the adventure of travel

Compared to locations like Anchorage or Fairbanks, McCarthy is a little off the beaten path! We thought it would be helpful to create a brief summary of the options for traveling to McCarthy. Remember, it takes a while to get to us, so plan on staying an extra night to truly explore the area.
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option #1: drive

The condition of the McCarthy Road has improved greatly over the past few years, so much so that many car rental companies are now willing to allow select vehicles on the McCarthy Road.

Here's a list of car rental companies with promotional codes that allow you access to their vehicles for travel on the McCarthy Road:

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tip

Copper Town Shuttle 907-202-6717

ANCHORAGE TO MCCARTHY SHUTTLE   (June 24th through August 21)
Departs Anchorage for McCarthy every Friday @ 8am
Returns from McCarthy Every Sunday at @ 9am
$150.00 per person. Staying with us? 10% Discount for our Hotel Guests!
 
Between MCCARTHY & KENNICOTT
Getting around once your in the park:
Copper Town Shuttle provides free transportation for the towns of McCarthy & Kennicott, and Parking lot footbridge.
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Copper Town Shuttle also uses our collection of Antique Autos from Alaska. So ask for your free ride from the McCarthy Lodge Resort!

Driving Directions

FROM ANCHORAGE

  • 307 mile
  • East on Glen Hwy
  • 7 hours travel time

FROM GLENALLEN

  • 128 miles
  • South on the Edgerton Hwy
  • 3h 45m travel time

FROM FAIRBANKS

  • 371 miles
  • South on the Richardson Hwy
  • 8 hours travel time
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option #2: fly

Flying in to the back-country of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is, for many, a trip of a lifetime. The remote areas of this pristine world heritage site are accessible by bush plane, offering a variety of outdoor experiences unique to Alaska. Many visitors are finding that a fly-in guided day trip is a great way to experience the back-country, yet return to the comfort of Ma Johnson's Hotel.

option #3: shuttle

Whether you're wanting to do a day trip or multi-day stay and don't want to leave a rental car sitting, there are several shuttle options for you. Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery as you are driven to us.

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If you are in McCarthy, do not miss staying at Ma Johnon’s Hotel. It has remarkable atmosphere, it is super clean and inviting. The owner, Neil, went out of his way to help us plan. They serve great breakfast and the price is very reasonable. We are on our way back!

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