Alaska Cruisetours: Denali National Park
From the moment you step off the Alaska Railroad at the entrance to Denali National Park and Preserve, you'll be surrounded soaring snowcapped mountain peaks and endless wilderness teeming with amazing wildlife, from bear to moose, eagles, Dall sheep and more. This park defines the Alaskan experience so Princess Cruises includes it on every Alaska land & sea vacation. And you can see it up close on a variety of optional Denali National Park Tours or explore the best of the region on optional land excursions.
Towering above it all is the venerable Mt. McKinley, the highest point in all of North America. At 20,320 feet, its summit beckons more than 1,000 climbers each year who brave the elements for the chance to scale its majestic face. Princess Cruises guests, however, can relax at one of our two exclusive, custom-built lodges - the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge and the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge and experience the best of the region.
Located 240 miles north of Anchorage, Denali encompasses six million acres of forests, tundra, glaciers and mountains - that's larger than the entire state of Massachusetts. Yet only 90 miles of main road traverses the park, leaving the moose, caribou, sheep and bears free to roam a wide area of land untouched by man.
Alaska Wildlife Sightings
A good pair of binoculars helps with ample opportunities for animal sightings, whether it's a Grizzly foraging for berries beyond or a Golden Eagle soaring above. In autumn, a ready supply of blueberries, cranberries and crowberries keeps the wildlife active; much like the blooming wildflowers during the summer attracts shutterbugs in search of that perfect shot.
Muldrow Glacier Tundra
Denali is one of the few places where visitors can come in contact with the Alaskan tundra. Meaning a "vast, rolling, treeless plain," the tundra starts at 2,500 feet and extends up and along the massive Alaska Range. Crossing a portion of the tundra is the Muldrow Glacier, which descends 16,000 feet from the upper slopes of Mt. McKinley and comes to within one mile of the park road.
Nestled in a prime location near the entrance to Denali National Park, this gorgeous lodge is the perfect starting point for your Alaska wilderness adventure.
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