The Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge in Denali National Park and Preserve, is a special place. Whether you’re just visiting or working at the lodge, you can experience the flora and fauna, wildlife, hiking trails and more when you follow these tips.
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Pack your plant and animal identification book
Even if you didn’t think you were a wildlife buff, odds are, you’ll be surprised. Whether you’re hiking, boating or horseback riding, the array of animals and plants you’ll encounter will boggle your mind—more than 450 different species of plants right outside the back door. Be prepared by packing a small guidebook, so you’ll get an even deeper nature experience. You don’t need to leave the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge to get your sightseeing in, either. Trails start right on the property.
Prepare to have your breath taken away on a glacier
Mountaineers walk for days to experience pristine glaciers like this. But with a flightseeing tour, you can climb 20,000 feet abroad an aircraft and land on a massive glacier in the shadow of North America’s tallest peak. Be ready for the sheer scale of the rock, ice and sky to make your eyes pop.
Don’t skimp on the Alaska cuisine
From local Alaska-brewed beers to the fresh, juicy seafood, the dining at the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge will leave you satisfied and licking your lips. Plus, the Mountain View Dining Room boasts a gorgeous view, and the 20,320 Alaskan Grill is decorated with artifacts from actual Denali ascents.
Go fishing in unrivaled beauty
Whether you prefer to travel on a quiet raft or a fast-moving jet boat, you can get to world-class fishing spots from the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge. And with expert guides—and all the top-of-the-line gear you’ll need—you’ll be ready to reel them in. If the weather is clear, Denali looms in the distance, making the landscape nearly overpower the fun of the actual fishing.
Sample a little bit of frontier life
Frontier life isn’t so far in the past when you’re in Alaska. You can get a little taste of it by touring a local homestead or trying your hand at gold panning on your day off. Outings for both an original Alaska homestead tour and a gold panning adventure leave from the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge. Touring livestock and garden areas and a gold-panning area will help you understand what life was like for early settlers.
Discover the landscape on a trail ride
From the stables right next door to the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, a horseback trail ride will let you experience Alaska’s beauty the old-fashioned way. A leisurely ride will let you focus on the scenery, and enjoy the company of a well-trained horse. Professional guides will help you get the most out of the outing, pointing out wildlife and sights. You won’t want to forget your camera for this.
Whether you want to spend your day on a heart-pounding adventure or simply enjoy the magnificent scenery and delicious local foods, Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge is a perfect place to spend time in Alaska. And if you decide to work here, you’ll have even more time to enjoy all the fun activities listed above!