Eat: All meals – Creekside Cafe (we ate breakfast and dinner there; they also provide sack lunches perfect for days spent hiking in the park)
Eat: Prospectors Pizzeria & Alehouse (49 beers on tap as well as unique pizza toppings such as elk and reindeer – need we say more?)
Do: Any shuttle bus ride into the park (we opted for an early morning ride to Eielson Visitor Center – 66 miles into the park – wonderful views of Mt. McKinley, weather permitting). Great wildlife viewing opportunities the entire trip. Note: Our bus driver Craig L. was a fantastic tour guide.
Do: Eielson Alpine Trail (1.6 miles; 1,100 ft elevation gain) and Savage Alpine Trail (4 miles; 1,500 ft gain). Both hikes are well worth the challenge for their spectacular vistas of the park).
See: Sled dog demonstration (3 times per day, free of charge). Meet the dogs and rangers who patrol the park in the winter.
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