With 14 mountain ranges, more than three million lakes, nearly 22 million acres of national forest and 20 national parks, preserves and monuments, Alaska is most definitely one of the wildest places on earth. Add in the wildlife, wild seafood and wild adventure and you have the perfect vacation destination for the family that loves to experience nature and the outdoors.
One area that is especially known for its untouched wilderness is Denali National Park & Preserve. In the heart of the Alaskan Bush, Denali spans six million acres and is home to a large variety of wildlife, as well as North America’s tallest peak. Denali Park Village, just outside Denali National Park, is the best ‘home base’ destination for families to experience all things wild.
The wildlife at and around Denali Park Village is just one of the many qualities that make the area memorable. Kids will enjoy seeing grizzly bears, caribou, moose and Dall sheep just roaming the wonders of the park. There are also over 150 species of birds including arctic tern, American golden plover, arctic warbler, willow, ptarmigan, and golden eagles that can be spotted in Denali. The wildlife is best seen by taking one of the interpretive land tours, such as the Tundra Wilderness Tour, Denali Natural History Tour, Kantishna Experience Tour or Windows Into Wilderness Tour.
Also known for its seafood, especially wild salmon, Alaska is home to five different species of salmon: chinook, coho, chum, sockeye and pink salmon. Halibut, crab and rockfish are also in abundance and among the “wild” offerings in Alaska. The Cabin Nite Dinner Theater at Denali Park Village is known for the “all you can eat” Wild Alaskan Salmon Buffet as well as the true-to-life Gold Rush tale of adventure in early 1900s Alaska. It’s a great mix of colorful storytelling, spirited music and humor, brought to life by talented performers. It’s truly a treat for families with kids of all ages.
For families that seek outdoor adventure, Denali in particular, has a lot to offer. Visitors can participate in 3-4 hour guided hiking excursions that provide an in-depth view of the environmental, historical and scientific significance of Alaska’s awe-inspiring wilderness. There are also a variety of other ways to see and experience the wilderness including fly-fishing, ATV rides, safaris, rafting the Nenana and Husky Homestead dog-sledding tours.
If families can take the time to explore Denali National Park to the fullest, it is well worth their while. From the wildlife to the hiking, it’s an exhilarating experience for the whole family.
You haven’t experienced the outdoors until you’ve been to Denali Park Village!