Whether you're looking to take your family off-grid for a bit of Alaska Adventuring, or for a great fishing spot with your buddies with incredible bear-viewing—or if you’re even an artist looking for inspiration—this lodge made up of newly renovated log cabins offers a customized ideal of bliss. It’s about 180 miles from the nearest road and offers an idyllic perch for exploring both the wilderness of Lake Clark National Park, as well as other bucket-list destinations in Alaska.
Great access to Seward and fishing—and a great rate for anyone who is active or retired military, or a DoD Civilian. Set just inside the city limits in Seward, the Seward Resort is exclusively for the military community and their sponsored family or friends. The resort offers fishing charters in the summer, snowmobile tours in the winter and can help you get special prices on a variety of Seward-based tours and activities. You can also make use of fish-cleaning stations, vacuum sealing equipment, freezers and overnight shipping services for your catches. Room comes with private bathrooms, telephone, TV/DVD with cable, microwave and small refrigerator.
Modern and stylish, the Westmark Fairbanks Hotel is conveniently situated in downtown Fairbanks. The hotel boasts 400 guest rooms, yet provides the personal service of a small hotel. Features include spacious rooms, a fitness center, two new restaurants, and free Wi-Fi. Relax in your room or go for a stroll through the hotel’s fresh herb garden.
This private lodging business may be the ultimate way for independent travelers to stay in the famously just-off-the-grid McCarthy. They're located just before the footbridge leading into town, so you can park your car right by your private guest house —without the hassle of parking and having your stuff schlepped over the bridge. A favorite among locals and visitors alike, the modern guest houses have great views of the Wrangell St. Elias National Park from their decks. You will also find full kitchens, solar power and free access to a seasonal veggie garden to supplement your meals.
Alaska bear camp is magically hidden in a rare Critical Bear Habitat in the wilderness of Lake Clark National Park. Instead of hundreds, only 16 privileged guests observe the wonder of up to 50 brown Bears living out their daily drama. Due to the beauty of the location and the exceptional bear population, the deluxe camp, with en suite biffies, beds with mattresses and food flown in daily, was used as a base camp for the Disney movie Bears. Transfers available from Anchorage or Great Alaska Adventure Lodge in Sterling.
The Hotel Alyeska sits tucked amid the Chugach Mountains on Alaska's south-central coast, with a backdrop of glaciers, bald eagles, and towering spruce trees. Outside you will find expertly landscaped grounds with a small pond and beautiful wildflowers. Inside, the setting is equally magnificent. The rooms are decorated with simple elegance. Burgundy and hunter green colors combine with black-and-white nature photography and cherry wood accents. You will definitely feel that you are in a luxury resort, but you will not be able to forget that you are in Alaska.
The Lands End Resort sits at the very tip of the Homer Spit, offering incredible views of Kachemak Bay and the Kenai Mountain Range. Take a walk along the beachfront, then head to the shops, bars, and restaurants along the spit. If the views are too beautiful to leave, enjoy a meal at the hotel’s Chart Room restaurant. When it’s time for activities, a helpful staff of locals can provide recommendations and book your excursions. Then pamper yourself at the full-service Land's End Spa, which offers therapeutic massages, herbal wraps, facials, and other treatments.
May - September
If you're an angler, you know that fishing in Alaska is a phenomenal experience. But this fly-in fishing lodge—tucked away on a river northwest of Anchorage—ups the ante: Not only does it offer excellent access to nearly any fish you came to Alaska for, but it also offers an eco-travel experience that comes with a high level of service, a variety of non-fishing activities and the mellow freedom to create an Alaskan experience that suits your own taste. Stay several nights, or fly into the lodge for a day of fishing from Anchorage.
Owners Michael and Diane McBride have perfected the quintessential Alaskan experience. Immersion in beautiful wilderness, exploration and adventure, gourmet food, and rustic elegance all come together at this famous lodge that provides 10 staff for only 12 guests. The staff members can help you explore China Poot Bay through sea kayaking, hiking, sport fishing, tidepooling, and bird watching. All the excursions are fully guided, and you'll learn about everything from glacial succession to tidepool invertebrates.
Staying at the remote Kenai Backcountry Lodge within the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge offers a real taste of the wilderness. The lodge, located on a five-acre, private in-holding, began as a river-accessed hunting cabin back in 1935. Years later, the remodeled and expanded property is still road-free, and guests raft into the lodge. Alaska Wildland Adventures pride themselves on a ‘leave no trace’ style of eco-tourism.
