Most visitors see Denali National Park from a bus window and a few scenic overlooks. There’s nothing wrong with that per se — it’s one of the most accessible ways to see extremely remote and rugged land. But if you are willing to get out into the wild, you’ll be one of the only ones to do so.
To maximize your time spent in the wilderness, park at the Denali National Park visitor center or take a shuttle there, and just go. There are 13 marked trails around this area, plus the wide-open spaces you’re welcome to. This suggested itinerary is one of the best ways to spend a summer day in Denali’s breathtaking wilderness. Start early, pack a light jacket in case of wind or rain, and wear your best hiking boots. This is going to be a day to remember.