Over Labor Day weekend, we decided to drive the Denali Highway. In spite of what you might think, the Denali Highway is not the road into Denali National Park. The Denali Highway is a gravel road that runs east of the park, from Cantwell to Paxson. It goes right across the Alaska Range and is closed in winter due to the lack of maintenance.
Labor Day weekend was a great time to go, because all the leaves were turning and the fall colors were fabulous. The only drawback was that there were a lot of hunters. We had difficulty finding room at the camp grounds -- in fact, on the second night we decided to camp by the side of the road, and we still had trouble finding an available spot. Still, the trip was so beautiful that it was really worth it. Here are some pics.