There's no better base for a fishing trip in Katmai than Brooks Lodge. Overlooking the river, the lodge has been run by the same family for over 60 years, so they really know the fishing here. It's not a fully-guided lodge, so you'll find affordable rates. You can also hire a guide if you want, or use their transportation services to get to remote lakes and rivers, or fish on your own. If you’re looking to explore the area, Brooks Lodge also offers bear viewing opportunities.
Mid-May through Mid-September
The Northwoods Lodge is a remote lodge where visitors can find themselves in a 45 minute flight from Anchorage. The lodge specializes in guided fishing, and guests can enjoy 8 to 10 hours of fishing a day if they choose. Guides help you spin or fly fish for trophy king salmon, silver and sockeye salmon, or resident rainbow trout, arctic grayling and northern pike
Set outside of the downtown bustle in a naturally wooded environment, the resort’s lodge-style buildings are spread out across 30 acres. Walk the meandering paths, which are punctuated by flower gardens, or explore an old miner’s cabin. Inside the hotel, the "home-suite-home" 1- and 2-bedroom suites are a great option for groups and families.
For a lot of travelers, exploring deep into Denali National Park, far from the crowds, sounds like the ideal way to experience the famous park. But not everyone wants to rough it out there—which is why this lodge is the perfect balance, a comfortable perch in seriously remote wilderness.
Located within a 1700 acre native-owned wildlife sanctuary in the heart of Kenai Fjords National Park, the central lodge and 16 guest cabins of Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge have full views of Pedersen Glacier and easy access to wildlife-viewing adventures. The elegantly rustic lodge and secluded guest cabins pair modern comfort and environmental stewardship.
This resort is a collection of private cottages set along the scenic Chena River. The owners wanted to create a private experience that was also conveniently located, and that encouraged guests to experience the outdoors. River’s Edge Resort does just that. The location is not far from town, but just outside each cottage guests can take a walk along the river or enjoy the floral displays across the property.
Set on a hill, this 166-room hotel offers a bright, contemporary version on the classic rustic lodge style with native Alaska art in the lobbies. The lodge features a vaulted ceiling, comfortable lounges facing a stone fireplace, gift shop, tour desk, guest laundry, courtesy shuttle service and the Alpenglow Restaurant. The rooms feature colorful Alaskan décor and, at about 300 square feet, are some of the largest in the area. For even more space and privacy, choose one of the six Grande Cabins, which sleep four and feature kitchenettes, queen-size beds, private decks and hardwood floors.
Driftwood Inn presents a variety of lodging options, including hotel rooms, deluxe lodges, a family cottage, and an RV park—all of which have great views of Bishop’s Beach and Kachemak Bay. This family-owned and -operated inn and has free Wi-Fi, coffeemakers in most rooms, and a cozy lobby with a fireplace. And you’re within walking distance of coffee shops, bakeries, bookstores, and restaurants.
Located just north of downtown Fairbanks, the Holiday Inn Express Fairbanks is close to both shopping and the airport. You’ll be able to enjoy all the amenities like an indoor pool and spa, business center, exercise room, and guest laundry.
Located on the top two floors of the 14-story Begich Towers, June’s Whittier Condo Suites have Whittier’s best views of the water, harbor, mountains, and train station through their floor-to-ceiling windows. And even though you’ll be staying in high-rise digs, the suites have a distinctly homey feel, from the full kitchens to Alaska-themed rooms with Wi-Fi.
This 86-room lodge not only has endless views over a vast valley, but it also sits on the banks of the Kenai River, which teems with fish. With vaulted ceilings made of naturally finished wood, cozy sitting areas with wood-burning stoves and private porches, it’s easy to feel like the whole place is yours. The area is famous for its fishing, but you also have easy access to Kenai Fjords National Park, a wild land filled with glaciers, marine life and mountains. Go for a wildlife-viewing cruise, or just go for a stroll along the lodge’s own nature trail.
If you’re looking for an intimate setting right on a river, try The Cabins at Denali Park Village. You’ll find 52 individual rustic cabins nestled among the trees on the banks of the Nenana River. Here, you’ll avoid the tourist crowds as you hike along the river for your own wilderness experience.
The Anchorage Downtown Marriott has several advantages. The first is the trusted Marriott brand; knowing you will be greeted with excellent customer service and that the rooms will be well appointed. The second is the location. You will have excellent views of the Anchorage Skyline, and it is within walking distance to many downtown locations. If nature is what you’re seeking, than the location can provide for that as well. The hotel is located near the Delaney Park strip and the scenic Tony Knowles Coastal trail.
Instead of staying right near the Park entrance, surrounded more by people and tour buses than wilderness, or deep in the park, where a stay calls for a greater commitment than many travelers can do, Denali Cabins offers an alternative. This collection of 46 cabins set in the woods—at mile 229 on the Parks Highway, and eight miles from the Park Entrance—offers the best of both options, and with plenty of comfort and convenience.
