Highlights of a trip to Denali National Park in Alaska

Friday, 4 January 2015 2:46 PM

If you are currently searching for tours to the USA that are tailored towards solo travellers, consider going on a trip to Alaska. The stunning state is perfect if you love to be in the great outdoors, soaking up fresh air and getting stuck into activities.

One of the best parts of a holiday to Alaska will no doubt be visiting the Denali National Park, and this is where singles holidays by Trek America prove to be a good option. When it comes to exploring this stunning corner of Alaska, you will want to avoid the large crowds and instead discover what it has to offer on a more intimate basis.

With just a dozen or so people in your group, you can cover more ground, as you won't need to wait for large numbers of people to get on and off the bus. Hanging around always eats into exploration time, and you'll find with a small number of like-minded individuals on your tour, you can see as much of Denali National Park as possible.

First and foremost, you should keep an eye out for its spectacular wildlife. With 14 species of fish, 39 varieties of mammal and 169 types of bird, you should easily catch a glimpse of several creatures. Bull moose, arctic ground squirrel, grizzly bear and caribou all call the national park home.

In fact, Denali National Park was originally called Mount McKinley when it was established in 1917 to protect the mammals that live here, although many people assume it was created in tribute to the majestic peak of the same name.

Aside from wildlife spotting, enjoying spectacular views of Mount McKinley will be another highlight of your holiday to Alaska. This is the tallest mountain in North America, standing at more than 20, 320 ft. Interestingly, the peak grows each year as a result of tectonic activity pushing the ground upwards.

One of the best ways to see the mountain from a variety of angles is to hike across the landscape. Many trails are close to the park's entrance, but some can be found a lot further into the area. One such route is the Savage Alpine Trail, which stretches for 4 miles between the Mountain Vista Trailhead and the Savage River. You'll walk through alpine meadows and rock fields, giving you a good chance to catch a glimpse of some of Denali's wildlife, as well as its flowers.

There's also the Savage River Canyon Trail, which takes you along the banks of the waterway. For a hike that's a bit more challenging, you can head off the route and go uphill, providing you with fantastic views of Mount McKinley on a clear day.

Of course, there are many more activities to take part in here aside from hiking. Mountaineering, cycling and fishing can all be enjoyed, while if you come in winter, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing are on offer.

Another highlight of exploring the Denali National Park is seeing the sled dogs. They are the only ones of their kind in the entire US that help to protect the wildlife and wilderness of the national park, and this is a role they have fulfilled since the reserve's establishment.

During your time here, you can follow the dogs with the aid of one of the special maps available from the visitors' centre, which really is a unique experience.

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