As far as dream destinations go, Alaska -- with its astonishing scenery and plentiful wildlife -- should be near the top of any cyclist's list. Not surprisingly, the Denali Adventure is one of our fastest-filling tours and a superb way to sample a slice of Alaska's best.
Those considering this 14-day tour should know, however, that it can deliver plenty of challenges, including rough roads, primitive campsites, isolation, rapidly changing weather, and repeated run-ins with the Alaskan state bird, Mosquitos giganticus. But by accepting these challenges you'll reap more than your fair share of enduring memories.
After acquainting ourselves with Anchorage, we'll set out on the Glenn and Richardson highways, moving from lush farmlands to glacial mountainscapes. Turning west, we'll pick up the gravel Denali Highway for 140 miles to Cantwell then join the George Parks Highway. It will take us to six-million-acre Denali National Park, home to Mt. McKinley and its snowy, 20,320-foot summit.
Because of the rough riding surfaces involved, mountain bikes or wide-tired touring bikes are recommended for this, the ultimate two-week Alaskan adventure.