Alaska Cruisetours: 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.
This Alaska wilderness lodge’s spacious Great Room and 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
Your 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.
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 20,320 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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Activities & Adventures Tours
McKinley Discovery Tour – Explore the southern face of Mt. McKinley with a magnificent flightseeing tour. After your flight departs Talkeetna, it's off to soaring over Denali National Park, glaciers, and the Great Gorge as your pilot describes the natural wonders of Alaska.
Glacier Landing Explorer –Experience Alaska's wilderness with a narrated flightseeing tour of the Alaska Range and the magnificent Mt. McKinley. After flying across the granite cliffs of North America's highest mountain, land on the gentle slopes of Ruth Glacier and leave your footprints in the snow before heading back to Talkeetna.
Summit Flight– Feel the excitement only a few mountaineers have experienced. Explore the granite walls and winding glaciers in Denali National Park, and climb 20,000 feet aboard a multi-engine aircraft to witness the highest peak in North America.
Chulitna River Rafting – Your rafting adventure begins on the Chulitna River and takes you through 19 miles of untouched wilderness and ends in Talkeetna. As you journey down the river, be sure to have your camera ready for stunning views of Mt. McKinley, eagles, bears, and moose.
Wilderness Jetboat Adventure – This scenic tour aboard the Talkeetna Queen gives you the opportunity to experience wildlife, folklore, and historical artifacts with panoramic views of Mt. McKinley. Stop at a wilderness site and visit an authentic trapper's cabin with original furnishings and view how trappers lived in Alaska at the turn of the century.
Three Rivers Tour – Enjoy a three-hour tour aboard the fully-enclosed McKinley Queen jet boat and cruise along three rivers that offer panoramic views of Mt. McKinley and breathtaking flora and fauna. Stop for a leisurely stroll through history with a visit to a frontier cabin and Native Alaskan encampment.
Devil's Canyon Adventure – Embark on an incredible 130-mile roundtrip tour down the Susitna River through Denali State Park and into the National Wild River Park of Devil's Gorge. View nesting eagles, beaver activity, moose and salmon and visit an historic cabin and recreated Native Indian village. Lunch is provided.
Talkeetna River Float – Enjoy a two-hour, six to eight mile float trip down the Talkeetna River through bear, moose and beaver territories, near salmon streams, active eagle nests and an old miner's cabin. Your expert guide will take care of the rowing, all you have to do is relax and enjoy the ride.
Horse Drawn Wagon Ride – Discover Alaska by horse-drawn covered wagon. The two-hour tour offers exceptional views of Mt. McKinley, the surrounding peaks and glaciers. Later, stop for a campfire, roast some S'more and learn about the area's geology, history, and pan for gold.
McKinley Wilderness Trail Ride – Saddle up for a guided horseback tour through the Alaskan Wilderness. Our experienced horse wranglers will guide you through mountain trails, in the Denali State Park while taking in a panoramic view of Mt. McKinley.
Black Bear ATV Adventure – Hop aboard an ATV for an exhilarating two-hour expedition into the Alaskan Wilderness. As you explore the breathtaking surroundings, you'll learn about the wildlife and vegetation that dwell here and how each survives the winter.
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 breath-taking views of Denali and the Alaska Mountain Range. Watch for resident trumpeter swans, loons and beavers. Paddle over pools of spawning salmon and look for the bears and eagles that come to feed on them.
Byers Lake Nature Walk – Take an easy stroll around tranquil Byers Lake tucked inside Denali State Park. Located 14 miles outside of Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, this popular trail offers some of the most majestic views of Mt. McKinley. Keep a lookout for swans, beavers, bears and a variety of native plants.
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. Denali State Park is famous for its trails, wildlife, and stunning views of nearby Mt. McKinley. Weather permitting, climb 1200 feet from lush forest to tree line for panoramic views of Alaska Range peaks and glaciers.
Talkeetna Zip Line Adventure – Take an exciting zip lining adventure and experience the breathtaking natural scenery of Talkeetna. The panoramic views of the Alaska Range and Denali National Park as you zip down from a tree-top platform is unbeatable!
