Direct-to-the-Wilderness® rail service

Princess Cruises exclusive Direct-to-the-Wilderness service allows you to step off your cruise ship in Whittier onto your unique Princess rail service and arrive at your Princess wilderness lodge that same afternoon. Or, on southbound itineraries, leave the Denali area and enjoy a direct link to your awaiting cruise ship in Whittier. Because fewer transfers and less time waiting makes for a more relaxing and hassle-free trip.

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Denali Explorer & On Your Own Cruisetours

Denali Explorer cruisetours include up to four nights at Princess wilderness lodges at Denali.


Most tours include exclusive Direct-to-the-Wilderness® rail service and all include the Natural History Tour into Denali National Park. ( Optional Tundra Wilderness Tour Upgrade )


On Your Own options have no scheduled activities so you can customize how you want to spend your free time.  3 days on land from just $299 more than a 7-day cruise!* With no sightseeing activities included, you’ll have the flexibility to create your own adventure with optional land excursions.

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Off The Beaten Path Cruisetours

These cruisetours include key benefits of the Denali Explorer itineraries, plus visits to less-frequented regions like Copper River and Wrangell–St. Elias National Park, and the Kenai Peninsula.

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Connoisseur Escorted Cruisetours

These deluxe escorted cruisetours represent the highest level of service with a tour director on land and most meals included. They include up to four nights at a combination of both Mt. McKinley and Denali Princess wilderness lodges, with enhanced sightseeing experiences, such as the longer Tundra Wilderness Tour into Denali National Park. Plus, there are options to visit the Kenai Peninsula and Wrangell–St. Elias National Park. 


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Alaska Cruises: Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge

Everything You Need To Know About The Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge

Located just one mile from the Denali National Park entrance, this lodge is your home base for exploration. It features vaulted ceilings, exposed timbers, 30-foot high glass windows and an expansive deck that overlooks Denali National Park and the Nenana River. You'll also find fabulous fine and casual dining options, peaceful nature trails, comfortable accommodations and unbelievable views at every turn.

Your Alaska cruisetour will include an official Denali National Park Tour, operated solely by the National Park Service and the only way to venture deep into the park. Princess offers you four different tour options, ranging in legnth and depth, so you can customize your time in this wilderness treasure.

Princess also offers an array of optional land excursions, allowing you to experience the Denali area in every way imaginable, from river rafting and wildlife viewing to flightseeing, fishing and more. We even provide complimentary shuttle service between the lodge and the Denali National Park Visitors Center.

To explore Denali National Park’s six million unspoiled acres is to enjoy one of the world’s greatest
remaining natural places. And our Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge® places you in the midst of it
all. One mile from the entrance to the park, this Princess outpost is the perfect base for exploring
the wilderness. You’ll even enjoy strolling the large expansive grounds of the lodge campus, where
incredible views of the park and Nenana River ensure that your amazing Alaska escape is complete.

• Viewing Terraces overlooking
the Nenana River
• Wireless internet access
in lobby
• Music of Denali Dinner
• Outfitter Tour Desk

• Guest Laundry
• Free Scheduled Shuttle to
Denali Natl. Park Visitors
Center & Rail Depot
• Restaurants and lounge

The Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge is conveniently located near the entrance to the Denali National Park, on George Parks Highway at mile 238.5. The lodge is just two hours south of Fairbanks, or four and a half hours north of Anchorage, by car and is also accessible by rail.

Mile Post 238.5 parks Hwy, P.O. Box 110
Denali National Park, AK 99755
Tel 907.683.2282 Fax 907.683.2545


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Alaska Wilderness Amenities

Your comfortable room is appointed with two double beds or one king bed, television and telephone. Relax by the rustic stone fireplace at the cozy Main Lodge, browse the gift shops and meet the friendly Princess experts at the Tour Desk.


