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: Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge

Everything You Need To Know About The Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge.

Bordering the south side of Denali National Park near the Chulitna River, the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge® is a splendid wilderness retreat, with cozy places to unwind with friends, nature trails, gift shops and authentic dining venues like 20,320 Alaskan Grill, named for the elevation of Mt. McKinley, North America’s tallest peak.

The lodge’s spacious Great Room and outside wood deck provide the perfect setting to unwind and look out on majestic Mt. McKinley. And there are a variety of ways to explore the inviting wilderness up close on optional land excursions, like flightseeing, river rafting and fishing.

From the moment you arrive at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, you know you're somewhere special.


Alaska Wilderness Amenities

You accommodations include a comfortable guest room with lofty, nine-foot ceilings with fans and a sitting area to relax. The Great Room truly lives up to its name with an impressive stone fireplace, cozy sofas and chairs, and enormous floor-to-ceiling windows to soak in the dramatic scenery.


Alaskan Dining

Anytime you travel with Princess Cruises, you're sure to sample outstanding cuisine in remarkable settings. The Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge carries on that tradition with a dining experience for every taste. Enjoy sophisticated cuisine and panoramic views in the Mountain View Restaurant or casual fare in the Grizzly Lounge. Try the Twenty-320 Alaskan Grill, named after the elevation of Mt McKinley, for a casual atmosphere.


Alaska Land Excursions

At our Mt. McKinley lodge, it’s all about the mountain. You can soar over this towering peak on a flightseeing tour and even land on a glacier. Or explore Denali by horseback, ATV, boat, helicopter or by foot.

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Bordering the south side of Denali Park near the picturesque Chulitna River, the Mt. McKinley
Princess Wilderness Lodge® is a true wilderness retreat with a host of recreational activities, exceptional amenities and awesome views of Mt. McKinley. In the main lodge, the Great Room is an irresistible haven with an impressive stone fireplace, cozy sitting areas, tables for card and board games, and floor-toceiling windows that look out on Mt. McKinley and the Alaska Range.

The Great Room with floor
to ceiling windows facing
Mt. McKinley
• Stone wood-burning fireplace
• Expansive outdoor deck with
views of the Alaska range
• Wireless Internet access
in lobby
• PhotoSymphony
• Espresso Bar
• Walking Trails
• Shuttle service to Talkeetna
• Coin-operated laundry
• Park Ranger programs
• Outfitter Tour Desk
• Restaurants and lounge


The lodge is just two and a half hours north of Anchorage, or four hours south of Fairbanks. Access the lodge at milepost 133 on the George Parks Highway. Turn east on Mt. McKinley View Drive and head up the hill to the lodge entrance.


Mile Post 133 Parks Hwy
Denali State Park, AK 99683
Tel 907.733.2900 Fax 907.733.2922

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Nature Hikes & Scenic Tours

Byers Lake Nature Walk – Experience Alaska’s incredible beauty on a two-mile nature walk in Denali State Park, with magnificent views of Byers Lake and perhaps even Mt. McKinley. Learn about the flora and fauna from an expert naturalist and explore the historic log cabin of a wilderness family.

Denali Wilderness Hike – Explore Alaska’s spectacular wilderness on an exhilarating trek with an experienced naturalist guide. Hike through lush vegetation along forested trails while your guide tells you about the local history and wildlife of the area.

McKinley Wilderness Trail Ride – Enjoy a guided horseback ride through the Alaska wilderness on mountain trails as a guide directs you to majestic views of Mt. McKinley, glaciers and the surrounding peaks of the Alaska Range.

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.

Glacier Landing Explorer Tour – Your amazing flightseeing tour of the Alaska Range is highlighted by a spectacular landing on the Ruth Glacier in Sheldon Amphitheater. You’ll be awe-struck by the views, 5,600 feet above sea level.

McKinley Discovery Tour – Soar to places you can only imagine. Fly by the south face of Mt. McKinley, Mt. Foraker and Mt. Hunter before crossing over the Kahiltna Glacier, the longest glacier in Denali National Park. Descend into immense Sheldon Amphitheater through Great Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world.

