Princess Lodges Blog

On the Menu: Summer Fare and the Living’s Easy

King Salmon restaurant

We’ll be the first to admit we might be a little spoiled here in Alaska, between the incredible scenery, nonstop outdoor adventure and the freshest of seafood. The good news is visitors can partake in all of these outdoor and culinary spoils on a visit to any Princess Alaska Lodge this summer!

Why Denali is Alaska’s Adventureland

Denali Rafting

Photo is used under Creative Commons License by Chris Pike
Within its 6 million acres, Denali National Park contains everything you need to enjoy the trip of a lifetime. A daytrip into Denali could take you to the glaciers of Mt. McKinley, four-wheeling to adventure, or paddling along the serene Nenana River. Whatever your interests, you’ll never run out of unforgettable experiences in Denali! Here are just a few of the excursions waiting for you in Alaska’s natural playground.
Water Adventures
Whether you want the thrill of riding over whitewater or the chill relaxation of a jetboat safari, Denali provides a gorgeous backdrop … Read More →

Fourth of July – Alaska style!


America’s Independence Day often stirs up images of picnics, parades, fireworks and hot summer days. While a few of these aren’t exactly synonymous with Alaska (the midnight sun can sometimes make viewing fireworks logistically tricky), Alaskans have a special flair for unique Fourth of July celebrations.

Choose Your Own Adventure in Copper River

Kayaking in the Prince William Sound Copper River

Image used under Creative Commons license from Matt Zimmerman.
Situated at the gateway to the largest national park in the United States and the confluence of two mighty rivers—the Copper and Klutina—the Copper River Valley area offers a mindboggling array of daily activities in the outdoors. Not sure where to start? We’ll run down your options so you can get an idea of the variety, intensity, and highlights of all the amazing excursions available in the area. Choose an adventure that suits you!
Get On the Water

Scenic River Excursions. Get acquainted with the Copper and Tazlina rivers with a mellow rafting excursion. Piloted … Read More →

A Homerun Solstice Celebration in Fairbanks

Pitcher of the Fairbanks Goldpanners' throws the ball from the mound

When it comes to summer solstice, there are few better places to enjoy it than Alaska. This weekend we suggest heading north, where communities in the Last Frontier throw some of the most unique celebrations around.

Find More than the “Bear” Necessities at Denali National Park!

A Mama Bear and two cubs walk down a gravel road with a bus behind them, Denali National Park

With the release of Disneynature’s stunning new movie “Bears,” bear viewing is sure to be high on everyone’s must-do list in Alaska this summer. Fortunately, two Princess lodges situated at and nearby Denali National Park and Preserve offer the perfect jumping–off point for a weekend getaway into the wild. Only a five-hour drive from Anchorage and even closer to Fairbanks, the park is home to a multitude of bears and wildlife adventures galore; a stay at either lodge provides an ideal opportunity to meet (from a healthy distance) the real-life versions of Disneynature’s newest onscreen celebrities.
The Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge … Read More →

Summer Starts Now! Book Your 2014 Stay With Princess Alaska Lodges

Mt. McKinley in the background with vibrant purple fireweed in the foreground

A recent Gallup poll concluded 77 percent of Alaskans say their state is the best or one of the best to live in. With the largest amount of coastline of any other state, an abundance of natural resources and majestic scenery as far as the eye can see, it’s easy to see the appeal. This summer, you’re invited to soak up every moment of Alaska’s midnight sun at one our five lodges opening this month for the season. And just in case you need a few more reasons to come and see us, here is a sampling of some new … Read More →

Why Does Copper River Salmon Taste So Good?

Copper River Salmon Grill

This photo by Mike McCune is used under a Creative Commons license
Well, it turns out, the answer comes down to location, location, location. Anyone lucky enough to be served a filet of Copper River salmon will immediately notice its bright orange or red color, firm texture, and succulent taste. Truly, this is fish so flavorful that any added sauce or garnish just gets in the way. Below, we get into what makes it that way, and share some foolproof tips for selecting the perfect salmon.
Farm-Raised vs. Fresh-Caught Salmon
Salmon is one of the healthiest fish in the world to consume … Read More →

Hiking Denali: Experiencing Denali National Park & Preserve on Foot

man hiking with Denali mountains in background.

Don’t let the towering mountains around Denali National Park and Preserve intimidate you. Conquering Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America, is the crown jewel for experienced mountaineers, but there are countless other areas in the park that are easily accessible to visitors of varying fitness levels and just beckoning to be explored. Dust off your hiking boots, charge your camera and plan your visit to the park to enjoy what promises to be a memorable hiking experience. You can even opt to leave your camping gear at home and rent everything you need when you get to Alaska
The … Read More →

Alone in the Wilderness: Dick Proenneke’s Ultimate Alaska Retirement Plan

Twin Lakes

This photo by Lake Clark National Park & Preserveis used under a Creative Commons license
Nothing makes us want to hike through the Alaska forests like the words of Richard “Dick” Proenneke in One Man’s Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey: “I watched an eagle turn slowly and fall away, quick-sliding across the dark stands of spruce that marched in uneven ranks up the slopes, His piercing cry came back on the wind.” Dick was passionate about the Alaskan wilderness. His passion for nature ran so deep that he committed to a life in the wild: when he retired from his day job, … Read More →