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Things to do in McKinley Park

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Restaurant
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“Restaurant with almost too many options for pizza. I've never had a pizza here that I didn't like. The "Boreal Forest" pizza is delicious and so it the "Wilderness Tour".”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Wonderful restaurant with locally grown ingredients. Their flatbreads are great and so is the calamari. Honestly, everything they serve is delicious!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Café
“Stop for a visit and enjoy a local favorite! There’s great food, friendly service and a community feeling that will always make you feel welcome.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“The Denali Visitors Center is open from 8 am - 6 pm and is a wonderful place to gain knowledge about the ecosystem of Denali National Park. The movie "Heartbeats of Denali" is shown every hour on the top of the hour. It's also THE PLACE to go for any information about Denali.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bed & Breakfast
“This is such a WONDERFUL spot! The sweet Artisan Cafe is decked out with local artwork, full of lovely rustic treats and healthy lunch options, all tucked inside a gorgeous lodge. Enjoy the lake on a sunny afternoon or live music/entertainment one evening on the lawn (one of the only lush lawns in our area!). The upstairs great room is typically bustling with activity too so be sure to check out their calendar before you go, you might happen upon something fabulous like a yoga class, string quartet performance or art exhibit, this place is a MUST-SEE! ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Rustic restaurant with a good atmosphere and fun events. Try their burgers or the crab cakes!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“Trail head is located on the North side of the bridge just past McKinley Village. Park on the left side of the road and head towards the bridge. Trailhead marker is there. This one is for avid hikers. It’s 9.5 miles. Begin in McKinley Village and end in Denali National Park. There is a shuttle that can take you back so you don’t have to hike back. Or do the round trip for a 19 mile hike. Some incline but not much. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Café
  • 1 local recommends
Vacation Rental
“Individual log cabins. A really Alaskan experience will enjoying the luxury or a comfy bed. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Whisky Bar
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  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“In the heart of "Glitter Gulch" where many of the restaurants and hotels are just outside of Denali National Park is Black Bear Cafe. It's a little local gem in the midst of corporate hotels. They have great desserts, coffee, breakfast, and lunch items. Their outdoor deck is nice for relaxing and people watching. Locally owned and operated. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“Experience Denali's incredible scenery from the Nenana River. Raft guides are experienced and know a great deal about the local landscape and history, cross your fingers for good weather and wildlife sightings too!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“One of my favorite hikes! The trail is well maintained. A bit strenuous towards the top, but the views are so worth it. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Rock Climbing Spot
“The staff and owners are a company that are polite, professional, friendly and go out of their way to make for a memorable experience”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Restaurant with delicious eastern European food. Try their crepes or the Moussaka itself!”
  • 2 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Restaurant with almost too many options for pizza. I've never had a pizza here that I didn't like. The "Boreal Forest" pizza is delicious and so it the "Wilderness Tour".”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Wonderful restaurant with locally grown ingredients. Their flatbreads are great and so is the calamari. Honestly, everything they serve is delicious!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Café
“Stop for a visit and enjoy a local favorite! There’s great food, friendly service and a community feeling that will always make you feel welcome.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Rustic restaurant with a good atmosphere and fun events. Try their burgers or the crab cakes!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Whisky Bar
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“In the heart of "Glitter Gulch" where many of the restaurants and hotels are just outside of Denali National Park is Black Bear Cafe. It's a little local gem in the midst of corporate hotels. They have great desserts, coffee, breakfast, and lunch items. Their outdoor deck is nice for relaxing and people watching. Locally owned and operated. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Beautiful mountain views, live music outside on the patio, very accommodating to families with children (great kid's menu and table activities)”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Restaurant with delicious eastern European food. Try their crepes or the Moussaka itself!”
  • 2 locals recommend

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