Rafting, Fishing & Boating

Alaska Sportfishing – Board a jet boat or raft and travel to a secluded spot to fish in the shadow of Mt. McKinley for salmon, trout, grayling and more. Your guide will offer fishing instruction and tips and take you to the best fishing holes in the area.

Byers Lake Paddle Trip – Come see the beauty of Byers Lake as you glide through tranquil waters on single or tandem Sit-On-Top kayaks. Start your tour with brief and easy paddle instruction then embark on one of the most beautiful experiences in Alaska. Take pictures of the breathtaking views of Denali and the Alaska Mountain Range.

Chulitna River Rafting – This four-hour rafting adventure floats through 20 miles of untouched wilderness in search of wildlife. You’ll float past active eagle nests and through the habitat of bear, moose, wolf and beaver with Mt. McKinley and the Alaska Range in view.

Devil’s Canyon Adventure – This tour takes you 130 miles into the National Wild River Park of “Devil’s Gorge,” where you’ll experience the unforgettable thrill of an Alaska river experience on a fully enclosed vessel. Along the way, you will visit an authentic trapper’s cabin, learn about early Alaskan Indians and enjoy lunch on the river.

Talkeetna River Float Trip – Take a leisurely two-hour float on the Talkeetna River, gliding though the serene wilderness as your guide points out bear, moose, beaver and spectacular Mt. McKinley and the Alaska Range.

Three Rivers Tour – Board the McKinley Queen Jet boat for a thrilling 60-mile river cruise on the Talkeetna, Susitna and Chulitna Rivers en route to Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge. You’ll enjoy spectacular views of Mt. McKinley, visit an authentic trapper’s cabin and Native Alaskan encampment.

Wilderness Jet Boat Adventure – Board the 55-passenger Talkeetna Queen and speed 200 miles into the Alaska wilderness in comfort while looking for wildlife and spectacular scenery. You’ll also enjoy a nature hike and a visit to an authentic trapper cabin to learn how early Alaskans lived in the “bush.”

Four-Wheel-Drive Tours

  Black Bear ATV Adventures – Drive an all-terrain vehicle as you follow a local guide through the Alaska wilderness, learning about the plants and wildlife in the area. Beginners are welcome as operating and safety instruction is included.

Alaskan Culture & Heritage

Historical Gold Panning Adventure – Visit the Trapper Creek Museum and learn how to pan for gold as you travel down the historic corridor of South Denali. You’ll meet modern-day gold miners and learn about mining and its storied history.

Horse-Drawn Wagon Ride – Experience the only horse-drawn covered wagon ride that provides spectacular views of Mt. McKinley and the Alaska Range. You learn about the history and geology of the area at an open-pit bonfire, get a chance to gold pan and visit with reindeer.

Iditarod Sled Dog Kennel Tour – Discover everything you’ve always wanted to know about the grueling Iditarod. Meet musher Bill Hall for an in-depth look at the sport and see a demonstration by a team of sled dogs, as well as receive sled dog souvenirs.

Sun Dog Kennels – Learn about the history of Talkeetna and sled dog racing as you visit the rustic log home of champion sprint musher Kathleen Holden and Iditarod musher Gerald Sousa. You’ll learn about the training program and see a demonstration by a team of sled dogs.

Trapper Creek Homestead Tour – Visit an authentic homestead for a glimpse at the lifestyle of early settlers in untamed Alaska. Take a walking tour to see the garden and livestock areas and visit with an original homestead family.

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Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge

Bordering the south side of Denali National Park on the banks of the Chulitna River, this Lodge is the closest to Mt. McKinley. The Mt. McKinley Princess Lodge features a host of outdoor recreational activities and exceptional amenities. The possibilities of capturing a glimpse of wildlife and the chance to behold the majesty of Mt. McKinley make this a true Alaskan adventure.

Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge is one of Princess' newest lodges in Alaska and is the only cruise-tour lodge within sight of Mt. McKinley. During a two-night stay you can drink in the glorious sights from the panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows, the outdoor deck and the inviting restaurants. In the main lodge there is a room so spectacular that we've named it The Great Room. An irresistible haven with an impressive stone fireplace, cozy sitting areas tables for cards and board games, and enormous floor to ceiling windows that look out upon majestic Mt. McKinley and the Alaska Range.

