Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Princess Copper River Lodge and Wrangell St. Elias National Park

Wrangell St. Elias National Park is the largest national park in the U.S. It is probably also one of the least developed.

We decided not to take any of the available excursions offered by Princess. Instead we purchased ($5 pp) a ticket for the lodge shuttle that ran a route between the lodge, the town of Copper Center, and the park.

Some guests went only to the town where there is a little museum and a highly recommended small restaurant. We went to the park where we visited the Visitor's Center (so I could get my park passport stamp), took a small walk with a ranger, and then walked a nature trail on our own. And we were done by the time the shuttle returned a second time.

The lodge itself was very nice, with comfortable places to sit both indoors and out. There were several nature trails by the lodge itself and it was a very nice place to just relax. The main room had huge windows framing Mt. Wrangle. From the outside patio, the windows did a beautiful job reflecting the mountains image.

At sundown they had a flag lowering ceremony which, we understand from those that attended, was very touching. And a fire was built on the back patio to make s'mores.