Alaska Cruise from Vancouver

Q: Does a 7 day cruise from Vancouver to Alaska return to Vancouver?

A: There are two types of cruises, Inside Passage cruises and Gulf of Alaska cruises. Inside Passage cruises are round trip out of Vancouver and generally visit Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Glacier Bay. The Gulf of Alaska cruises are one way, start in Vancouver and visit the same ports but continue onto either Seward or Whittier. The benefit of the one way cruise is that you can add a land package that allows you to visit Denali National Park. Alaska is a big state so you don’t get the whole experience by visiting only Southeast Alaska.

Denali Bus Reservations

Q: Do you recommend already booking a shuttle tour in Denali for the end of June?

A: If you plan to go on one of the shuttles that run all day, such as the Denali shuttle bus to the Eielson Visitor Center then you can wait until it is closer to your travel date to book. However, this shuttle is geared towards backpackers and hikers and there will be no narration because it is just transportation in and out of the park. If you are interested in one of the narrated full day bus tours into the park, such as the Kantishna Wilderness Trails Tour, you will need to book that as soon as possible because this tour does sell out on a regular basis during late June.

Denali Day Tour

Q: Can a day tour be done from Anchorage to Denali and back to Anchorage?

A: Unfortunately that is not really a possibility because Denali is 237 miles from Anchorage. Drive time is about five hours and it takes eight hours to get from Anchorage to Denali by rail. If you would like to visit Denali, I would suggest staying at least one night. Most tour packages to Denali include two nights so that you can enjoy a full day tour into Denali National Park.

September Tours in Denali

Q: Can I drive to the entrance of Denali National Park and take a one day bus tour in and out of the park in the middle of September without making a reservation in advance?

A: Mid-September is the shoulder season so less busy, however because the tours do sell out we recommend booking in advance to ensure a seat. The last day for the half day tour into Denali National Park is September 17th. Please note this tour only goes 33 miles into the park after September 11th. To really see the park you want to be able to visit before September 11th so you can go farther in.

Transportation between Anchorage and Denali

Q: What is the cost to get to Denali from Anchorage?

A: The Park Connection Motorcoach runs 2 daily services from Anchorage to Denali. The morning departure is $80 and the afternoon departure is $90. The railroad offers multiple classes of service and departs once daily from Anchorage at 8:15am. The Standard Class is $150 per adult and the Gold Star Dome service is $235 per adult. You can also book the McKinley Explorer Rail, which is very similar to the Gold Star Dome but at a lesser cost of $218.00 per adult.

Anchorage or Fairbanks?

Q: Which city would be the best to fly to and use as a hub to visit Alaska – Fairbanks or Anchorage?

A: Anchorage offers a wider variety of airlines and flight options and therefore often leads to cheaper airfares. One option would be to fly into Fairbanks and fly out of Anchorage or vice versa. This leads to less “backtracking” and most airfares now are based on one way fares rather than offering discounts for traveling roundtrip! We have vacation packages that begin in Fairbanks and end in Anchorage.

If you are looking to base yourself in one city and just do day trips I would recommend flying in and out of Anchorage.

Kantishna Tour in Denali Park

Q: We would like to take the tour all the way to Kantishna to see the full length of the road in Denali National Park but are concerned about spending twelve hours on a bus. Are there any shorter trips to Kantishna?

A: I would recommend taking the tour to Kantishna and then flying back to Denali on a scenic flight with Kantishna Air. This allows you to experience Denali National Park from the ground and the air as well.

Kantishna Roadhouse

Q: Can you make reservations at the Kantishna Roadhouse for 2 nights, with transportation?

A: We can certainly assist you with reservations at the Kantishna Roadhouse. Transportation to and from the lodge through Denali National Park is provided with the cost of your stay. Adequate parking is available at the Denali Park entrance where the Kantishna Roadhouse bus will pick up.

Denali Bus Tours

Q: Are there any Denali bus tours that have a restroom located on the bus?

A: There are not any bus tours in the park that have restrooms on board. The tours do stop every 1-1 ½ hours for restroom breaks.

Bike Transportation to Denali

Q: Are any of your buses equipped to transport fully assembled bicycles from Anchorage to Denali Park?

A: Our Park Connection Motorcoach service can transport fully assembled bicycles, however there is a $50 fee and it is based on luggage space available. If you plan on traveling to Denali with a bike you will need to book in advance and be sure to have the bike transportation noted on your reservation.

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