Holland America's Denali Square Complex is where visitors can sit around a cozy fire pit on cool Alaska evenings and share stories of that day's excursion into Denali National Park and Preserve, whether it be seeing one of the park's grizzly bears eating tundra grasses, spotting a Dall sheep standing atop a rocky outcrop or catching sight of a soaring eagle.
Over the past three years, Holland America has refreshed the guest experience at the 60-acre McKinley Chalet Resort, which provides accommodations for the guests on Holland America Line's Land + Sea Journeys combining an Alaska cruise with a land tour of the park and other destinations. Holland America last year unveiled improvements to the property layout and remodeled guest rooms.
This month, Holland America officially opened Denali Square. In attendance at the opening on June 3 were Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Park Superintendent Don Striker, as well as Holland America Line president Orlando Ashford. To celebrate the opening, Holland America presented the Denali Borough School District with a $20,000 check to improve classroom technology.
"For nearly 70 years Holland America has been at the forefront of Alaska exploration, and the opening of Denali Square is another exciting moment in our company's history because it elevates the way our guests will experience Denali and Alaska," Ashford said.
Denali Square is situated at the heart of Holland America's 60-acre McKinley Chalet Resort near the park entrance. It was designed to be a gathering place for guests to relax, do some shopping or enjoy a show. The complex has an amphitheater with a covered performance stage and bench seating where guests will be able to enjoy a variety of local shows, ranger talks and other events. Guests wanting to get a drink and listen to live music can stop in at the Gold Nugget Saloon, home to the Music of Denali Dinner Theater.
Denali Square also features a 7,800-squre-foot, two-story restaurant where diners can enjoy a good meal while enjoying the view of neighboring mountains. The restaurant also has a deck with fire pits for those guests wanting to dine outdoors.
After dinner, some guests may decide to take a stroll along the walking paths in and around Denali Square to take in more of the property's beautiful setting.
Denali National Park and the 20,310-foot Denali Mountain (North America's tallest) are an increasingly popular Alaska destination. Last year, nearly 590,000 people visited the 4.7-million-acre park, an all-time high.
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