We really had about 14 hours in the Denali area. Because of this, we woke up early to arrive at the park as early as possible. We grabbed breakfast across the street at the Black Bear Coffee House. Mac had a breakfast bear-ito (he’s a man who knows what he likes), while I enjoyed a breakfast sandwich with a heavenly made-from-scratch biscuit that I can still taste. We hopped on the shuttle from the resort to the park entrance. The visitor’s center doesn’t open until 8 am, so we headed down one of the hiking trails. It was foggy and drizzly, but the silence of the park was incredible. We were the only people there aside from the employees. I think we did about 2 miles.
We poked around the visitor’s center and got our passport stamp. By then, we only had about an hour until we had to board our train, so we wanted to hit the gift shop. It didn’t open until 9 am, so we grabbed hot chocolate at the café and found out the cashier was from Alexandria, Virginia. We did a quick lap in the gift shop then boarded our train for the 8 hour trip back to Anchorage.