Ultimate Denali Hike & Flight – Travel by seaplane into the remote wilderness of Denali National Park and hike into the backcountry with experienced guides. This exclusive trip will land you at a lake in Denali National Park. You will travel into the mountains on our exclusive guided day hike. This trip will give you the sense of the true wilderness in Denali National Park's 6 milliion acres. Flightsee the Great Gorge and Ruth Glacier
Alaska Sportfishing – Experience Alaska sportfishing at its finest aboard a specialized jet boat or raft. All the top of the line fishing gear has been provided and the crew will show you the choicest spots for salmon and trout. Your trip may include an appearance by a bear, bald eagle or moose.
Sun Dog Kennels – Visit Sun Dog Kennel, home of World Champion sprint musher Kathleen Holden and Iditarod musher Jerry Sousa, and their dogs. Learn why these dogs are so eager to run in the grueling Iditarod and later, go for a dog sled ride through the woods.
Trapper Creek Homestead– Meet the modern pioneer family featured in the Princess Cruise video, ''Heart Of Alaska'' for a tour of their authentic homestead, garden and livestock area and hear their stories of how they lived on the land for four decades trapping, mining for gold, farming, hunting, and home schooling their children.
South Denali Experience – Explore Mt. McKinley's quiet side on a relaxing scenic tour of Denali State Park. See the lodge's spectacular wilderness surroundings including beautiful Byers Lake and the Alaska Veterans Memorial. Marvel at the challenges climbers face at a panoramic Mt. McKinley viewpoint. Visit the Alaska Nature Guides River House for an ancient fire demonstration. Sample some wild Alaska delicacies as you relax in a cozy den. Get to know South Denali's lush flora, abundant wildlife, massive glaciers, and towering peaks. Come see our side of the mountain!"
How to Book Alaska Land Excursions in Alaska
Pre-reserving a Princess Cruises optional land excursion is simple and by doing so, you’ll ensure your spot on the tours that interest you most. Plus we take care of all the details so you get the most out of your Alaska cruisetour.
Pre-Reserving an Alaska land excursion
- Review your Alaska cruisetour itinerary in the Cruise Personalizer®. Included is a list of land excursion options that are customized to best fit your itinerary with detailed information about each excursion. You may browse through these options or create a personalized brochure of your excursion options to save, print and/or review at your leisure.
- When you are ready to pre-reserve your land excursions, have your booking number and credit card information ready to enter. A credit card must be registered for each passenger that wishes to participate on a land excursion. Although a credit card is required to reserve your excursion(s), you may pre-reserve all of your land excursions with no deposit required. An auto-charge of all pre-reserved excursions will take place two days prior to your first land excursion booking. Confirmed pre-reserved excursions can be viewed at any time in your detailed itinerary in the Cruise Personalizer.
- The Cruise Personalizer will remain open until your cruisetour departure date so you may add or cancel tours prior to the cancellation deadline without penalty. Excursions cancelled once the auto-charge has been processed are subject to a 100% penalty. Note that excursion availability is based on cruisetour date, capacity limitations, and suitable weather conditions. Excursions are subject to change at any time and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Guests are encouraged to book early as space is limited and flightseeing tours in particular may not be available for pre-reserving right up to tour departure date. Prior to travel, print your Travel Summary which will have a listing of all of your pre-reserved land excursions. You will also receive information on confirmed excursions in your Welcome Envelope upon arrival at each location.
Why choose a Princess Land Excursion in Alaska?
Variety – A wide range of customized tours geared for all interests and activity levels, from less than an hour to all day immersions, so you can get the most out of your cruisetour.
Availability – You can pre-reserve your tours through the Cruise Personalizer® to ensure your spot on the most popular tours.
Expertise - Each tour is led by experts, often residents of Alaska, who truly know the Great Land.
Convenience - Princess organizes your tour so your time is maximized and worry-free.
Peace of mind - All tours are carefully selected by Princess to ensure your safety
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