Things to Do In and Around Denali National Park

We spent Labor Day weekend driving from Fairbanks to Denali National Park and then onto Anchorage before flying back to Seattle. Although this added some expense - one-way rental cars are not cheap! - I'm glad we did it this way so we had the opportunity to experience both cities and the very different experiences …

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Highlights of Anchorage, Alaska

We arrived in Anchorage, Alaska in the late afternoon after an incredible morning hiking in Denali National Park. We did some light exploring that evening and the following morning before catching our flight back to Seattle. When I researched things to do in Anchorage, most of the suggestions involved leaving town and heading to Denali, …

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Hiking the Mt. Healy Overlook Trail in Denali National Park

Our final morning in Denali National Park we decided to hike the Mt. Healy Overlook trail, a 5-mile, 1,700 feet of gain hike to a viewpoint at 3,500 feet. We added some mileage to our hike by starting the the Denali Visitor Center campus parking area and catching the Taiga Trail over to the Mt. …

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Hiking the Savage River Trail in Denali National Park

After we spent the morning exploring Fairbanks, we headed south for Denali National Park. By late afternoon, we were checking into the Denali Park Hotel, which is about 15 minutes north of the park entrance, just as a thundercrack split the sky. Storm clouds were gathering in the east but to the west, the sky …

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Washington Hikes: Panorama Point

We ended the month of July by completing our first (and likely last) summer season hike at Paradise in Mt. Rainier National Park. I've been so spoiled with the less traversed trails we've been tackling and forgot how distressing it is hiking around people who pay no attention to what they are doing, where they …

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