Day 1: Pick up your Travel Van from Get Lost Travel Vans office in Anchorage. Drive 2.5 hours north to Talkeetna.

Day 2: Drive 3 hours north from Talkeetna to Denali National Park. Stop in at the Visitors Center to find your campground spot (we recommend making reservations in advance), learn about the park’s wildlife and climate, and wander through the Alaska Geographic bookstore.

Day 3: Spend the day inside Denali National Park. Take a park tour to Eielson Visitor Center, or catch a ride on the “Backpacker Bus” to Wonder Lake. Watch for wildlife like bears, moose, sheep and caribou along the way, and, of course, North America’s tallest mountain. 

Day 4: Spend the day near Denali again. Visit the sled dog kennels where Denali’s canine rangers live, take a nature walk and identify signs of wildlife, or head outside the park to rent a bike or take a bicycle tour.

Day 5: Drive 5 hours south from Denali to Palmer. Take a day hike, pet a reindeer, or learn the homesteading history of the region at the Palmer Museum.

Return: Drive south about an hour from Palmer to the Get Lost office in Anchorage to return your travel van by 2pm.