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.
Mid-May thru Mid-September
The Denali Bluffs is the closest to park entrance. The lobby greets you with a warm fireplace and large windows that look out onto the patio. If it’s a nice day, sit outside and enjoy a meal at the Mountaineer Grill & Bar. The 112 original Hillside Rooms and the new 64 room addition, the RiverView Premium Rooms, are nestled in to the shoulder of Sugarloaf Mountain, above the Denali National Park entrance. The hotel is designed to make guests feel at one with nature—rooms are housed in 16 buildings, all disbursed along the resort’s trail system.
Anchorage's newest hotel is located in the midtown area and offers some great amenities. You'll find an outdoor fire pit and a family-friendly gallery, perfect for relaxing and getting to know fellow guests. Plus, half of the rooms have living areas and full kitchens.
Local charm imbues this location of the national chain, starting with the lobby's very Alaskan feel. Some rooms offer gorgeous views of the Chugach Mountains, and the restaurant features a chef with an award-winning chili.
Lighthouses have long inspired fascination, but getting to sleep in one is a special treat. This vacation rental ups the ante by also offering a wonderfully unique way to see wildlife and explore a tranquil island, a five-minute water taxi ride from Sitka. With two bedrooms, the lighthouse sleeps about 6. The main level has a full kitchen, living room, dining room, and full bathroom—and outside decks that wrap around the entire property.
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.
This privately-owned downtown establishment dates back to 1939, but was completely renovated recently for an historic feel with modern amenities. You can’t beat the location, in the heart of Sitka’s historic district, where several landmarks from the National Registry are just minutes from your door. Adding to the convenience is an on-site restaurant, with a varied menu offering breakfast, lunch and dinner choices ranging from seafood (naturally!) to steak.
This all-suite, extended-stay hotel offers space and amenities that make it great for famillies. There's even a grocery-shopping service available to stock your fridge. And from Monday-Thursday you'll find an evening reception offering light dinner and free beer and wine.
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.
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.
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.
With clean, modern decor, accented by Alaskan artwork, this downtown Fairbanks hotel mixes mainstream comforts and authentic local flavor. For business travelers, SpringHill Suites by Marriott Fairbanks puts you right in the heart of the city, with easy access (and a free shuttle) to the airport; for leisure travelers, this is a great way to get the most from Fairbanks’ city amenities year-round, and a great jumping-off point for aurora viewing late August to early April.
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
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.
This Victorian-style, 114-room inn captures the spirit of the Klondike Trail with its Victorian decor, rustic setting and warm Alaskan hospitality. Located next to Skagway's historic district, it's convenient for shopping and entertainment in town. Perks include free ferry/airport pickup, free parking, Alaska Airlines Mileage plan and a guest computer.
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.
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.
Views abound at this unique downtown hotel, and each of the 200 oversized rooms has a balcony to look out at the Chugach Mountains and Inlet. Or just wander through the property and appreciate the Alaskan art and photographs.
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.
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.
This luxury resort, 40 miles from Anchorage in the town of Girdwood, is surrounded by seven glaciers. The spectacular scenery is popular in summer as well as winter, when you'll find a full-on ski resort. It's a romantic option that's equally great for families.
This hotel is located near the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry Terminal and Juneau International Airport. Remodeled in 2008, the Juneau Travelodge Hotel has a bright, sunny, atmosphere—and stays fresh by being 100-percent non-smoking. If you’ve come to Juneau to fish, the hotel even offers a large freezer for fish boxes ($10 a day). While at the hotel, you can also take advantage of the heated indoor pool and gym area. To get downtown (9 miles away), just ask for the free shuttle.
Built atop a high bluff, the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge overlooks the Susitna River Valley and surveys the entire Alaska Range, with Denali (Mt. McKinley) right in the middle. On a clear day, all of the common rooms (plus 72 guest rooms) offer this same fabulous panorama. Take in the view as you take advantage of their renowned chef and award-winning wine list.
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.
This tiny cove, 10 miles from Seward, offers a combination of unplugged bliss, cool yurt living, and a kayaker’s paradise. The two “unplugged” yurts each come with a queen-size bed and full size sofa bed, a table and chairs, linens, and a kitchenette. You get unlimited use of kayaks during your stay—and given the amount of sunlight during summer, that means you can be paddling in and out of coves at midnight if you feel like it!
This locally owned boutique hotel, set in the heart of downtown, features 31 large suites with living rooms, bedrooms, and full kitchens. Step out the door and be within walking distance of Anchorage's highlights, as well as downtown restaurants and shopping.
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.
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.
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.
Not many hotels can say that every room has a great view, but Ocean Shores was designed that way. Each room features views of Kachemak Bay and the surrounding mountains. Just a short walk away, you can walk along the beach and go tidepooling. Or explore the nearby town of Homer.
The logo for the Soldotna B&B Lodge says it all: a guest who’s lounging in bed—while also fishing. This family-run fishing lodge directly on the Kenai River offers a relaxing place to soak up the sights and sounds of nature, while also delivering a front-row opportunity to do some of Alaska’s most famous, exciting fishing. All stays carry a two-night minimum, but most guests stay longer (an average of 5-7 days), which is easy to do given the setting and the number of activities available. All packages include breakfast, lunch, and a welcome gift, as well as your gear, guides, and fishing licenses.
One- and two-bedroom suites (that can sleep up to 7 people) make this centrally located hotel a great choice for families. Plus, you'll find made-to-order breakfasts, along with the option of taking them to go, if you have early morning activities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jan - March & June 1 - Oct 7
This fly-in wilderness lodge on a private lake in the Talkeetna Mountains is a great place to unplug. Choose from 3 private cabins and enjoy home-cooked meals served family style with other guests. Take guided walks to look for wildlife or wild berries, or just relax and enjoy the peace and blissful views.
The Alaskan Kennicott Glacier Lodge is a replica of one of the historic copper-mining buildings. It’s a luxurious property that sits in the heart of the ghost town and the center of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, surrounded by spruce and mountains. Curl up by the fireplace with a book, enjoy the home-cooked meals, and linger with a glass of wine on the deck that nearly juts out over the Kennicott Glacier. Choose from either the Main Lodge, or the New South Wing – then venture out to tour the Historic Mill, or go on a Glacier Trek.
With a check-out time of 1pm and accommodations for late-night check-ins, this hotel offers comfort and flexibility. Plus, you'll be located just minutes from the airport.
With a check-out time of 1pm and accommodations for late-night check-ins, this hotel offers…
Phone: (907) 245-5002
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.
At Camp Denali, you’ll immerse yourself in a remote backcountry, but with a cozy bed to settle into each night. Take in the quiet of the surrounding wilderness and enjoy the simple, sustainable amenities for around 38 guests. Here, the balance of “light touch on the land” and providing a comfortable stay is perfected. Refined rustic guest cabins, each of which claims a unique view of Denali, sleep from two to six people.
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.