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.
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.
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.
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.
Want to let the kids romp on a beach beneath a million-dollar view of mile-high peaks? Paddle a pristine lake? Tucked into the woods at the northern foot of Eklutna Lake in Chugach State Park, this campground offers families unique access to a mountain wilderness valley laced with interesting features and 25-mile network of multi-use trails.
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 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.
Serenity and privacy are paramount at this intimate collection of five romantically rustic vacation rentals. Underground cabins and a yurt are just some of the unique rooms that make up this Homer property, all perched on a bluff with spectacular views of Kachemak Bay and the mountains beyond.
This comfortable 128-room hotel close to the airport is a solid choice for those arriving to or departing from Anchorage. Plus,…
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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.
Long popular with families who seek a wilderness-like setting without leaving the urban area, the place has a reputation for cleanliness and serenity. But you have to make peace with the river: it is loud. 57 campsites are nestled along three wooded lanes and the interesting gravel bars of Eagle River are never more than a few minutes’ walk away.
Anchorage's luxurious grande dame hotel is considered by some to be the finest hotel in Alaska. The 20-story, 546-room hotel offers amazing views of the Chugach Mountains and even Denali. You'll also find first-class restaurants and great amenities.
The view will likely be the first thing you notice at Alaskan Suites. Set about 20 feet from the edge of a bluff, the property features incredible views of Kachemak Bay, Cook Inlet, and the mountains beyond. It’s a view you can take in from the five romantically rustic cabins, the common-area hot tub, or the campfire pit. Do as most guests do: maximize your time here by staying at least two nights.
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.
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.
Set in a handsome birch forest overlooking Turnagain Arm, this campground in Chugach National Forest close to the historic village of Hope is a family classic. The 34 sites offer all the usual amenities (picnic table, campfire ring, outhouses, water pump) and are laid out with an eye toward privacy. Just 81 miles from Anchorage.
Peace-and-quiet meets easy-access at this country-style B&B on 10 acres in the heart of the Mat-Su Valley.The Garden Gate’s owner, Karen Harris, started the B&B back in 2002 when she opened her own home to guests— and she has been gradually expanding the B&B ever since, with seven cottages and a duplex-style building in addition to the main house.
Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend
Bertha Creek Campground is a great choice for a low-key campout in a recreational gold-panning area on a quiet loop where the kids won’t get lost. Located just south of Turnagain Pass in the Kenai Mountains about 65 miles south of Anchorage, the campground is tucked into an open forest beside the confluence of Bertha and Granite creeks at the base of steep mountains.
The owners of Camp Denali and North Face Lodge—deep inside Denali National Park—are known for offering unique, enriching experiences. But they also offer a big-city version of their hospitality in Anchorage: This 3-room inn provides easy access to city excursions as well as a great springboard for More...
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.
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!
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 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.
This upscale Marriott comes with some great views of mountains, inlet, and city skyline. Take it in, or get up close by walking the nearby Tony Knowles Coastal Trail or Delaney Park strip. You'll also be within walking distance of Anchorage's restaurants and shops.
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.
In downtown Talkeetna you can meet local artists, gold miners, and intrepid mountaineers, along with some of the town’s original homesteaders, like Don Devore. He and his wife Mavis offer homey lodging options at Denali Fireside Cabins & Suites within walking distance to Talkeetna’s varied activities. Their facility is sparkling clean, well maintained, and beautifully decorated.
Summer: June 1–September 22 // Winter: February 1–April (no vehicle access; travel by dog sled, snowmachine, or fat tire bicycle)
Live off-the-grid, Alaska-style, at this family-run bed-and-breakfast lodge off the Denali Highway, in the heart of Alaska. Camp or stay in a lodge room and indulge in the natural beauty surrounding you.
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.
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.
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.
Labor Day Weekend to Memorial Day Weekend
UPDATE: The campground will be temporarily closed beginning in 2019 due to the danger posed by trees infested with spruce-bark beetles. Rotting trees have been toppling. State parks plans to reopen the campground after the hazardous trees have been removed.
Camping by this 108-acre lake inside the Nancy Lake State Recreation Area near Willow feels like you’ve reached the end of the road. To the west stretches unbroken wilderness to the Alaska Range and beyond. And yet, the 97 sites in this friendly, heavily treed campground offer all the regular campground amenities of outhouses, fire rings, picnic tables and water pump.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Set on the banks of the Chena River, the 328-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.
The family-run Denali Grizzly Bear Resort offers a variety of accommodations, great amenities, and amazing views of mountains and the Nenana River. And its location, six miles south of the Denali National Park Visitors Center but outside the main tourist area, means you’ll have easy park access without feeling crowded. Choose from their hotel rooms, private cabins, or campground.
Quartz Creek campground is situated on the banks of sparkling Kenai Lake. This is a great spot to cool off on a hot day. Kenai Lake has a good sandy swimming beach and a trail that follows along nearby Quartz Creek. Cast your line for some awesome fly-fishing at the creek or look for the nearby horse stable for a scenic ride. If you want to try your hand at gold panning, head up the road to Crescent Creek campground. Here you'll find a quiet spot for some good fishing at Crescent Creek and Crescent Lake. Both campgrounds offer maintained sites, fire rings and flush toilets.
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
Mid May – Mid-September
Set on a hill, this 166-room hotel offers a bright, contemporary version on the classic rustic lodge style with native Alaska art in the lobbies. The lodge features a vaulted ceiling, comfortable lounges facing a stone fireplace, gift shop, tour desk, guest laundry, courtesy shuttle service and the Alpenglow Restaurant. The rooms feature colorful Alaskan décor and, at about 300 square feet, are some of the largest in the area. For even more space and privacy, choose one of the six Grande Cabins, which sleep four and feature kitchenettes, queen-size beds, private decks and hardwood floors.
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.
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.