It is an early morning as we depart with Alaska Travel n Tours for the 5 hr trip to Denali.
Luckily the motorcoach departs from the AlaskaConvention Center and across the street is a charming coffee shop, Bean Roost, that offers various coffees and delicious caramels to ease the long road trip to Denali. Alaska Travel n Tours operates nice clean motorcoachs, provides bottle water and snacks for the drive. Since it continues to rain the early morning scenery is limited but we are awarded with moments of sunshine as we head out of the city into the mountains.
We arrive to Denali Cabins and settle into our cabin #34 to find comfortable two beds, heat and bathroom in a rustic cabin setting. A good value and accommodations just 15 minutes away fro the DenaliVisitorCenter with free shuttle service. Leaving our luggage and heading our immediately time was spent at the VisitorCenter viewing a 20 minutes movie on the national park and then off for a short hike in the mountains.
Still plenty of daylight left time to visit Denali Grand Hotel and meet with the new sales manager, Dee Dee, to learn what is new at this popular resort on Sugarloaf Mountain. Beautiful rooms with planned upgrades for 2014, maybe mini-frigs in each room? Staff was very friendly and the views from this hotel were amazing! To top of the day, dinner was planned at the Denali Grand Hotel and was the one of the best meals in Alaska at Alpenglow. Seafood bisque and fresh halibut over steamed vegetables topped with a mango chutney. Chef Jacob continues to serve amazing entrees however skip the desserts and enjoy a wonderful cocktail with a sunset view from this hotel.