by Phil Corless
If you want to enjoy the splendor of the Denali wilderness without all the driving and running around, then this sprawling 125-acre lodge is for you. Family-friendly rooms include twin bunk beds and a queen bed amidst unique Alaska-themed decor. The rooms are simple, but comfortable. The rest of the resort, however, has a wealth of amenities. Younger kids will love the outdoor playground, while older kids will enjoy the extensive game room in the main lodge. There are two onsite restaurants: the fine-dining Mountain View Dining Room and the more casual 20,320 Alaskan Grill. Parents will appreciate the wine and beer lounge on the large outdoor deck, which is a great place to take in the scenery.
The Princess Wilderness Lodge is blissfully isolated. It’s an hour north of Talkeetna and two hours south of the Denali National Park Visitor Center. However, park access is made easy by exciting optional excursions offered by the lodge. Over two dozen different activities can be customized for your family, including rafting down the Chulitna River, paddling canoes on Byers Lake and hiking on a Denali Park glacier. If you want to explore on your own, the lodge offers a regular free shuttle to Talkeetna, where you can visit a sled dog kennel, go zip-lining, or explore the quirky shops and restaurants. Surrounded by beautiful scenery and boasting a wide variety of kid-friendly amenities, the Princess Wilderness Lodge is a great choice for your family vacation to Denali National Park.
Our Editor Loves
- Daily guided nature walks
- Free shuttle to Talkeetna
- Outdoor hot tubs
- Horse Back Riding
- Water Sports
- Free Wi-Fi
- Game Room
- Onsite Dining
by Gary c
In my opinion, this is the best hotel in Denali. It is still rustic, but great location. Great staff. Like every place in Denali, the restaurants are expensive. But just a short walk across the street and you can find several places to eat.
We stayed at the Princess Lodges during our Princess land cruise tour. The drivers on these tours are terrible. We had a young lady who almost dumped the entire bus taking a turn too fast and her response was. Whew I made that.
The lodges are pretty basic but the North Fork restaurant was truly awful. My shrimp scampi came out with no flavor and watery. Steaks were tough and fatty. Everyone was unhappy with there meals.
Check out other restaurants in the area.