What is "The Bus"?
You can visit the now-infamous bus from the movie “Into the Wild” by visiting 49th State Brewing Company in Healy, 10-miles north of the entrance to Denali National Park. You can actually walk inside The Bus and take your own self-portrait like the one found inside the camera of Christopher McCandless (Fairbanks City Transit System Bus 142).
Admission is free. When asked about The Bus, 49th State Brewery Owner Jason Motyka stated: “Many Alaskans feel that what happened to McCandless was inevitable. I’ve lived in Alaska my whole life and you have to understand that anytime you head out into Alaska’s backcountry there are inherent risks and you need to prepare for them. The idea of McCandless being a visionary and living free of society is a wonderful story. Who wouldn’t want to do that? But recently, when that 22 year old Swiss woman, Claire Jane Ackerman, drowned on her way to the bus we felt something had to be done.”
You can still walk 20 miles through mosquito-infested tundra, risk your life crossing the Teklanika River to get a photo next to the “Magic Bus.” Please be safe, hire a guide and check in with Park Service before you depart. Or you can come to the 49th State Brewing Company, visit the Magic Bus from the movie, then walk 20 yards and try one of their handcrafted beers or enjoy a burger or steak in their popular bar & grill.
If your would like a shuttle from you Denali area hotel check-out the shuttle schedule here or you can download the Denali Life App for free and have it in-hand at all times. It’s located at Mile 248.4 Parks Hwy., next to McKinley RV & Campground.