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15 March 2015

Yukon and Alaska Bound Part 35. Homer Spit to Wasilla, and Wasilla to Denali National Park, Alaska



Drive through Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Drive through Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Homer Spit to Wasilla to Denali National Park, Alaska


On the 28th of July 2014 we said good bye to Homer. We could have stayed another few days there. It was relaxing and beautiful.

But off we went direction north and Anchorage. We had decided the night before to skip a trip to Seward. We wanted to have enough time in Denali National Park.

Drive through the Russian River Area
Drive through the Russian River Area

So we traveled leisurely back north on the Kenai Peninsula. The weather was from brilliant sunshine to heavy rain. We stopped at a few places. Again, Anchorage was just wet and raining cats and dogs. We continued to Big Bear RV Park in Wasilla, north of Anchrage. We set up camp in the rain.




Our Caravan leaving the Kenai Peninsula
Our Caravan leaving the Kenai Peninsula

On the 29th of July we were on the road early. On Highway #3 north we drove in dense fog. All of a sudden the fog lifted partially, and we had a few glimpses of the "Great One", Mount Denali, or as it was previously known, Mount McKinnley.
Driving North on the Park Highway # 3
Driving North on the Park Highway # 3

The drive to Denali National Park from the south is spectacular. We stopped at several view points and were just in aw.


We were all happy to see Denali in brilliant sunshine
We were all happy to see Denali in brilliant sunshine

Unfortunately the campground, Riley Creek at the entrance of the park was booked up. We drove about 15 km ( 9 miles ) north of the park entrance and checked in at the Denali RV Park and Motel for two nights.

Hansuli and Lisbeth
Hansuli and Lisbeth

Christian and Annemarie
Christian and Annemarie


Once we checked in we drove back to the Park entrance to book a guided tour for the next day. In Denali National Park one can only drive with personal cars the first 15 miles to Savage River.

The park access road actually goes 92 miles ( 150 km ) into the park all the way to Kantishna. We decided to take the bus from the entrance to Eielson about 66 miles ( 106 km ), about 8 hours drive. It will be an early morning tomorrow, we booked the 6am tour. More pictures from this part of the trip in album 1 and album 2.


Liz and Anders
Liz and Anders






Beautiful Drive on the Park Highway # 3 north toward Denali Nat. Park entrance
Beautiful Drive on the Park Highway # 3 north toward Denali Nat. Park entrance


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