills, this is a really great way to experience the wilderness. We saw grizzly bears, a wolverine, bald eagles, moose and elk.

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