(1:20 p.m. EST) -- As part of its offerings for travelers on pre- and post-cruise stays near Alaska's Denali National Park, Princess Cruises has opened a treehouse at its Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge.
The treehouse, built last year on Animal Planet TV show "Treehouse Masters," is the first of its kind in Alaska, showcasing the longtime partnership between Princess and Discovery Communications.
The treehouse will provide phenomenal views of nearby Mount McKinley, as well as 500 square feet of activity space for visitors. One of the highest land-based north-facing viewing areas, the structure is powered by solar panels and reachable via a short trail loop.
Treehouse events for 2018 include:
Tales From the Sourdough Expedition: For a fee, visitors can join this 45-minute event, held five days a week. They will meet author, world record holder and amputee mountain climber Todd Huston, who will entertain them with tales of the first trek to the top of Mt. McKinley as they hike the short trail to the treehouse. The "adventure" will culminate with hot chocolate and donuts at the treehouse.
Sappy Hour: Designed with foodies in mind, this daily extra-fee event offers birch syrup tastings and a selection of other locally produced tree-derived products. While they sample the goods, travelers can also learn about how syrup is made.
Trivia at the Treehouse: Free for anyone staying at the lodge, daily Alaska-themed trivia will be hosted by the lodge's resident naturalist.
"At destinations around the globe, we strive to create a bond between our guests and the places we visit, and now more than ever people are visiting Alaska to experience the beauty and adventure the state has to offer," said Lisa Syme, Princess Cruises vice president, in a statement.
--By Ashley Kosciolek, Editor