Antique cars ditch the pavement to tour Denali

HEALY, Alaska (KTUU) - Before the Denali Park Road closes to motorists on May 20, a group of antique automobile owners visit to tour the National Park in their vintage rides.

Antique autos tour Denali National Park (KTUU)

The Antique Auto Mushers of Alaska make an annual pilgrimage to Denali each spring.

"When the automobile was invented, America fell in love with automobiles and we still have that love," Marcy Cresap said while seated in the passenger seat of her 1931 Model A. "Some people go for hot rods, some people go for Mopars, and there's always that love for automobiles, but for us it's just the old ones."

This week the group saw wildlife ranging from caribou, hare, moose and owls. Denali was obscured by clouds the day the group toured, so the wildlife was the focus of the park's visitors, but the antique autos also entertained tourists visiting the park.

"It makes us smile too. It makes us happy because it makes them happy," Cresap said. "Everybody smiles, everybody enjoys seeing the cars."

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