The Fairfield Inn & Suites is one of Anchorage’s newest hotels. It is conveniently located between the Airport and Downtown, has spacious rooms and plenty of amenities. The suite rooms come with separate living and sleeping areas, complete with flat screen TV’s and DVD players. This hotel is part of the Marriott Hotel Group, so you’ll enjoy the perks and services the chain is known for.
One of the reasons Princess has risen to be the largest cruise and tour company in Alaska is the huge investment they've made in their lodges. The spacious new main building of the Denali Princess Lodge is a prime example with a 50-foot mural of Mount McKinley, grand staircases, and a 65-foot fireplace. The resort offers casual and fine dining, an expansive deck overlooking the Nenana River and Denali National Park, and a long list of amenities. Auto access is restricted so you can really get away from it all. Located just one mile from the park entrance, the lodge lets you enjoy the rugged beauty of Denali National Park, then come back and be pampered for the rest of your stay.
Pike’s Waterfront Lodge in Fairbanks sits along the banks of the beautiful Chena River. Inside, you’ll find comfortable accommodations; outside are beautiful gardens and a greenhouse growing lettuce, strawberries, and tomatoes. Dine inside, or out on the waterfront deck. The hotel also has Wi-fi, to help you stay connected while on vacation.
The Hotel Captain Cook, in the heart of downtown Anchorage, has its own high-end health club, fine restaurants, and an atmosphere of muted elegance. The décor recounts Cook’s voyages of long ago, but this 20-story, 546-room hotel with 96 suites is thoroughly modern. It also offers excellent views of downtown and the Chugach Mountains, along with a chance to see Mt. McKinley.
Alaska Heavenly Lodge offers the best of both worlds: all the seclusion and luxury normally associated with fly-in lodges, as well as the affordability and convenience of being on the road system. Built in 1974, Alaska Heavenly Lodge is made up of three hand-hewn log cabins. The Main Lodge features a full kitchen, a 16-person dining room table, a comfy sitting area with a wood-burning fireplace, a loft library, and a deck overlooking the Kenai River. But it’s far from rustic: Wi-Fi, flat-screen televisions, and a Jacuzzi bring the lodge fully into the 21st century.
May - September
If you are looking for an Alaskan getaway that is beautiful, remote and rustic, Otter Cove makes the perfect destination. Located in Eldred Passage, a short water taxi trip from Homer, Otter Cove lets you explore this idyllic corner of Alaska by kayaking, hiking, wandering a beach, taking photos or just relaxing. You can even stay the night in Otter Cove’s cabins, nestled in the lush coastal forest off Kachemak Bay.
A part of the locally owned Fountainhead Hotel Group. Sophie Station Suites has 149 suites that are perfect for business travelers or vacationing families. All are one-bedroom units and come with a balcony and full kitchen. And if you don’t want to cook, you can get all three meals at the restaurant, Zach’s.
Looking for an intimate and accessible getaway with an authentic Alaskan feel? Alaska Wildland Adventure's Kenai Riverside Lodge will fit the bill, with just 16 cabins set on the Kenai River, surrounded by 3,000-foot snow-capped mountains. This easy-access riverside lodge has a remote feel, but is still right on the road system. Meals are served family-style, creating a more intimate experience, and allowing you to mingle with fellow guests and your guides. Spend your day hiking, fishing, or strolling down a self-guided trail. At night, take in a naturalist program, enjoy a wood-fired sauna, or just relax on the riverside deck by the fire pit.
The Dimond Center Hotel offers a uniquely Alaskan alternative to the well-known chains. It’s set in one of Anchorage’s busiest shopping districts and located near plenty of activities. Guests can easily access golfing and hiking in the summer months, as well as skiing trails in the winter.
Just 2.5 Hours from Fairbanks on the Richardson Highway, The Lodge at Black Rapids is an undiscovered gem.The peaks of the Alaska Range, trout-filled lakes, swift rivers, and alpine tundra surround the lodge, which is named for the Black Rapids glacier. The owners built the Lodge over nearly 10 years, designing it to fit into the landscape. There are six rooms in addition to the bunkhouse, with queen beds and private baths. Large windows overlook the deck and mountains making it easy to lounge in your room. It is a perfect base for adventures set off of the Richardson Highway, where you can enjoy great hikes, fishing holes, and bike rides.
This lodge offers a unique wilderness experience. Set on Fox Island, it is accessible only by boat from Seward, and is a true escape from civilization. Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge has 8 cabins which do not have televisions; the focus here is on nature. Go out on a naturalist-guided walk, or take a kayak excursion and look for whales that swim right up to the shore. At the end of the day, enjoy the company of others around the campfire.
