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.

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:


Please do not drive the McCarthy Road unless you can control your driver to never go faster than 30mph. Rocks get kicked up at faster speeds, even in an SUV. These rocks at high speeds can hit the oil pan causing major car damage.

Driving Directions


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


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


  • 371 miles
  • South on the Richardson Hwy
  • 8 hours travel time

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.


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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