National Treasures: Touring America’s National Parks on a Beer Adventure

Denali, Fall Morning // Photo by Tim Rains, NPS

Denali, Fall Morning // Photo by Tim Rains, NPS

Denali National Park

Founded:

Solitude, tranquility, and wilderness await you at Denali National Park. The 98-year-old park encompasses 6 million acres (yes, you read that right) and is a mix of forest, tundra, mountains, and glaciers.

Things To Do:

The park is home to the tallest mountain in North America, Mount McKinley (also known as Denali). The best way to get a peek at the 20,320-foot mountain is by jumping on a shuttle or tour bus that goes along the 90-mile Denali Park Road. But the most dramatic way to take in the park is from the window of a small aircraft soaring over gentle foothills, along meandering glaciers, and up to the rugged peaks of the Alaska Range.

Where To Stay:

With just 33 campsites the Savage Campground is the smallest campground in Denali National Park. The seclusion and views of Mount McKinley are the exact reasons why we’d stay here. The forested campground offers privacy between sites and ample opportunity to see wildlife meandering through the campground.

Breweries:

If you find yourself in Alaska in the summer months, make it a mission to visit 49th State Brewing Company for their annual Summer Solstice Party that includes a post-midnight live show in the natural lighting of the midnight sun. Whether you make it for the party or not, 49th State always has something delightful pouring from the 12 taps in the taproom. Craving a cheeseburger after a few days bumming around Denali? The full-service restaurant attached to the brewery specializes in beer pairings and locally sourced proteins—including yak and reindeer. Other Alaskan breweries (relatively) nearby: Hoodoo Brewing Company, Denali Brewing Company, Last Frontier Brewing Company, Arkose Brewery, Glacier Brewhouse, and “America’s Most Northern Brewery” Silver Gulch Brewing.

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