Flying in with 3 flights a day, taking a shuttle or driving a rental car; there are several ways to get to McCarthy. The McCarthy Road is an easy safe drive, currently 1/3 of the road is hard surface and the remainder is a gravel road. There are plenty of Alaskan owned car rental companies that allow their vehicles on the McCarthy Road when you stay with us. Remember to keep your speed below 35mph to avoid flat tires.
REGARDING DRIVING ONCE YOU ARRIVE TO THE AREA, Please note that cars are unnecessary once in the area, please use the shuttle system.
Most of our guests will be driving 8 to 10 hours to see us. The most common mistake first time visitors to Alaska make is to pick great destinations and then attempt to break up a full day drive into two half day drives. If you break up the drive to McCarthy into two shorter stretches your only stopping options are unlikely to be a destination worthy of visiting for more than a fuel-up or snack. Please take the time to research those half-way points to see for yourself what they have to contribute to your valuable and limited vacation time.
Secondly, we are confident that you will not regret making that long distance drive in one day, permitting you to enjoy our wonderfully unique town and its many attractions such as hiking, rafting, ice climbing, flight seeing, historic tours, fine dining, and a strong remote Alaskan community more fully. We are also the only place in Alaska where you can experience a present day, frontier-style town in the center of the largest concentration of mountains, glaciers, and wildlife in America - the largest US national park, Wrangell St. Elias.
Finally, if night-driving is of concern, you will never drive in the dark during the summer in Alaska. More so, the roads to McCarthy bring you through the most majestic of mountain ranges and water habitat, where multiple wildlife sightings are possible! We are confident you will not regret the ride.
Unlike any hotel you’ll ever stay in. I give Ma Johnson Hotel five stars.