Ultima Thule

Ultima Thule

Wrangell St. Elias National Park, Chitna, AK 99566

Set more than 100 miles away from the nearest road, in the heart of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, the Ultima Thule Lodge is one of the most authentic, and adventure-centric, in the 49th state. The owners—three generations of the Claus family—give their guests once-in-a-lifetime experiences. This means flying to the coast to beachcomb, searching the high mountains for mastodon ivory, and scaling the summit of Mount Elias. The lodge trumpets its lack of cell phone reception on its Web site. Although lack of coverage is part of the draw, customers still suffer electronic withdrawal. "Some people have trouble not being connected, at first," says owner Donna Claus. "They're antsy. But then they accept it, and they go out and have a great time."

Recommended by Harold Jenkins, one of T+L's 2010 A-List travel agents.

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