One Of The Best Ways to Seeing Wildlife in Alaska

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One Of The Best Ways to Seeing Wildlife in Alaska 

One of the best ways to see wildlife in Alaska is by traveling off the beaten path. Denali National Park and Preserve will offer that amazing opportunity. As shared in a previous blog, there is a huge mis-conception that wildlife is in abundance, roaming all around Alaska and ready to appear at every turn.


The fact is, Alaska is a harsh environment for both humans and animals to survive in. The main four animals that call Alaska home are the Wolf, Karbiu, Moose and Bear.  The park rangers and locals all said, the realistic outlook for seeing any animals, especially the four main ones, is extremely rare. 


An interesting tidbit of insight also came when we were told by locals we had a better chance of seeing wildlife when it rained vs being a perfectly beautiful sunshiny day. Boy where they correct. For almost the entire trip we saw nothing until we arrived at Denali National Park and Preserve and graced with rain for 2 days straight. 


We took the Toklat Bus Tour, which travels 52 miles in, about a 5-6 hour bus tour. This tour brings you a tad more than half way into this 6 million acre park and preserve. Along the way, we were blessed to see all four animals. 

Remember what I said about getting off the beaten path? For us to spot the 4th and final main animal we had to do just that. On this particular bus tour, at any point in travel you could ask the driver to pull over. He or she will let you off and you are free to do as you please, explore what you want, there are not rules when it comes to that. Of course the Park Rangers will review safety tips if you do encounter wildlife and I strongly recommend you listen and do as they say. 


The conclusion to this post is, by us getting off the bus and creating our own journey and hiking trail we were able to spot a family of Karbiu grazing the lands at about 4,000 feet. What an honor it was to have been in their presence.  


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Laura Cerrano is a second-generation Certified New York City Feng Shui Consultant Expert. As a full-time Feng Shui consultant, Laura provides bicoastal consultations and workshops for residential, commercial, real estate developments, Fortune 500 companies and healing faculties. In addition, Laura is a resident teacher at the Metropolitan Institute of Design in Syosset, NY. She has been featured in highly respected publications and TV networks such as Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," PBS, CBC Television, BBC Radio and The New York Times. 


Comments (10)

Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

My husband and I have driven cross country 6 times, we often take the road less traveled and go through little towns with stop signs and stop at the most interesting places.  We enjoy it.

Jul 30, 2015 01:37 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Traveling off the beaten path is the most rewarding way to see the world not just Alaska.... I prefer to drive on my own and not even take bus tours:), Endre

Jul 30, 2015 03:40 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good Friday morning Laura. I really enjoyed traveling off the beaten path in Alaska. It is such a wonderful place to live and visit.

Jul 30, 2015 07:19 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Laura, have been to Alaska but sorry to say not off the beaten path! Enjoy your day!

Jul 30, 2015 08:32 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing your travels and your photographs.

Have a great summer!

Jul 30, 2015 11:14 PM
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Laura...Great to see that you are traveling and having a great time. We live in a fascinating country and Alaska is one of the most interesting states. I enjoyed the time I spent living there.


Jul 31, 2015 01:58 AM
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Laura Cerrano 

We have been to Denali Park several times but never 5-6 hours distance. That must be very exciting and so glad you saw many terrific sites including Caribu. 

Have a wonderful trip in such a lovely state!

Jul 31, 2015 11:07 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

My home state. I grew up there, and love Alaska. You describe your adventure well. It is a very unforgiving, yet majestic place. 

Aug 01, 2015 12:42 AM
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

Thank your for sharing your experience in Alaska, Laura. I'm sure you had a great time. 

Aug 01, 2015 11:54 AM
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

so very cool, Laura.  Looks like an amazing trip, Denali is near the very top of my bucket list.

Aug 01, 2015 03:05 PM