Denali Dining

Enjoy spirits, appetizers and casual fare at the Base Camp Bistro. For wild Alaskan seafood and panoramic views, try the King Salmon Restaurant. Opt for mouth-watering pizza at Lynx Creek or lively dinner theatre, featuring a hearty Alaskan meal and a musical comedy.


Alaska Land Excursions

From our Denali lodge, you’ll have opportunities for wildlife viewing, river rafting, jet boat safaris, flightseeing and hiking. There’s even golf, the Music of Denali Dinner Theatre and much more. 

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Nature Hikes & Scenic Tours

Alaska Adventure Walking Tour – Enjoy a three-hour walk through the Alaska landscape with a naturalist to help you learn about the flora and fauna of the region. You will walk through boreal forest to taiga, the evergreen forest and reach alpine terrain depending on the ability of the group.

Helicopter & Flightseeing ToursLet the Great Alaska Tour Company help you plan the perfect Alaska vacation. From planning to packing, from discount rates to departure dates, everything you need to know about Alaska. From Alaska cruises and cruise tours, to motorcoach and rail tours, to Alaska's wilderness lodges and recommendations for the best shore & land excursions. When it comes to Alaska, the Great Alaska Tour Company, part of Alaska Cruises Direct are experts in finding great Alaska cruise and land vacations.

Denali Glacier Landing By Helicopter – Discover first-hand how glaciers continue to shape the great land as you soar over Denali National Park. Then land on massive Yanert Glacier and view the ice falls, bridges and glacial streams. Continue on to Mt. Deborah, at 12,339 feet, while watching for wildlife along the way.

Discover Denali Flightseeing – This tour offers views of glaciers of the rugged Alaska Range and the wonders of Denali National Park, including circling Mt. McKinley. This tour features professional narration, headsets and window seats for all passengers.

McKinley Glacier Landing by Plane – Stand on a glacier high on the flanks of 20,320-foot Mt. McKinley. Your plane will land squarely in the middle of Mt. McKinley and you’ll have time to hike over a glacier before your return flight.

Summit McKinley Flight Tour – Fly above North America’s highest peak, at 20,320 ft, in the comfort of a twin-engine aircraft. You’ll also enjoy fantastic views of the north and south faces of Mt. McKinley as well as glaciers and gorges with a narrator offering insights along the way.

Rafting, Fishing & Boating

Denali Fly Fishing for Arctic Grayling – Beginners and expert anglers will enjoy a chance to catch a native Arctic Grayling on a small stream near Denali. Learn the basics of fly casting, roll casting and proper catch and release techniques. All fishing gear and instruction is provided.

Jet Boat Safari – Enjoy a fun-filled adventure into the Alaska Bush with chances to view wildlife along the way. Head miles along the Nenana River and meet the people who call this land of extremes home. Pan for gold and enjoy a hearty snack at a remote camp deep in the wilderness.

Nenana Gorge Whitewater – Brace yourself for an 11-mile whitewater adventure through the Nenana River Gorge. Experienced guides will row you through a dozen major rapids. No paddling necessary; all you have to do is hang on!

Nenana River Scenic Wilderness Run – This scenic voyage traverses the upper Nenana River on the eastern border of Denali National Park. You’ll enjoy sweeping views of the Alaska Range and the region is prime habitat for moose, Dall sheep, caribou and bear.

Four-Wheel-Drive Tours

ATV Adventure – Join your guide as you drive your own ATV on an adventure that takes you through old coal mine trails and into river beds where Athabascan Indian artifacts have been found.

Black Diamond Treasure Hunt – Travel as a group into the wilds of Alaska in a Polaris ATV with your own private guide. You’ll use maps and GPS to navigate the remote trails as you follow clues that lead you to a rustic pavilion where a camp-style meal is served. Wildlife viewing abound as you travel through their natural habitat.

Denali Jeep Adventure – Take a thrilling ride in a 4WD Jeep Wrangler on a backcountry excursion along the historic Stampede Road. This historic trail was carved out by the miners who worked in the Kantishna gold fields.

