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.
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.
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.
Climbing 16 stories, the full-service Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa combines 370 comfortable rooms with tons of amenities, right in downtown Anchorage. Step into the light-filled lobby atrium to find artwork and a unique jade staircase. You have access to the 24-hour fitness center located on the 15th floor. The fitness center was even included on the list of Top Ten Gym Views featured on CNN. Finally, to unwind from it all, visit the Sheraton ICE SPA located on the top floor.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 112-room 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. All rooms, decorated in warm woods and subtly country decor, are housed in 12 buildings along the resort’s trails, and are well appointed with many amenities.You will have great views of the Alaska Range, especially if you can reserve a room with a balcony The overall atmosphere is down-to-earth and relaxed, making it easy to unwind after a long day of travel or adventures.
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 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.
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.
This lodge, like Camp Denali, was homesteaded in the 1950s, but unlike the cabin style lodging, The North Face Lodge is quaintly decorated like a casual country inn. The lodge can hold about 36 guests, who all enjoy multi-day stays complete with cultural history, guided hikes, field trips and evening programs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 to September
Alaska’s Ridgewood Wilderness Lodge is a premier, full-service destination lodge in Halibut Cove – also renowned for Diana Tillion's Cove Gallery, the Halibut Cove Experience Gallery, and the Saltry Restaurant. Alaska’s Ridgewood Wilderness Lodge is adjacent to the Kachemak Bay State Park, Kachemak Bay Wilderness Park, and the Kenai National Fjords. This is Alaska as you imagine it – an experience rich in both flora and fauna, a unique and remarkable natural heritage, and an exceptional journey from start to finish.
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.
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…
Phone: (907) 245-5002
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.