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Fog settles over the mountains in Denali, Alaska.

Alaska: A packing list

See the thing is, weather here can change on a dime, and to extremes.  That’s why packing layers helps you in defending against these weather swings.  Remember, Alaska is a big place, and most visitors’ trips here take them through the many micro-climates and varying weather during the time they are here.

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Northern lights in Denali, Alaska.

What are the Northern Lights?

Coming in June and July will prove fruitless in your journey to see the lights, because there won’t be any occasions where it’s dark enough for this to happen. The best time is the dead of winter, and heading as far north as possible, but for those unwilling or unable to venture to Alaska during it most unforgiving and brutal winter months, consider September through October.

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The Denali apenglow casts a redish light on the mountains.

When to Visit Denali

This time of year has the most reliable warm weather, and approaching solstice (late June) has maximized days of sunlight that for most people will be a once in a lifetime experience! 

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Fireweed grows in the shadow of mountains.,

Our 5 Favorite Trails in Denali

The trail has steps built into it that will allow for easier treks during the descent and ascent. Once you get to the bottom, you will find yourself hiking the shoreline of a beautiful blue body of water, inhabited by beavers, moose, birds of all variety, and even the occasional bear.

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A rainbow is visilbe over the boreal forest in Denali, Alaska.

Denali’s Top 5 Hidden Gems

The reality is that both inside the park and outside of it there are so many things tucked away into corners you can’t see from the road and would never find in visitor’s guidebooks.

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Blueberries growing in Denali, Alaska.

Denali’s Top 5 Must Find Flora

This purple blossom has been used by cultures throughout history as a deadly poison and paralytic. Some say that its even what caused Cleopatras early end. If you see it on trail, take care not touch.

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