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How much time to drive from Healy to ANC? And how much time...

Saratoga
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How much time to drive from Healy to ANC? And how much time...

1. Is there any other places to do rafting better than Talkeetna?

2. When is the good time (time of the day) to take the rafting in Talkeetna?

3. Is it better to watch Mt. McKinley before we go to Denali park? or we do not even need to take a look from Talkeetna if we are planning to visit Denali park?

thanks

Saratoga
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1. Re: How much time to drive from Healy to ANC? And how much time...

Oh, we are visiting Alaska in land around 8/7/06

Healy, Alaska
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2. Re: How much time to drive from Healy to ANC? And how much time...

I think you might be happier rafting in Denali, but maybe others will comment on which is better.

Mt. McKinley is the largest mountain in all of North America. If it is "out" - not covered in clouds, you can see it from Anchorage, which is hundreds of miles away. It's quite huge - but because of it's vastness/height, it creates it's own weather and is often cloud covered - that is why it's considered such a treat to see it.

If you are driving up from Anchorage, you will have the chance to see it several times and there are pull outs, especially near Denali State Park, that have incredible views of the mountain. Talkeetna is also the major place to do flight seeing of Denali and also where all the mountain climbers catch a plane to begin their summit of Denali or other mtns in the Alaska range. There are several places to view Denali in Denali National Park as well - it just depends on where you are and what the weather is.

Drive time from Healy to Anchorage is about 5 - 5 1/2 hrs, depending on road construction and how many stops you make. Good luck! :)

Buffalo, NY
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3. Re: How much time to drive from Healy to ANC? And how much time...

I think the rafting done closer to Talkeetna is on calm water, not white water. If you are looking for white water, the Denali Park entrance area will have more. Other white water areas include the Matanuska Glacier and the Kenai Peninsula.

Saratoga
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4. Re: How much time to drive from Healy to ANC? And how much time...

We can only have level 1 rafting since we have 2 young kids, 10 & 13. And we like scenaric rafting than white rafting. What is the recommendation? thanks

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5. Re: How much time to drive from Healy to ANC? And how much time...

With younger kids tehn, take the rafting in Talkeetna. The Denali / Nenana float is definitely not for them.

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Saratoga
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6. Re: How much time to drive from Healy to ANC? And how much time...

thanks for the reply. When is good time to raft near Talkeetna? morning? afternoon? where is the position of Mt. McKinley relative to the river? I am thinking about the sightseeing the when rafting from the river to see when is good time to take photo.

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