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Relaxing and enjoying the view at Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge
In an effort to broaden the stay and experience of cruising in Alaska, Princess Cruises owns and operates five wilderness lodges throughout the state. The properties are constructed to accommodate large groups of tourists traveling before or after their cruise. In this way, they are not built for someone looking for a rustic stay in the wilderness. They are outfitted and able to accommodate families and groups, and with that comes lots of tour buses, long lines, and crowded common areas.
Princess has two lodges in the vicinity of Denali National Park, each with its own unique location and resulting benefits. During a recent visit to the Park prior to a cruise, I spent nights at the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge and the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, transferring between Anchorage and the Park scenically and effortlessly via Princess' own luxury rail cars.
That last part is one of main reasons the lodges are so popular: A visit is extremely turnkey. Not only can you arrange transport through Princess, a stay is much like being on a cruise in that the lodges allow you to book excursions through them, providing ample and easy opportunities to explore the Last Frontier. The properties might lack true character because of the reality of their scope and size, but they are without question beautiful thanks to their location in the Alaskan wilderness.
With those things said and understood, I feel comfortable explaining that they are great options for general travelers who want to get a taste of the Alaskan wilderness before or after their cruise without taking on risk or doing a lot of planning. Below, we take a brief look inside them.
The mercury may be hovering around zero in Fairbanks today, but we've got summer on the brain, thanks to our mukluk-wearing buddies over at the Alaska tourism board. They just shared with us a sweet little ditty on all the new offerings debuting at lodges and resorts in the Last Frontier for "midnight sun season" 2013. Here's the region-specific rundown of what's up, up north.
Fairbanks' Regency Hotel is debuting a guestroom remodel featuring upgraded floors, bathrooms, and kitchen units. Summer rates from $128 a night include free in-room WiFi, 32" flatscreens, and breakfast.
Pike's Waterfront Lodge in Fairbanks has updated its exercise room and installed a new complimentary business center with desktops and boarding pass printers available for guests' use. Their "Great 2013 Summer Special" (July-September) rates start at $219/night and includes $50 lunch or dinner credit.