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Old March 19th, 2004, 09:40 PM
Deb & Dave
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Default Mt. McKinley Princess Lodge

We will be at the Mt. McKinley Princess Lodge for 2 nights in June. Our 3rd cruise, but 1st to Alaska. Has anyone done an excursion from here they would like to recommend? So far we are looking at doing and evening float trip and a Jeep excursion. Any Advice? Thanks.......
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Old March 20th, 2004, 12:21 AM
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Default Re: Mt. McKinley Princess Lodge

As I mentioned elsewhere. My only recommendation is a flight out of Talkeetna- either a summit or ski plane. You are not likely to see McKinley otherwise. Supurb flightseeing from there. Catch the Princess shuttle- 40 miles.
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Old March 21st, 2004, 06:33 PM
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Default Re: Mt. McKinley Princess Lodge

When we went in 2001, you had to book your excursions on the train from Anchorage (if you're on that itinerary). The flightseeing tours to McKinley booked quickly, but we had clear weather and we heard they were great. We wanted to book the heli-hike, but it was filled.

We got the jet boat tour while in Talkeetna, not anything to write home about and then we booked a float and fishing trip. Not recommended. It was ok , but it was salmon snagging, not fishing and the float trip was short.

There are some neat trails around the lodge to walk around as well and you can spend some time in Talkeetna as well.

If you want to get out, the flightseeing/hiking is the best bet.

Note - If you are an early riser (before 6am) and you want coffee at the lodge, better bring your own!
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Old March 22nd, 2004, 07:36 PM
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Default Re: Mt. McKinley Princess Lodge

Whoa, Thanks Charles! I'm a 5 AM riser and I want my coffee!
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