Sample Itinerary

Sample Itinerary

There's No Place More Wild, Rugged & Breathtakingly Beautiful

If you’ve never been to Denali National Park & Preserve, it’s helpful to have a plan to ensure you see and do it all. We’ve put together our favorite 3-4 day itinerary that celebrates the beauty and endless awe-inspiring views of some of the most pristine geography on earth.

Day of Arrival


Making your way - once you have chosen your mode of arrival your stay begins at Denali Park Village, in either a Lodge Room or a Cabin all to yourself, located seven miles south of the park entrance and nestled along the banks of the Nenana River.

Dinner - Cabin Nite Dinner Theatre

Set the stage for an unforgettable meal -  you’ll enjoy a night of fun, festivity and food! Get a taste of old-time Alaska at Alaska Cabin Nite Dinner Theatre – the popular dinner theater performed in an authentic, log-paneled roadhouse. Prior reservations are required. Transportation is provided.

Day 1


Eat at Gold Rush Dining Room - Open all day in the heart of the Denali Park Village to enjoy scrumptious morning breakfast buffets.

Bus Tour

A Tundra Wilderness Tour offers spectacular scenery and many opportunities for wildlife viewing which makes it one of the most popular way to experience and understand Denali National Park.  This 7 to 8 hour tour takes you 54 miles into the Park, within 30 miles of Denali where on a clear day you can view the entire mountain from base to summit. A light snack is provided

Coffee Break

After a scenic 7-hour bus tour indulge in some hot Alaskan brewed coffee at Quigley's Coffee Corner at The Lodge.


Roll on through Denali, rent a comfortable sports bike and enjoy Denali’s improved trail system. Arrange your rental at The Lodge front desk, or call 907.683.8900.


You’ve earned your appetite! After a blissful day you can unwind at The Lucky Miss Saloon, an authentic Alaska saloon set fireside in The Lodge offering inspired spirits and cozy casual eating.

Day 2


Gold Rush Dining Room - At the "center of it all" and all-day casual, offering bountiful buffets with plenty of options between food and brews. 

Guided Hike

Take a Hike of a Lifetime - Our 3 to 4 hour guided hikes provide an in-depth view of the environmental, historical and scientific significance of Alaska’s awe-inspiring wilderness. We have plenty of hikes for you to choose from, Triple Lakes Trail Interpretive Hike being the latest addition.

Grab a Bite to Eat

You’ve earned your appetite again - grab a bite to eat a The Shack in Miners Plaza for a great burger! And then for dessert, enjoy hand-made ice cream at Quigley's General Store! 

After a sumptuous meal, you can visit the Lucky Miss Saloon, a gathering place for friends old and new. Enjoy the "views and spirits" of Denali though creative cocktails, the best brews and inspired small plates.

Day 3


Sleep in and have a late breakfast at Gold Rush Dining Room before your mid-day rafting trip! 


Treat yourself to a rafting experience - Enjoy stunningly beautiful scenery and your choice of exciting whitewater rafting or a tranquil mild whitewater trip. This 3 to 4 hour rafting trip takes you on Class III and IV whitewater rafting down 11 miles of scenic canyon and gorge. Rafting on the glacially fed Nenana River is fantastic experience for all ages. Whichever trip you choose, you'll get to see a part of Alaska you can't explore any other way.

Relax & Dine

After an exciting 3 days you can unwind and dine at Gold Rush Dining Room, open all day in the heart of the Denali Park Village to enjoy scrumptious uniquely Alaskan offerings throughout the evening.

Day of Departure

Last chance to eat at the Gold Rush Dining Room or a quick grab-n-go item at Quigley's Coffee Corner in The Lodge. 

Before saying your goodbyes, bring a little bit of the park home with you! The gift shop offers great variety of authentic native Alaskan arts and crafts, souvenirs and much more. A perfect end to the perfect beginning.

While you’re planning your visit, be sure to check out our Alaska Specials & Packages - we're bound to have a deal that suits your interest!