Denali National Park
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We arrived at Denali National Park a couple weeks into a really fantastic fall color change, even though we were in central Alaska's tundra, there was some serious shades of yellow and red to be seen. The only problem is the rain finally decided to show its face and we only had one day to visit.
Denali is a huge park, and is easily the most visited one in the state. To curb the massive rubber necking for wild beasts crossing/sleeping in the road, the NPS bought up these old run down school busses, painted them green, and made it the only way to get from place to place within Denali. This wouldn't be that big of a deal, but it takes a good 4-8 hours [one way] to get anywhere. Seriously, it's bad enough to sit next to anyone for that long, never-mind a whole bus load of cranky wet people who are waiting for the next bathroom break [every 1 1/2 hours!]. Thankfully we had a great bus driver who would pull off the dirt road every so often to point out all the bears goring fish and elk chasing after the bus.