Denali National Park! From Fairbanks it takes about three hours to drive to the park, including the 14 miles of park road you can drive in a commercial vehicle. The drive is stunning and as it is autumn all of the trees and plants are changing colour and the hills are a beautiful mix of reds, oranges and yellows. We drove up to the Savage checkpoint, which is as far as you can drive without a permit, parked the car and walked the Savage trail, a 2 mile loop alongside a nice stream.
Unfortunately it was far too cloudy to see mount Mckinley but the rest of the landscape made up for it.