Hewn from local timber and imbued with luxurious touches, this low-rise lodge just one mile from the Denali National Park entrance feels intimate despite its 656 rooms. The main lodge, with its 40-foot windows and outdoor deck provide great views of the Nenana River Canyon. Its two-story rock fireplace is a great place to relax, and the smell of fresh baked cinnamon rolls from the cafe is enough to make anyone hungry. The rest of the hotel is spread out across the grounds in different buildings, all connected by trails, shops, and restaurants. The trails lead out from the hotel so you can stroll the river bluff at your doorstep.
Traditional Splendor, Modern Comforts
Open in the summer season only, Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge is built in the tradition of some of the great national park lodges, full of natural wood and surrounded by nature. Yet right on the premises you’ll find several restaurant choices: a deli, pizza parlor, a casual restaurant, and an upscale dining room, the King Salmon Restaurant. As the name implies, the restaurant serves fresh-caught Alaskan seafood—king crab, halibut and wild salmon. There’s also the Music of Denali Dinner Theatre, where you can enjoy an Alaskan meal while watching an entertaining musical rendition of pioneer days.
We can’t forget to mention the outdoor hot tubs—perfect for warming up in the land of the midnight sun, or for watchig for northern lights in late summer.
Expert Advice on Denali
You'll want to make the most of your time in Denali and there are a wealth of activities to choose from. At times, it is hard to choose which is the right activity for you. The lodge’s tour desk can assist you in planning your adventures; whether it be a park tour, hiking, flightseeing, rafting, or any of the other activities available.
Princess rail service is one of your options for arriving in Denali. They offer glass-dome cars and open-air viewing platforms which make for an amazing ride. Packages are available from Anchorage and Fairbanks.