When you tell your friends you’re going on a trip to Denali, the reaction will likely be a mix of awe, jealousy, and questions about where Denali actually is. When you tell them you’re going in winter, in a rented car, don’t be surprised if those reactions turn to utter confusion.
Yes, winter in Alaska presents a lot of challenges, but it also rewards you immensely for conquering them. A Denali road trip might sound daunting, but it’s actually easier than you might think. The trip from Anchorage to Denali National Park takes just around four hours, and pretty much follows a single highway. It sounds simple enough on paper, but there are several considerations you need to make before embarking on your journey — not only to ensure your safety, but also to truly maximize your time on the road and get the most out of the trip. From choosing your ride to sightseeing along the way, here’s everything you need to know about road-tripping to Denali in the winter.