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Denali National Park, Alaska, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to Denali National Park?

You should plan to spend around $218 per day on your vacation in Denali National Park. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $57 on meals
  • $76 on local transportation
  • $232 on hotels

A one week trip to Denali National Park for two people costs, on average, $3,054. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Denali National Park cost?

A one week trip to Denali National Park usually costs around $1,527 for one person and $3,054 for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Denali National Park on average costs around $3,054 for one person and $6,108 for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Denali National Park will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Denali National Park on average costs around $6,544 for one person and $13,088 for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Denali National Park has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Denali National Park expensive to visit?

Prices in Denali National Park are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within North America, which is known to be an expensive region, Denali National Park is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Denver or Sonoma.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Denali National Park Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Denali National Park?

The average Denali National Park trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Denali National Park travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $232
Local Transportation 1 $76
Food 2 $57
Entertainment 1 $30
Alcohol 2 $6 - 18
Accommodation Budget in Denali National Park
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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Denali National Park is $116. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Denali National Park is $232. This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

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Transportation Budget in Denali National Park
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Denali National Park is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $76 per person, per day, on local transportation in Denali National Park.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Food Budget in Denali National Park
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Denali National Park can vary, the average cost of food in Denali National Park is $57 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Denali National Park should cost around $23 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Denali National Park is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Denali National Park
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  • Entertainment and activities in Denali National Park typically cost an average of $30 per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Denali National Park
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  • The average person spends about $12 on alcoholic beverages in Denali National Park per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Denali National Park On a Budget
Denali National Park Denali, also known as Mount McKinley, is the highest mountain in the United States at 20,310 feet (6,190.5 m).
There is a place in Alaska, 240 miles wide, where you can be a part of the wild frontier. The expansive and untouched area of Denali National Park welcomes thousands of visitors ever year with stunning natural wonders and incredible wildlife like grizzly bears, wolves, moose, caribou and more.

As home to North America's tallest peak, Denali has attracted nature adventurers from all over the world. Established in 1917 as wildlife refuge, Denali National Park contains areas of tundra and taiga. Taiga zones are covered in evergreen, spruce and aspen trees, while tundra zones are full of miniaturized versions of the plants including flowers, mosses and shrubs.

Remember that the weather changes without warning in Denali. It is a well known to the locals that you can expect sun, wind, rain and clouds in the same day. Pack accordingly.
The Denali National Park is quite large. The entire region is worth looking at, so selecting certain sights is difficult, but here are just a few.

Begin your adventure at the Denali Visitor Center. Watch an informative film about the park and then join your ranger-led trail walk. During the summer months, the visitor center gives sled dog demonstrations to visitors. Keep in mind; you must take a shuttle to reach the visitor center.

The Savage River is a beautiful spot that most visitors reach, as it's the point where private vehicles are no longer permitted. There are several trails on both sides of the river for visitors to stroll and take in the natural beauty.

The Polychrome Pass is an area filled with stunning multi-colored bluffs unlike anything you've ever seen. With amazing views of the Alaska Range, this area provides amazing opportunities of beautiful photography at night. A shuttle takes visitors there once a day.

Stop at the Eielson Visitor Center for one of the most dramatic views of the mountain. Pray for a day with no clouds for a better, more clear view of Denali.

Another photography favorite is Wonder Lake. Located at the bas of the mountain, this area is gorgeous and just ready for photos. Be sure to snap a picture of Reflection Pond on the east side of the lake.
The park is split into three units. Denali Wilderness is made up of the original park and was meant to maintain the undeveloped wilderness. There is no hunting allowed in this region of the park.

The Denali National Park section contains some of the 1980s additions and allows for some subsistence hunting.

The Denali National Preserve is home to the two areas of the park with subsistence and sport hunting. Be sure to get your permits.

The easiest way to see the entire park is by bus tour. Look for privately operated tours. This option is perfect for budget travellers and groups who want to see as much of the park as possible.

There are lots of trails for the adventurous hikers, but take the risk and find your own path. Backpacking through the park is completely possible and well worth it for those who love the great outdoors. Remember that permits are required for all overnight stays. They are available at the Backcountry Information Center, but there are limits to how many people can camp at any give time so get your permits in advance.

Denali is one of the most challenging climbs in the world – even for the avid climber. There is only one route up the mountain, the West Buttress, and it's completely accessible by fit and experienced climbers. You must register with the park service at least 60 days in advance.

And if a little cold water doesn't bother you, give the whitewater rafting a try. The two different two-hour trips are available at the Nenana River. Note, though, this water isn't just cold – it's near freezing.
Food and Dining
There are several bars and restaurants outside of the park entrance with plenty to eat and drink. While you're in Alaska, don't miss out on the seafood – especially the salmon!

Inside the park, there aren't any restaurants, but there is the Riley Creek Mercantile. Here you can stock up on small food items and supplies.

Park Road is 92 miles of unpaved road, and is the only vehicle access into the park. Keep in mind the road is closed to private vehicles at mile 14. Beyond that, the only travel allowed is park shuttle buses or bicycle. Mountain bikes are also a great option, but the unpaved roads can prove to be quite a challenge.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.