Each of the guestrooms is nestled peacefully throughout this wilderness getaway. Relax in comfort and style in rooms with one king or two queen beds, lofty, 9-foot ceilings with fans, a sitting area, a television and telephone. In addition, each of our suites features a sitting room, bedroom, wet bar and Jacuzzi bath - the perfect choice to make any occasion extra special.
Dining is always a treat at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge. Guests may enjoy spirits, appetizers and casual fare in the Cub Cafe. on the mountain view deck or inside at Grizzly's Lounge. Grizzly's Lounge offers spirits and appetizers which are also available on the outdoor terrace. The Mountain View Restaurant offers sophisticated cuisine and spectacular views. New for 2004 is Expedition Pizza, the only pizza parlor in the Denali National Park.

Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge - Activites

General Information
The Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge offers you a variety of optional excursions. Some optional excursions are based in Talkeetna (where the Princess rail depot is located), which is approximately one hour from the lodge. Separate versions of each of the Talkeetna based tours are offered to correspond with your direction of travel.
"Tokosha" - Denali National Park Adventure Backcountry Wilderness Adventure  Black Bear ATV Adventure  Trapper Creek Homestead Tour 
Talkeetna River Float Trip  Iditarod Sled Dog Kennel Tour  Glacier Landing Explorer Tour  Chulitna River Rafting 
Talkeetna Wilderness Trail Ride  Sun Dog Kennels  Byers Lake Nature Walk  Three Rivers Tour 
McKinley Wilderness Trail Ride  Alaska Sportfishing  Argo Adventure Tour  Alaska River Jet 
Horse-Drawn Wagon Ride Byers Lake Paddle Trip Canyon Float Devil's Canyon Adventure
Wilderness Jet Boat Adventure  Denali Wilderness Hike   McKinley Discovery Tour   
Summit Flight Tour  Historical Gold Panning Adventure Catch & Release Fly-Fishing   

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.

Hand Shuffleboard Ranger Presentations Scavenger Hunt Kids' Menu
Playground Jr. Ranger Program Card/Board Games Walking Trails

Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge - Dining and Lounge Facilities

Dining and Lounge Facilities
Anytime you stay with Princess, you're sure to sample outstanding cuisine in a remarkable setting.  Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge continues that tradition with a dining experience for every taste.
Dining Room/Lounge Description  Hours 
Mountain View Restaurant Enjoy our signature Alaskan cuisine and attentive service while experiencing the great view and sophisticated atmosphere of the Mountain View Dining Room.  Breakfast 7:00 am - 11:00 am

Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

20,320 Alaskan Grill Experience tasty appetizers and entrees at our newest venue named for the height of Mt. McKinley.  Breakfast:
6:30 am - 10:30 am

11:30 am -midnight 

Grizzly Bar Whether enjoying a frosty beverage on our spacious deck or sampling one of our specialty libations inside, the Grizzly Bar�fs relaxing atmosphere is a great place to gather with friends. The "Grizz" is a full�]service bar where you will find more than just an excellent variety of drinks - come by for a lighter meal including salads and flavorful sandwiches. 11:00am - Midnight
Cub Cafe Stop in for a quick bite so you can get out and see beautiful Alaska!  Breakfast Buffet: 6:30 am - 9:30 am 
Espresso Bar   6:00 am - 2:00 pm

Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge - Lodge Amenities

Along with a room so spectacular we called it The Great Room; the main lodge also features a dining room, coffee shop, tour desk and meeting rooms. A half mile loop road surrounds 18 guest room buildings providing walking trails in a park like setting and convenient sitting areas, allowing guests to enjoy the wilderness setting. Amenities include:
  • Computer Kiosk with Internet access
  • Car access and parking
  • Free Wireless Internet in common areas
  • Expansive Deck with Mountain Views
  • The Great Room with 3-story windows facing Mt. McKinley
  • Shuttle Service to Talkeetna*
  • Stone Wood-Burning Fireplace
  • Park Ranger Programs
  • Coin-operated Laundry
  • PhotoSymphony
  • Espresso Bar
  • Walking Trails
  • Outfitter Tour Desk
  • Gift Shop
  • Hot Tubs

* Shuttle Service to Talkeetna is $10 per person for a round trip ticket (unless the passengers have a tour booked through Princess, it's included in the tour ticket price). The shuttle runs from Mt McKinley to Talkeetna every hour on the hour from 6 am - 5 pm and it returns from Talkeetna to Mt McKinley every hour on the half hour until 9 pm.

