May 10 to September 15
Experience complete immersion in the wonders of wild coastal Alaska, and stay in spacious, bright yurts (circular, reinforced tent-like structures) on a private one-acre island. Inside, the yurts are warm and comfy, outside you'll find private decks, as well as boardwalks and fire rings. They also provide complimentary sea kayaks, rowboat, and fishing gear. All of this is just a 9-mile boat ride from the Seward Boat Harbor.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Set on the banks of the Chena River, the 325-room Fairbanks Princess Hotel boasts all the atmosphere of a wilderness lodge, yet it’s also one of the city’s most luxurious properties. It’s also conveniently located, close to the airport, shops, and restaurants. You can take a shuttle downtown to enjoy the sites, or enjoy walking around the various gardens and trails on the lodge property. When it is time to dine, enjoy the elegant Edgewater Restaurant, or the more casual Trackers Restaurant.
May to September
Alaska’s Ridgewood Wilderness Lodge is a premier, full-service destination lodge in Halibut Cove adjacent to the Kachemak Bay State Park. Your hosts understand that experiencing Alaska’s great outdoors is a primary goal for those active in mind and spirit, so they have designed numerous guided adventures to choose from, including hiking, glacier kayaking & wildlife viewing. You can also add-on a fishing charter or bear viewing tour during your stay. This is Alaska as you imagine it, an exceptional journey from start to finish.
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.
Luxury-resort living and Alaska-style adventure co-exist beautifully at this beloved hotel just 40 miles from Anchorage. Located in the resort town of Girdwood, this hotel sits tucked amid the Chugach Mountains on Alaska's south-central coast, and has a backdrop of glaciers, bald eagles, and towering spruce trees. Stay here and you’ll be in for a treat—as well as the chance to experience some bucket-list adventures.
Overlook the Nenana River in rustic elegance at the McKinley Chalet Resort, a recently remodeled upscale hotel just one mile from the Denali Park entrance. Heavy on cedar, the lodge has several buildings tucked into forest, all connected by boardwalks, and this Swiss chalet feel makes it more intimate than its 478 rooms suggest. Choose from deluxe rooms or upscale, cedar-lodge mini-sites. The “upper” rooms at the McKinley Chalet have great views of the river, while “lower” rooms are situated in a quiet spruce forest along the shore of the Nenana River.
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.
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.
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.
Indeed, the Harbor 360 Hotel has a pretty literal name: Located on Seward’s waterfront, this 90 room hotel offers stunning 360-degree views: You’ll see the Seward Small Boat Harbor and Resurrection Bay if you book a Harborside room, or the Kenai Mountains if you book a Mountainside room.
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.
Alaskan adventures and great lodging await at the Great Alaskan Adventure Lodge. This all-inclusive experience lets you drive or fly in to the property, which sits on 25 acres at the confluence of two rivers. An old homestead with cabins and luxury tent options, the lodge makes for a comfortable stay. You’ll also find an array of adventures—everything from great fishing to glacier cruising. The owners have been perfecting their itineraries for 30 years, so they’re bound to be adventures that you’ll remember for a lifetime.
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.
You're just a few minutes from downtown Fairbanks and all the major shopping sights, but at this 157-room resort hotel—part of the city’s renowned Fountainhead Hotels family— you’ll feel like you've found a quiet place in the wilderness.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
Just one mile from the airport, the Holiday Inn Express in Anchorage is perfect for travelers en route. With its prime location and a wealth of complimentary amenities, the 3-story hotel offers an attractive accommodations option for both business and leisure travelers. The 128 rooms are spacious and feature comfortable bedding, a coffeemaker, refrigerator, microwave, as well as complimentary breakfast.
The Puffin has four levels of rooms, from super-basic single accommodations to bigger suites where a family can spread out. It’s just a short walk down to Lake Hood, and an easy walk or drive to many of the best sites in Anchorage—such as Chugach State Park and the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. Guests can use with the hotel’s free airport shuttle as well.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Anchorage’s new Hyatt House Anchorage is a convenient and comfortable option, whether you’re staying one night or need living space for an extended time. Located in Anchorage’s Midtown, the Hyatt is a quick shuttle ride to and from the airport or to other popular business and tourist destinations.
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.
June 10 – July 13 and July 21 – August 31
Get off the grid and into wild Alaska on a fishing getaway where you’re treated like family and fed like royalty. Arrive by floatplane to a quiet stretch of the Deshka River and a comfy wilderness lodge. Then spend a few days questing for King salmon, silvers, and trout along miles of peaceful, picturesque riverbank.
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.
There’s no TV and no bar (byob), just the quiet of surrounding wilderness and simple, sustainable amenities for around 38 guests that have remained true to the founders’ conviction to maintain a light touch on the land. Rustic guest cabins, each of which claims a unique view of Denali, sleep from two to six people.
Situated in downtown Fairbanks, this property blends the atmosphere of an intimate, European inn with the amenities of a much larger hotel. Fountainhead Hotels is a locally owned and independent company, and the Bridgewater is its most intimate property. Every morning, wake up to the breakfast buffet of fresh fruit and reindeer sausage.
This downtown hotel is conveniently located, and every room has a private balcony, so you can step outside and take in the fantastic views. All 200 rooms are oversized, giving you room to spread out and settle in, even if it's just for a night before you catch a train to Denali. Executive Suites include king beds, a wet bar, and fridge, while Full Suites offer king beds with a sitting parlor. The entire hotel is decorated with Alaskan art and photographs. If you need a night in, the hotel has great American and Alaskan food at the Solstice Bar and Grill.
The Lakefront Anchorage (formerly the Millennium Alaskan Hotel Anchorage) is situated on the shores of Lake Hood, which is the busiest float plane base in the world. Guests can dine at one of the onsite establishments, and watch the flights in action as they take off and land before their eyes. The hotel itself has the ambiance of a remote hunting lodge with the rock fireplace and animal mounts in the entrance.
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.
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.
Opened in 2009, this is one of the newest full-service hotels in the Anchorage area. Centrally located between downtown and the airport, it offers amenities like a 24-hour business center, a fitness center, and an airport shuttle, making it perfect for both business and leisure travelers.
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.