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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 10 to September 15
Leave from the Seward Boat Harbor and ferry out to a private one-acre island and remote peninsula 9 miles southeast of Seward in Humpy Cove. You'll experience complete immersion in the wonders of wild coastal Alaska, and stay in spacious, bright yurts (circular, reinforced tent-like structures) that are also 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Late May through mid September
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Alaska Native owned and operated, the Seward Windsong Lodge is a full-service lodge set in a glacier valley, surrounded by the forest. Just eight miles from Exit Glacier and four miles from Seward, the lodge offers a peaceful retreat from the bustle of downtown; a free shuttle provides access to town, tours, and transportation. Perhaps the best amenity, though, is the sound of the gentle flow of the Resurrection River from your room. No surprise, many guests say their best night of sleep during their entire Alaska trip happened right here. Evidence of Seward's industrial side does appear in the area (i.e. a nearby gravel operation), but it doesn't dominate the scenic beauty.
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.
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.
Just minutes from Ted Stevens International Airport, this 79-room hotel in the Spenard area of the city offers all the perks that on-the-go travelers need: free wifi, a free breakfast and comfortable rooms (including several suites) done in blond woods and crisp whites and colors.
Just minutes from Ted Stevens International Airport, this 79-room hotel in the Spenard area…
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This native Alaskan-owned 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.
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.
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.
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.
Built atop a high bluff, the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge overlooks the Susitna River Valley and surveys the entire Alaska Range, with 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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.