Interior | Fairbanks | Denali

To the north of Anchorage, on the way to the Alaska Range Mountains, the Matanuska-Susitna Valley contains wide-ranging recreational opportunities, and the vast Interior region is a fairly easy drive beyond that.

The Interior is essentially all the land that lies north of the Alaska Range, which includes Denali (Mt. McKinley), and south of the Brooks Range, which cuts horizontally across the Arctic Region. This accounts for most of Alaska's landmass and it is mostly roadless wilderness.  However, the city of Fairbanks is connected to Anchorage by a well maintained highway, which also passes by the only road access to Denali National Park.


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The Interior of Alaska consists of most of the land that includes and lies between the state’s two great mountain ranges:  the Alaska Range just north of Anchorage, which includes Denali (Mt. McKinley), and the Brooks Range to the north.  In between the mountains lies most of the landmass of Alaska.  It is an interior bowl, with temperatures that range from hot in the summer to bitterly cold in winter.  Given its northerly latitude, this is also a land of extreme variation in sunlight, with 24-hour days in summer offset by equally lengthy periods of darkness in winter.

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The big town in the Interior is Fairbanks. The Parks Highway connects Anchorage and Fairbanks, running north-south roughly parallel to the tracks of the Alaska Railroad. 

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A single 90-mile road leads into the interior of the park. All visitor traffic is by bus, which focuses the human presence and reduces its impact on wildlife.

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