Within a mile of the hotel, there are two good restaurant options—Pizza by Guido and Black Angus Steakhouse—as well as Cuddy Family Midtown Park. If you're heading out to the airport, you can take the hotel's free shuttle, but given its central location, this hotel offers an easy on-ramp to adventures in Anchorage, as well as the highways heading out into the rest of Alaska. It makes a good first stop on your Alaska adventure, or a comfortable perch before you head back home.
The Ultima Thule Lodge offers you two extremes—though extremes of the best kind possible. This unique and private lodge is one of the most luxurious places to stay in Alaska—they’ve hosted both the rich and famous—but it’s also tucked inside the vast wilds of the nation’s largest, and most remote, national park. Second generation hosts, Paul and Donna Claus (he an internationally revered bush pilot, she a retired ski racer and first class chef) offer a personalized, bush-safari experience that is equal parts plush splendor and authentic adventure.
Want to find out where Alaskans take their visitors? Visit McCarthy Lodge and the Ma Johnson Hotel for an experience National Geographic calls “authentic, sustainable, memorable.” McCarthy offers small-town charm nestled among spectacular glaciers and mountains – in a national park twice the size of Denali. Equally impressive is that it is the only accommodation and restaurant recommended by Michelin Guide for the McCarthy-Kennicott area. It’s off-the-beaten path, but its authentic flavor and fine dining options make it worth the trip. We call it progressive-remote. You might call it heaven.
The Voyager Inn in the heart of downtown Anchorage offers guests a sense of history with an updated look. Renovated rooms and suites include luxurious bedding and linens, stylish seating, plush carpeting, designer bathrooms and kitchenettes with new granite countertops.
June - October, February & March
On the shores of 50-mile long Lake Clark, Stonewood Lodge is a high-end retreat for visitors who want an exclusive – and all-inclusive – getaway to wild Alaska, in the midst of prime bear viewing, trophy fishing and backcountry adventuring. There is a dynamic mix of ecosystems – from coastal rainforests and tundra to vast mountain ranges, glaciers and still-active volcanoes. Step off the porch and enter a wilderness where you may see wolf, moose and bear tracks just off the deck! There are no crowds, no roads – only dramatic views and endless opportunities for experiencing authentic Alaska.
Kantishna is a historic goldmining district in the backcountry of Denali National Park. Among the most remote areas of the park, you can stay in a cozy cabin and spend your days playing, exploring and relaxing in the wilderness. Kantishna Roadhouse is the only lodge in the area with a full-service saloon.
This lodge offers spectacular views of Mount McKinley and is situated within Denali State Park on the banks of the Chulitna River. Rooms offer nine-foot ceilings and fans; some offer amazing mountain views. When you’re not in your room, relax in the Great Room with its huge stone fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows. Or, step outside and stroll one of the three nature trails, either on your own or on a guided, park ranger-led walk.
Outside of pitching a tent on a beach with the bears, you can’t stay any closer to the heart of Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve. The Glacier Bay Lodge, with its massive timbers, huge stone fireplace, network of boardwalks and rooms tucked into the trees, is the only lodging available within park boundaries. Fabulous views, a full-service restaurant, trails through the rainforest, camping and kayak drop-offs, mountain-bike and fishing-gear rentals, shuttle service, and more.
Only in Alaska can you step out your hotel door to a salmon stream, and then wander up the hill to the heart of a metropolis. While the location is ideal, this hotel offers much more. Amenities include a heated indoor pool, exercise room, business center, and even fishing poles, if you want to try your luck catching a salmon in Ship Creek. All the rooms have coffee makers and in-room movies; some even offer whirlpool tubs and kitchenettes. There’s also plenty of parking, if you're renting a car.
June 10 - September 5
Remote and exclusive, this family-owned lodge north of the Arctic Circle offers independent travelers an experience far off the grid. The summer high season brings fabulous hiking, fishing or floating under the Midnight Sun—but you’ll still be able to relax in comfort, and never feel like you’re roughing it.
The Hilton Anchorage is not just the largest—and most centrally-located—full-service hotel in Anchorage. It’s also the tallest, so you get the best view of the city, plus the best views of mountains and the Cook Inlet. With restaurants, business centers, concierge, room service, and more, the hotel offers everything you’ve come to expect from Hilton yet in an unexpectedly beautiful place.
Located seven miles from the park entrance, The Lodge at Denali Park Village gets you far enough from the hustle and bustle so that you can focus on the quiet sounds of nature—like the sound of a river rushing by. Set on 20 acres of a spruce forest along the Nenana River, the lodge offers rooms spread out among seven two-story buildings. This is the place to get back to nature, while enjoying the luxuries of the lodge.