Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge Denali National Park, Mckinley Park, Alaska
You haven’t fully experienced Alaska unless you’ve been to Denali National Park. Its boundaries encompass an amazing six million acres — the size of the state of Massachusetts. Home to Mt. McKinley, North America’s highest peak soaring an unbelievable 20,320 feet into the sky, the Park hosts an array of wildlife — from moose, caribou, Dall sheep and grizzly bears to gray wolves and red foxes. Located only one mile from the Park’s entrance, 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. Located in Denali National Park
Ilona DeCamp (verified owner) –
Love this place!
Beautiful location with very comfortable rooms. Many excursions available. Nice choice of restaurants on the property. Lots to do. The hiking trails are amazing.
Tips for Families
No elevator so if children need to be carried, book a room on the first floor. Wi-fi is only available at the main lodge and it does not always work.
Erin Kirkland (verified owner) –
Denali Princess Lodge brings access and activity to Denali National Park
Located in the heart of Nenana Canyon, better known as “Glitter Gulch” to Alaskans, sits the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge. Owned and operated by the Holland America/Princess dynasty of cruise lines, this is an enormous property that offers plenty of room for families, and access to the activities famous in the Denali NP area. Hotel rooms are nicely appointed, especially the family suites, with bunk beds, a sitting area, coffee maker, fridge, and television. Service is generally fine, but we have twice encountered dirty sheets in the rooms, which were promptly replaced after a phone call to the front desk. A swath of trails lead in, around, and through the property, and are great for roaming, and the views from bluffside are excellent. Take the trolley from one end of the property to the other to access restaurants, a dinner theater (silly, but my kid loved it), the main lobby/coffee shop/gift shop/activity desk. Princess staff can aid with all sorts of activities, from guided tours of the Park to sled dog kennel trips. Access to the Nenana Canyon area is easy, too, but the Parks Highway does run right through the area, and traffic is nearly always present – watch kids carefully.
Tips for Families
If your family needs supplies like diapers, baby food, extra snacks, etc. be sure and purchase before you arrive. There is NO real grocery store and prices for some items are outrageous. Bring bikes if you have them (rent in downtown Anchorage or Fairbanks) and enjoy the paved bike path from Nenana Canyon to the Park Headquarters area. Wi-fi is spotty here, but adequate in the lobby. Many, many older cruisers stay at this property, so don’t be surprised if they aren’t thrilled at your youngsters jumping, playing, and generally being kids. Staff are quite accommodating, however, and seem to enjoy children.