Denali Outdoor Center offers a variety of activities. We chose to do the Canyon White Water Raafting tour. Our guide (nickname: Chicago) was great and went above and beyond our expectations. Rafters are suited up in a dry suit to protect them from the cold (36 degree water). With a couple layers of clothing underneath, the cold wasn't too bad, even...more
There's not a whole lot to do in Healy, which is really a part of its charm. It's far enough North from Denali Park to keep crowds and prices down, but still only minutes away. It's a great place to relax and unwind. Have a drink at the Totem Lounge, a home-cooked meal at Rose's Cafe. Drive or hike Stampede Road and see the beauty that Chris...more
It really depends on what time of year that you visit Healy but in October you wouldn't have to get up real early to catch the sunrise....It just seemed early to me as I had gone to bed around 5 am after watching the Northern Lights all night....so sunrise came quite quick for me!! hahaha My wife thinks I'm crazy...stay up all night to watch the...more
The Denali Park Hotel is really a motel. The rooms were clean and good for the price. It's not a...more
Healy, Alaska, 99743, United States
Good for: Couples
Mile 1.2 Otto Lake Road, PO Box 14, Healy, Alaska, 99743, United States
Good for: Solo
49th State Brewing is a great place to eat and have a few cold beverages after a long day in the Denali Park. There is a wide selection of microbrews to chose from as well as the standards. The place was busy but not overly crowded.The food and service were both excellent and a band was playing the evening we were there. There is also a photo op...more
This place is a true Alaskan diner/roadhouse. A popular stop on the George Parks Highway in Healy for tourists, outdoorsmen, and truckers alike. Typical Alaska-American food served proudly. They also have some Thai/Asian dishes-I think the owner may be Asian. No alcohol, but wonderful fresh-brewed iced tea. Good prices for the Alaskan...more
Well this isn't a restaurant but it's a good place to get gas when your traveling long distances. We bought juice and some cinnamon rolls for breakfast. I think my son bought some licorice too. That the greatest breakfast but we forgot to ask at the motel where we could get some real breakfast and we wanted to get on the road.It's got your regular...more
It can be a special night to watch the sky dance! Especially for the first time viewer!! It can almost be scary. I love to watch them. I'm from Kodiak where we do have Northern Lights quite regularly but they are usually not very brilliant although they can be.They come in many shapes and and sizes....some cover the whole sky and others are just...more
To get to Healy you only really have a couple of options....The best one is to have your own vehicle. Then there is the train which is available out of Anchorage. I believe there is a bus service that runs between Anchorage and Fairbanks that would pass through Healy but I don't know this as fact!! Hitchhiking is another possibility too. Just get on the Parks highway and stick out your thumb or make a little sign board stating your destination.
This photo was taken just outside of Healy the next morning on our way to Fairbanks. It was very foggy and actually got quite a bit more foggy than what is shown in the photo!!
At the Totem Inn in Healy, AK there is a mechanical grizzly bear (mechanical bull). I don't think the locals actually ride it but the bar was pretty full and the locals get a kick out of seeing tourists ride the Grizz. The ride costs $3 and "I Rode The Grizz" t-shirts are available.
Everyone there was really friendly as we found everywhere on our AK trip. The locals seem glad they have visitors and want to make sure you see/do everything you want to do.
There are some warnings that first timers to the area should know about.....Always drive the Parks highway with your headlights on even in daytime...it could let an oncoming driver know that you are there....alot of tourists are driving and are NOT looking at where they are driving!! They are trying to spot Moose,Caribou,Elk, Bear and looking at the mountains!!!
Also beware in the months of cold weather....late september - early may the road conditions can go from dry and safe to icy and unsafe in the matter of moments!!! That happened to us on this trip!!
Well as you can see from this page that we didn't spend very many daylight hours here....Our visit was mostly during the night. The Northern Lights were my highlight of the Healy portion of the trip. I'm really glad that we chose to stay in Healy because I called my friend in Fairbanks that we had planned on staying with that night and he said it...more
There are probably some good spots to shoot sunrise from in Healy but I just chose a spot close to the motel entrance road so I wouldn't have to travel far. I was on Stampede Road just off the Parks highway when I took this shot. I wish I would have not included the lovely power lines in the photo but I did!! hahamore
Go see Denali Park. Keep your eyes open for animals; if you walk or hike, make noise so you don't surprise any bears. Bring lots of mosquito repellent! Healy has a coal mine that will do tours also. The best thing about living here is that I can go for a drive, hike, walk, or exploring and won't be hindered by 'private property' or fences, or...more