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Take the Great Alaskan Railroad into the Alaskan Wilderness

Today, we took the great Alaskan Railroad train to Denali National Park to explore the Alaskan Wilderness.

Check in was 7.15 for an 8.15 departure. It took 7 and a half hours to arrive at the park entrance. There is only bus a day that goes into the wilderness – no other vehicles are allowed in the park – so we stayed overnight at Denali Cabins at the Park Entrance.

Must Do

Riding the Great Alaskan Railroad is a “must do” on a trip like this.  The train ride was long, but comfortable enough. I wouldn’t describe it as particularly scenic though.

Alaskan Wilderness Denali National Park Great Alaska Railroad
The Great Alaskan Railroad

Accommodation Review - Denali Cabins

Denali Cabins were a reasonable overnight stop, but pretty basic. There is very little choice in an area as remote as this though and it is convenient to stay on the outskirts of the National Park and get some rest before the journey into the Wilderness the next day.
Alaskan Wilderness Denali National Park Denali Cabins Our bedroom at Denali Cabins
Our bedroom at Denali Cabins

Foodie Firsts

The Kodiak beer was good – I like the marketing piece on the side of the can – “Like true Alaskans we are not afraid of the dark”. I had a pretty good Mac ‘n Cheese for dinner – comfort food at it’s best.
Alaskan Wilderness Denali National Park Kodiak Beer - True Alaskans aren't Afraid of the Dark
True Alaskans aren't Afraid of the Dark
The restaurant played a selection of 70’s music all might, which got my toes tapping. For the sake of the other residents, I managed to restrain myself from singing. It was a close call though … “I like piña colada and I like walks in the rain …