Alaskan Culture & Heritage

Covered Wagon Adventure With a Backcountry Dining – Travel like the original pioneers did – by horse-drawn wagon – on a relaxing journey through the Alaska tundra with a guide entertaining you with stories of the area’s rich history and folklore, and come hungry for an authentic frontier meal.

Husky Homestead Tour – Visit the home of champion Iditarod musher Jeff King and experience the warmth of a husky homestead. Learn about the fascinating sport of sled dog racing.

Music of Denali Dinner Theatre – Discover the legend of the first expedition to the summit of Mt. McKinley in a rollicking musical comedy that will have you singing along with the cast right up to the finale.

Tundra Mountain Golfing – Enjoy a golfing excursion in the panoramic region of the northern edge of Denali National Park. Watch for wildlife on this rugged 9-hole course nestled 11miles in the Nenana River Canyon.

Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge

Lodge Review

This lodge is conveniently located just one mile from the Parks entrance and is the perfect starting point to explore a wilderness of nearly six million acres with awesome Mt. McKinley as its featured attraction. The Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge is the premium riverside accommodation in the area. An expansive deck overlooks Denali National Park and the Nenana River - the ideal spot to relax, visit with friends and savor the exquisite landscape, conveniently located along the George Parks Highway at Mile 238.5, just two hours south of Fairbanks or four and half hours north from Anchorage by automobile. With Princess you also have the option of traveling aboard our private Princess Rail Service Ultra Dome rail cars. Simply board the train in Anchorage or Fairbanks and experience the most carefree way to travel to Denali National Park. In the local Athabascan language, Denali means "The Great One". For more information please visit  

The name of the rail car is the "Midnight Sun Express".

Each of the guestrooms is comfortably appointed with two queen beds or one king bed and a television and telephone. Passengers can choose from standard, riverfront, deluxe or suite accommodations. Outdoor hot tubs afford commanding views of the Park and Nenana River.

Dining is always a treat at Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge. Guests may enjoy spirits, appetizers and casual fare on the river view deck or inside at the Base Camp Bistro and Lounge. Lynx Creek Pizza and Pub offers spirits, informal dine-in and take out selections while the River Run Deli and Expresso offers snacks, sandwiches, coffee drinks and espresso beverages. The Rapids Morning Express allows guests to on the go to enjoy a morning coffee and fresh baked goods in addition to margaritas, chips and salsa as well as wine is available. There is also a Sourdough Breakfast Buffet which offers an all you can eat buffet breakfast featuring our Alaska sourdough pancakes, reindeer sausage, biscuts with Alaskan fireweed honey and more. The King Salmon Restaurant offers sophisticated cuisine and panoramic views. 

Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge - Activities

Music of Denali Dinner Theater Husky Homestead Tour Covered Wagon Adventure with Backcountry Dining
Denali Explorer Club Family Adventure into Denali Tundra Mountain Golfing Denali Fly Fishing
ATV Adventure Alaska Adventure Walking Tour Nenana Wilderness Run
Jet Boat Safari Nenana Gorge Whitewater Rafting Discover Denali Flightseeing
Summit McKinley Flight Tour McKinley Glacier Landing by Plane Denali Heli-hiking Adventure
Denali Glacier Landing by Helicopter Denali Flightseeing via Helicopter  
Black Diamond Treasure Hunt Denali Jeep Adventure  

Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge - Dining and Lounge Facilities

Dining is always a pleasure at Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge. Sample a variety of menus, everything from our Signature Alaska Cuisine to your favorite treat.

King Salmon Restaurant
Our signature restaurant located on the banks of the Nenana River, King Salmon is the only restaurant where you can enjoy several different types of Fresh Alaskan Salmon using a variety of cooking techniques. Other favorites include Fresh Alaskan King Crab, Alaskan Halibut and slow roasted Prime Rib. Well appointed yet casual, this exceptional restaurant offers views of Denali National Park through panoramic vaulted windows.

