Destination guide

See the Aurora Borealis in Denali National Park

The majestic, snow-covered peaks of Denali provide a lavish welcome to visitors at Denali National Park. The highest peak in North America, it is the centerpiece for this incredible wilderness that throbs with life. Denali National Park vacation rentals are cozy places to warm up after a winter afternoon snowshoeing through freshly fallen snow, or spending an evening by the river, watching the magical Aurora Borealis dancing and flickering across the starry night sky. In summer, you can explore the vast arctic tundra and boreal forest, keeping a lookout for massive gangly moose, elegant caribou and grizzly bears lumbering along.

Things to do

Sled dogs in Denali National Park

The options for exploring Denali National Park are many and varied. You can hike through the woods by yourself, or join a tour led by a ranger, who will help you engage all your senses in appreciating this wonderful wilderness. The famous sled dogs of Alaska can be seen in action at live mushing demonstrations that showcase this ancient, traditional mode of travel. Denali National Park vacation rentals are close to bus routes through the park, making it easy to join bus tours that will afford you the best chance to see wildlife, including grizzly bears, Dall sheep and moose.

Activities

Wildlife abounds in Denali National Park

From the snow-crowned mountain peaks to the arctic tundra carpeted in summer flowers, Denali National Park is a magical place to visit any time of year. With 130 unique bird species and 37 mammal species calling this beautiful park home, the possibilities for bird and wildlife sightings are endless. In winter, the snow-covered tundra is a magical place for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and even, on hard-packed trails, cycling. Denali National Park vacation rentals provide welcoming places to warm up by the fire, after long hikes in the woods or rafting down the rushing river.

Weather

Long winters and short summers in Denali National Park

Known for its long, harsh winters and short but beautiful summers, Denali National Park is a magical place throughout the year. Subject to 2 different climate zones, Denali National Park is warmer in the northern continental climate zone, and cooler in the southern transitional maritime zone, while the Alaskan Range of mountains has its own weather system and endures some of the most volatile weather in the world. Summer is short, with hot days and cold nights, while winters can be brutal with temperatures ranging between -50 and 11 degrees. Visit in summer for hiking and winter for snow sports.

Natural features

Taiga forest and alpine tundra in Denali National Park

Covering more than 6 million acres of taiga forest, majestic snow-covered mountains and high alpine tundra, Denali National Park is a wild expanse of spellbinding beauty and a soul-nourishing solitude that draws visitors from around the world. Situated south of Fairbanks and north of Anchorage, it is accessed by only one 92-mile, mostly gravel, road that runs from east to west through dense forest and precipitous mountain passes. As you drive, you may spot numerous species that thrive in this park, from massive grizzly bears and elegant caribou, to gangly moose and cute collared pika, scrambling among the alpine rocks.

Where to stay around Denali National Park, US?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 60 vacation rentals near Denali National Park. From 26 cabin rentals to 14 house rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Denali National Park for a holiday or a weekend are on Vrbo.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Denali National Park?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Denali National Park. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Talkeetna: 80 vacation rentals
  • Healy: 49 vacation rentals
  • Willow: 145 vacation rentals
  • McKinley Park: 49 vacation rentals
  • Trapper Creek: 79 vacation rentals

And Vrbo offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Denali National Park! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Denali National Park?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Denali National Park:

  • Talkeetna: 80 rentals
  • Healy: 49 rentals
  • Willow: 145 rentals
  • McKinley Park: 49 rentals
  • Trapper Creek: 79 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Denali National Park?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Denali National Park are:

  • Healy River Airport (HKB): 53 vacation rentals
  • Talkeetna Airport (TKA): 76 vacation rentals
  • McKinley National Park Airport (MCL): 51 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Denali National Park?

Vrbo offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Denali National Park. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Denali National Park Visitors Center: 51 rentals
  • Wilderness Access Center: 51 rentals
  • Talkeetna Riverfront Park: 76 rentals
  • Talkeetna Station: 76 rentals
  • Black Diamond Golf Course: 53 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Denali National Park listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.