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Top Choice Historic Site in Kennecott

Concentration Mill & Leaching Plant

Like a rickety fantasy hatched out of a lunatic's dream, this 14-story building once processed the copper mined out of the surrounding mountains. You can only enter via two-hour tours led by St Elias Alpine Guides, …
Top Choice Tex-Mex in McCarthy

Roadside Potatohead

Don't leave without popping into this food shack, where the signature burritos share a menu with overstuffed cheese steaks and delicious hummus wraps. The coffee ain't half bad either. Decor is Potatohead toys and d…
Top Choice Food Truck in Kennecott

Meatza Wagon

Who'd a thunk there'd be a food truck in Kennecott? And not just a food truck, but a pretty damn delicious one that slings meatball subs, pork sandwiches, tacos and a veggie rice bowl? Eat up, then roll your stuffed…
Glacier in Kennecott

Kennicott Glacier

‘Oh no, they destroyed this valley!’ If you’re like 99% of visitors, that’s exactly what you’ll think as you reach Kennecott and look across the valley at a rolling landscape of dirt and rubble. But no, that isn’t a…
Historic Site in Kennecott

Kennecott Mines National Historic Landmark

Old mill town constitutes pretty much all of present-day Kennecott. Dozens of old wood and log buildings have been restored, stabilized or purposely left in a state of decrepitude. You're welcome to wander around th…
American in Chitina

Gilpatrick's Hotel Chitina

The meals are the best part of the experience at the Hotel Chitina. You're served a classic, multi-course white-tablecloth meal – salmon, steaks or crabmeat Oscar – in a town where folks probably once used tableclot…
American in McCarthy

McCarthy Bistro

One of the more pleasant absurdities of McCarthy is the way you can enjoy expertly prepared gourmet food in what, superficially, looks like Tombstone circa 1881. Wild-caught salmon, elk medallions, and a wine list t…
Breakfast in McCarthy

Golden Saloon

Connected to McCarthy Lodge, this is the area’s only true bar, with a good beer selection, pool, frequent live music and an always-intriguing cast of drinkers and beards. Food-wise, there’s a menu of first-rate bar …
Cultural Center in McCarthy

Wrangell Mountain Center

At the end of downtown McCarthy, check out this environmental NGO/community center with summer field courses for university students, arts and science programs for children, writing workshops and interpretative walk…
American in Kennecott

Kennicott Glacier Lodge

You’ll need a reservation for the lodge's well-regarded family-style dinners, which are set three-course meals of the halibut and steak school of dining. There’s only one seating: at 7pm. Otherwise, pop in for count…