For the true Denali wilderness experience, book an overnight here. Built by legendary bush pilot Don Sheldon in 1966, the Mountain House is high up on a spur of rock overlooking the Great Gorge and the flanks of Mt. McKinley. The only way in is to fly in and then climb a considerable distance or to take a really long hike. This is an option only for the very fit. Two sleeping platforms accommodate four people, and a fifth can take the floor. Bigger groups can pitch tents
on the flat outside. There's a small woodstove, but that's it: any other gear, from sleeping bags to pots and wood for the stove, you need to bring. Remote, disconnected, and bare-bones, the cabin offers the chance to have the world to yourself in one of the most beautiful spots in Alaska. Bring extra food in case your plane gets delayed by weather. You need to book this one very early, as much as a year in advance. Contact the Alaska Mountaineering School, which manages the property, for information.