Where to stay in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and beyond
We know you’ll want a comfortable and friendly place to hang your hat before and after your trip(s) with us! Here are our top picks for McCarthy-Kennecott Lodging, as well as some others in key locations around the state.
Kennicott Glacier Lodge – Built in 1987, the Kennicott Glacier Lodge is a replica of one of the historic mining buildings from the copper mining boom town days. Warm atmosphere, friendly service and an incredible view. Some rooms with private bathrooms available. Located near the center of the ghost town of Kennecott.
Currant Ridge Cabins – Alaskan log cabins with all the comforts of home, including full kitchen and private bath. Located at Mile 56.7 of the McCarthy Road, only a short distance from McCarthy (but only makes sense if you’re driving in the road). Built, owned and operated by the lovely Shidner Family.
McCarthy Lodge/Ma Johnson’s Hotel/Lancaster Backpackers – McCarthy Lodge has a long history of business since its construction in 1916. Since this historic building had previous uses before McCarthy was even formed, it is the oldest structure inside Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. It is located right in the middle of McCarthy. Bathrooms are down the hall (not in room). Their fine dining restaurant is their pride and joy. It is also the center of local social life, as the local saloon is also part of the complex.
Kennicott River Lodge & Hostel – Kennicott River Lodge and Hostel offers dormitory style cabins, private rooms or private cabins in a beautiful setting. Located ¼ mile from the Kennicott River.
Copper Basin Lodging
Golden Spruce – Cute little cabins located at mile 9.9 of the Edgerton Highway at Kenny Lake.
Copper Moose B&B – Cozy log cabin B&B in Kenny Lake with views of the Wrangell Mountains.
Gilpatrick’s Hotel Chitina – “Downtown” Chitina at the start of the McCarthy Road. Good restaurant downstairs.
Chitina House Bed and Breakfast – Chitina House Bed and Breakfast is the original site of the Copper River and Northwestern (Can’t Run and Never Will) Railway Bunkhouse and Mess house.
The Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge Beautiful views of the Wrangell Mountains. Only has cruise ship passengers twice a week – the rest of the days it’s just a normal lodge.
Valdez has a dearth of good lodging options. There are usually several decent B&Bs in town, but they seem to come and go so much that we can’t keep track of what is available. We generally send our guests to one of a few decent standard hotel-type places, listed here.
1. Mountain Sky Hotel – Probably the nicest all around hotel in Valdez. They have a pool and spa and a decent restaurant/bar downstairs, as well as an included continental breakfast. They even have some rooms with their own whirlpool tubs! Central to everything.
2. Valdez Harbor Inn – Basically a standard Best Western, but with the best location in town, right on the small boat harbor. Also contains the best restaurant in town, the attached Off the Hook, with fabulous views of the harbor. Mel, the owner of Off the Hook, will take great care of you.
3. Downtown B&B Inn – The most affordable lodging we know of in Valdez if you want a shower and a bed, in a convenient location right next to the Prospector (nice outdoor gear store!). They include a pretty dang good breakfast too.
Earth Bed & Breakfast – Known as the place to stay for climbers, trekkers, rafters and other adventurers. Convient location and friendly staff.
Alaska Leopard Bed & Breakfast – The Alaska Leopard Bed & Breakfast is a quiet and casual chalet with comfortable rooms. Located in Anchorage’s Hillside District, 10-15 minutes from the airport. Spectacular views of the Anchorage bowl, the Cook Inlet, and the volcanoes of the Alaska Range from the “leopard’s perch”.
Anchorage Guest House – Cozy and inviting hostel/guest house with lots of local color. Near downtown and the coastal trail. A great place to meet other travellers and make your plans.
Copper Whale Inn – Comfortable Inn near downtown, gracious hosts and spectacular views of the sound and even Mt. McKinley on a clear day!