Visiting Denali National Park was a must do on our list of things to visit in Alaska. We drove from Fairbanks (roughly 3 hours) and stayed at the Denali Park Village in a cabin. We loved the cabin - a small intimate space, nicely appointed. But the village itself wasn't our favorite because it had that 'serving a million people' feel. This is a personal preference rather than an indictment of the hotel itself. The grounds were beautiful.
By this time we had been on the road for 10 days, we felt tired and in need of some vegging - we spent the afternoon hanging out in the lodge, people watching, and reading books - it was a great space to have some refreshments and relax. To explore Denali, we took a Kantishna Wilderness Trail Tour - a full day tour departing from the hotel into Denali National Park. The tour was great - we had a knowledgeable tour guide/bus driver who was informative and interesting.