Kennecott/McCarthy are stunning places to visit to say the least... incredible glaciers and mountain vistas, buildings frozen in time and some of the most friendliest people in the world. I have been coming to this park for my whole life and finally decided to stay in the lodge instead of camping.
When you get to the end of the Edgerton Hwy- you park in a private lot and are picked up by a van to the lodge (very handy and free for hotel guests) and they take you the 5 miles or so to the lodge. The rooms are nice, cozy, great beds and some have glacier views to die for.
When you check in- you have the option to RSVP for dinner that night. DO IT. It may seem expensive but is absolutely reasonable considering what you get. Their menu is incredible and some of the best food I have ever ate. Never mind that the smell of fresh baked bread wafts through the lobby every afternoon making it impossible to think about anything but dinner (especially after a long day of hiking)... but the dinner is served "family" style" and its really cool to meet some of the adventurous souls who are also guests there. The food portions were generous and I walked away from the table stuffed and fully satisfied.
Take advantage of their ranger talks in the family room (very cool stuff) at night or have the front desk work with the local guides and hook you up with an adventure of your own.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kennicott Glacier Lodge is a family owned lodge located in America's largest National Park, Wrangell-St. Elias. Try glacier hiking or ice climbing on the Root Glacier, one of the few easily accessible glaciers in North America. Get a breath taking view of the park on a flightseeing tour, or spend time alpine hiking, river rafting, and exploring the National Historic Landmark of the Kennicott Copper Mine. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kennicott Glacier Hotel Kennicott