This was the third stop on the land portion of our cruise. The lodge is located about an hour away from Talkeetna and the train station. Our bus driver explained on our way to the lodge that the whole place is off the grid. There are generators running everything. They certainly must be better than what we run at home during power failures because everything ran very smoothly. Just like the Princess Lodge in Denali, the rooms are located in separate buildings away from the main lodge. The rooms are comfortable, neat, and clean. I liked that the fixtures in the room (lamps, dressers, etc.) also featured wildlife scenes. There are two main restaurants, and we ate at the one with the more reasonable prices. We found all of the staff helpful and happy to answer any and all questions. We were at the lodge the week before it closed so if the staff was going to be 'goofing-off' now would be the time, but that's not what we found. There is a gift shop at the lodge, but if you want to do more shopping, take the lodge bus ($5 roundtrip) to Talkeetna, a quaint town filled with gift shops and some wonderful restaurants. Talkeetna is the town that the TV show Northern Exposure was based upon. Again, we found the locals friendly and happy to chat with us. Don't miss the historical society or the forest ranger station. There is a lot of lore about Mt. McKinley/Denali in the area, because this is the town where people leave from when they climb the mountain. My husband and I have traveled extensively for the past forty years and have realised from the beginning that it is your attitude that you bring with you that determines what kind of a time you have.
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- Also Known As:
- Mt. Mckinley Princess Wilderness Hotel Trapper Creek
- Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge Alaska/Trapper Creek