While other companies sell cruises and other forms of travel, we focus exclusively on shore excursions. We utilize this expertise to select the highest quality shore excursions delivered by local experts in the most cost effective manner for our customers. Since we are not a large cruise line catering to thousands of customers per day, our shore excursions allow you to travel in much smaller groups offering a more personalized experience.

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Alaska Cruises: National Parks

Possessing half of the U.S. National Parks, Alaska truly offers some of Mother Nature’s best work. Stretching across a staggering 13.2 million acres, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve is the largest parcel of land, but its sister parks—Glacier Bay, Denali, Kenai Fjords, and Gates of the Arctic—share equally in beauty and natural wonders.

Alaska Cruises: Glacier Bay National Park
Set on the state's southeastern coast, this glacier-rich territory is equally abundant in snowcaps, fjords and wildlife.

Alaska Cruises: Denali National Park
Breathtaking vistas, spectacular wildlife viewing opportunities and the venerable Mt. McKinley, North American’s tallest peak, explain why this is one of Alaska’s most popular attractions. And you’ll enjoy it while staying at our two comfortable Princess wilderness lodges in the area.

Alaska Cruises: Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
Spectacular vistas and magnificent mountain ranges, winding rivers, glaciers and miles upon miles of forest define Wrangell-St. Elias, the nation’s largest national park.

Alaska Cruises: Kenai Fjords National Park
Known as “Alaska’s Playground,” the Kenai Peninsula in south central Alaska is rich with native flora, fauna and gorgeous ice -sculpted landscapes and fjords. It’s famous for its great sports fishing, river-rafting and more.

Alaska Cruises: Gates of the Arctic National Park
Located north of the Arctic Circle in the Brooks Range, this wide swath of tundra is unparalleled in its beauty.

For more information about Alaska's National Parks visit the National Park Service or Alaska Geographic

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Alaska Cruises: Princess Wilderness Lodges

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.

Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge

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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Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge

Alaska Cruises: Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge

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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Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge

Alaska Cruises: Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge

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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Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge

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Top-notch salmon fishing is only steps away from this well-appointed lodge set in the mountains overlooking the beautiful Kenai River.

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Did You Know: Grizzly bears have been a threatened species since 1975 in the Lower 48 states? Alaska however has over 32,000 grizzlies. Considering Alaska's population is only 670,000, that's 1 bear for every 21 people. Alaska is home to magnificent glaciers, giant halibut, hardy outdoorsmen.... and lots of moose. Alaska has 39 mountain ranges. Did you know? The larger ranges include: Alaska Range, which includes 20,320 foot Mt. McKinley, the continent's tallest peak , Aleutian Range, a volcano-ridden range on the Alaska Peninsula, Brooks Range, which is above the Arctic Circle; the Continental Divide runs through it and Boundary Ranges, along the Canadian border of the Inside Passage.

" Our trip was excellent. The room, with the upgrades, was amazing! We saw many eagles (bald and golden), one bear, many whales, including one breach, seals, one bear, one wolf, moose and carribou, and many smaller animals.. If we travelled during salmon run, we probably would have seen more bear and eagles. The scenery is to die for, the vistas spectacular. The ship was great; service, food, etc were all great. Thanks for everything. "

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Ask an Alaska visitor about his or her trip and you'll likely hear tales about the state's exotic and awe inspiring wildlife. Chances are, you'll be regaled with stories and photos of the encounters with Alaska's wildlife. And who can blame them? Pictures of Alaska's moose, bears, caribou, bald eagles, whales and dozens of other wild species can be a trip's best (and most memorable) souvenirs. For those who cruise Alaska by sea, there's the opportunity to spot the breathtaking breach of a humpback whale or soaring seabirds such as puffins, terns, gulls, eiders and many others. Learn more about wildlife viewing in Alaska