Denali Park to Whittier

Park Connection bus at Denali National Park.

Bus Denali National Park to Whittier

The Park Connection trip from Denali Park to the port city of Whittier travels nearly 300 miles includes one bus transfer and travels through the longest highway tunnel in North America. The motorcoach heads south from Denali on the Parks Highway through Broad Pass, one of the most scenic areas on this highway.  Watch for moose and caribou and as you continue south you may enjoy beautiful views of Mt. Denali, weather permitting. The motorcoach makes a brief stop in Talkeetna before continuing on to Anchorage. You will pass through Wasilla, the largest community in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, and then merge onto the Glenn Highway after which you will skirt the Chugach Mountains the last thirty-five miles into Anchorage. The motorcoach will stop at the Dena'ina Civic Center where you will identify your luggage to be transferred to the motorcoach destined for Whittier.  Enjoy a lunch break on your own in downtown Anchorage before the final leg of the journey to your cruise ship. Travel on the Seward Highway, a National Scenic Byway, along the Turnagain Arm. The Turnagain Arm sits between the Kenai and Chugach Mountains and offers truly spectacular Alaskan scenery all the way to Portage where the motorcoach turns off the highway onto the Whittier access road. Enjoy the sights in Portage Glacier Valley before arriving at the entrance to the Whittier Tunnel. This 2.5 mile tunnel is a one way tunnel shared with the Alaska Railroad and is the only way to get to Whittier. The motorcoach will go directly to the cruise ship terminal upon arriving in Whittier.

The Park Connection Motorcoach operates the full Denali Park to Whittier trip only on designated cruise ship days. This unique route is designed to allow cruise ship passengers to maximize the land portion of their Alaska vacation. This transfer connects our daily “Park to Park” route from Denali to Anchorage with our Whittier cruise transfer service which operates on most days that cruise ships are in Whittier. This trip offers morning departures from the Grande Denali, Denali Bluffs Hotel, McKinley Chalet, Denali Princess Lodge, Denali Park Village, Denali Cabin, and drops passengers off directly at the Whittier Cruise Ship Terminal.

Denali Park to Whittier Bus Tour Details

7:00 AM Grande Denali
7:15 AM Denali Bluffs
7:25 AM McKinley Chalet
7:30 AM Denali Princess Lodge
7:45 AM Denali Park Village
7:55 AM Denali Cabins
10:45 AM
11:00 AM
1:30 PM
3:00 PM
5:00 PM
Whittier Cruise Terminal
Park to Park, Whittier Cruise Transfers
Designated Cruise Ship Days

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