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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
June & July, Fall by request
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.