Breakfast: 6 am - 10:30 am
Lunch: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Dinner: 4:30 pm - 10 pm

Base Camp Bistro and Lounge
Relax and enjoy the view from the expansive outdoor deck or inside the Bistro. Fresh roasted Alaskan Silverhook coffee and breakfast pastries can be enjoyed while reading the morning paper. This midscale restaurant menu features burgers, Alaskan fish and chips, soups, sandwiches and hand tossed specialty salads.

2:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Restaurant hours vary based on day of the week.

Music of Denali Dinner Theater
Add a little humor and history to your Denali visit as you learn about Mt. McKinley. The Music of Denali Dinner Theatre is served family style and brought to you, with flair, by one of the actors in the evening's performance.

Show Times:
6pm and 8:30 pm

Denali Sourdough Breakfast Expedition
Our all-you-can-eat buffet including our blueberry sourdough pancakes, scrambled eggs, country fried potatoes, bacon, reindeer sausage, biscuits, fireweed honey, orange juice and coffee. Served immediately upon your arrival, this breakfast option is designed for early morning Tour Departures. While fueling up, experience Climb Denali with Laurent Dick, an experienced mountain climber who tells his tale of climbing "the Great One".

5am-8am in the Music of Denali Theater
Adults $14 Children $7.95

Lynx Creek Pizza & Pub
Enjoy a beer and a slice of pizza in the setting of an Alaskan Log Cabin. Other favorites include specialty pizzas, calzones, salads and sandwiches. Delivery is available to your room from 5 pm til closing.

Pizza Parlor - 11am - 11pm
Pub open till 2pm
Restaurant hours vary based on day of the week.

River Run Espresso
Find quick service items including pastries, espresso and featuring Alaskan Homemade Hot Licks ice cream and more on the lower level of the Main Lodge building.

5am - 8pm
Restaurant hours frequently change.

Stop by any time of the day for a casual bite to eat. Located in the Foyer for buildings 10 & 11. Enjoy a morning coffee and fresh baked goods or chips & salsa and a margarita or glass of wine.

Open 5am - 9am & 2pm - 9pm

Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge - Lodge Amenities

General Information

Last Updated 4/26/11

When staying at Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge, be sure to visit our fitness facility. Our gym is fully equipped with treadmills, recumbent and upright bicycles, and a Universal weight station. After your workout be sure to relax in the spa, which features hair and nail care, massage and tanning facilities.

  • Viewing terraces overlooking the Nenana River & Denali National Park
  • Outfitter Tour Desk
  • Free shuttle to Visitor's Center
  • Free Wireless Internet Access in common areas
  • Promenade shopping & Gift Shop
  • Outdoor Hot Tubs
  • Music of Denali Dinner Theater
  • Guest Laundry

Kid-friendly Activities

Many of the Optional Land Excursions are appropriate for children. Please refer to the Alaska Optional Land Excursions brochure or for age requirements. The lodge also offers on-site activities that are great for children.

Shuffleboard Shuttle to Dog Sled demonstration Card/Board Games Music of Denali Theater
Horseshoes Alaska at 40 Below Experience Walking Trails  

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Strategically located at Alaska’s legendary national parks, our wilderness lodges offer excellent accommodations, authentic Alaskan dining experiences, and the same warm, welcoming service that you’ve come to expect on every Princess Cruises vacation.

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Alaska Cruises: Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge

Nestled in a prime location near the entrance to Denali National Park, this gorgeous lodge is the perfect starting point for your wilderness adventure.

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On a bluff overlooking the largest national park, this lodge has a wall of windows featuring dramatic views of Wrangell-St. Elias.

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North America's tallest mountain provides a stunning backdrop to the picture-perfect setting for this wilderness retreat just south of Denali National Park.

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