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Springhill Suites Fairbanks

Located in central Fairbanks on the banks of the Chena River, the Springhill Suites Fairbanks enjoys proximity to the downtown district, visitor center and numerous restaurants. Large studio-suite rooms...

Springhill Suites Fairbanks

Location
Fairbanks, Alaska

Located in central Fairbanks on the banks of the Chena River, the Springhill Suites Fairbanks enjoys proximity to the downtown district, visitor center and numerous restaurants. Large studio-suite rooms are smartly designed and stylishly furnished with one king or two double beds, plus a sofa bed. Each includes a host of amenities including free Wi-Fi, deluxe bedding, mini-fridge and microwave. Start your morning with a full hot breakfast buffet. Lavelle's Bistro is open for dinner and serves eclectic fare. Unwind in the fully equipped fitness center, swim in the heated indoor pool, and soak in the whirlpool spa. The Springhill Suites Fairbanks is a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award winner.

Kantishna Roadhouse

Natural Habitat's Alaska trips differ from most others in that we take pains to stay as close to nature as possible and away from crowds. This is especially important in popular locales like Denali National Park...

Kantishna Roadhouse

Location
Denali National Park, Alaska

Natural Habitat's Alaska trips differ from most others in that we take pains to stay as close to nature as possible and away from crowds. This is especially important in popular locales like Denali National Park, where we seek to provide our small groups a genuine wilderness experience. That's why we stay at Kantishna Roadhouse deep within the park, surrounded by epic scenery and wildlife, not tourist throngs and gift shops. Kantishna Roadhouse, which dates to the early 20th-century gold rush in the area, is one of only three lodges inside Denali National Park, situated well beyond the boundary where park tour buses operate. Its remote location 90 miles from the park entrance allows guests an exclusive encounter with wild Interior Alaska, in solitude. 

This historic backcountry lodge provides this rare experience for very few travelers each season. Guests arrive by private bus and settle in to cozy cabins built of Alaskan white spruce logs. Simple yet deluxe by Alaskan wilderness standards, the duplex and four-plex cabins have charming rustic decor including knotty-pine wainscoting and log beam ceilings, one queen or two full beds with down comforters and quilts, and private en suite bathrooms. Each has an outdoor veranda with benches for quiet moments observing nature. Cabins are conveniently located near the main lodge, which is the central gathering place. Enjoy lounge space around a crackling fire, peruse the upstairs library with its arge collection of Alaskan books, DVDs, puzzles and games; relax on the second-story screened porch overlooking Moose Creek; have a drink in the saloon, and savor hearty meals in the dining room. Dishes are prepared with the freshest ingredients possible, including vegetables grown in the large backyard greenhouse. Breads and pastries are baked fresh daily, and the menu often features fresh salmon, halibut and cod from Alaskan waters. Outside, a wraparound deck with rocking chairs beckons guests to sit back with a glass of wine and soak up the sublime scenery. 

Kantishna Roadhouse aspires to be considerate of the environment. Electricity is produced on site by a 100kw diesel generator, making it a precious commodity that must be carefully conserved. As such, electrical appliances such as hair dryers, coffee pots, irons and electric alarm clocks are not provided in the rooms. Battery-operated alarm clocks are available at the front desk. Due to its exceptionally remote location, there is no radio, television, cell phone service or Internet access at the Roadhouse. A satellite payphone is available on the property for outgoing calls. This is truly a rare opportunity to unplug and experience an interlude of supreme peace and quiet. You won't want for things to do while you're here, though. A variety of daily activities is offered, including guided hikes, mountain bike rides, fishing, naturalist programs and the chance to observe wildlife and experience the stunning grandeur of Denali at far closer range than most visitors are fortunate to enjoy.

North Face Lodge

One of just three accommodations located deep within Denali National Park, North Face Lodge enjoys a stunning and remote setting 90 miles into the park's interior near the end of the single road...


North Face Lodge

Location
Denali National Park, Alaska

One of just three accommodations located deep within Denali National Park, North Face Lodge enjoys a stunning and remote setting 90 miles into the park's interior near the end of the single road. The intimate inn is located 1.5 miles from Wonder Lake via foot path or bicycle, with views of eight major peaks of the Alaska Range including the glaciated mass of Denali, "the Great One," which rises directly behind the lake. Surrounded by a sweeping expanse of subarctic tundra, the family-owned and operated lodge provides accommodations in 15 modern guest rooms with en suite bathrooms. Knotty pine walls lend a rustic, cozy feel. Most rooms have two twin beds, and a few have one queen, which can be reserved on request (and are assigned in the order requests are received). A common veranda leads to the main sitting room with inviting fireplace, the casual dining room with a high beamed ceiling, and a library featuring an excellent collection of natural history and "Alaskana" titles. A spacious outdoor patio offers spectacular views of the Alaska Range. 

Food is a highlight at North Face Lodge, which might be surprising given the extreme remoteness of the location. In recent years, however, small-scale agriculture has grown significantly in Alaska, and the lodge sources produce from small regional farms such as Denali Organic Growers and Rosie Creek Farm, supplying lettuces, hardy greens, onions, carrots, potatoes, squash and more. Pork, elk and reindeer meat also come from animals raised in-state, while all breads, pastries and desserts are homemade and baked on site. Making sure meals are sourced as locally as possible means fresher taste and a lower environmental footprint.

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner, sits atop a bluff above the rustic hamlet of Talkeetna on the south side of Denali, offering magnificent views of...

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

Location
Talkeetna, Alaska

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner, sits atop a bluff above the rustic hamlet of Talkeetna on the south side of Denali, offering magnificent views of "The Great One" and the Alaska Range. Talkeetna has long been the jumping-off point for climbing expeditions to Denali, and the historic town retains a rough-and-tumble charm. But the lodge itself, situated on 640 acres, provides a luxurious respite from the Alaskan wild. Guest rooms are located in three different lodge buildings, all constructed with massive timbers and stonework—160 tons of rock collected from the Matanuska River are incorporate throughout the lodge's design and decor. The central feature of the main Great Room is the 46-foot tall river rock fireplace, and various animal designs have been crafted in stone in the pillars at the lodge entrance. The enormous logs in the Great Room are from beetle-killed spruce trees from the Ninilchik area, and the ceiling is constructed of knotty pine. Throughout the lodge, the trim is crafted using birch from Trapper Creek.  

Spacious 364-square-foot guest rooms have two queen beds or one king, a private bath, hair dryer, writing desk, coffee maker, satellite television, telephone, and optional wireless Internet. Fine food and drink is available in the Foraker Dining Room, while casual fare is served at the Base Camp Bistro and Lounge. The Tokosha Coffee & Gift Shop in the main lodge carries a variety of souvenirs and authentic Alaska Native art, as well as your favorite espresso drinks.

Hotel Alyeska

Designed to integrate Alaska Native heritage with modern luxury, the chateau-style Hotel Alyeska is one of Alaska's finest accommodations. Located within the Alyeska Resort in a lush...

Hotel Alyeska

Location
Girdwood, Alaska

Designed to integrate Alaska Native heritage with modern luxury, the chateau-style Hotel Alyeska is one of Alaska's finest accommodations. Located within the Alyeska Resort in a lush valley near the historic mining-supply town of Girdwood, the hotel provides visitors access to stupendous mountain environs via a mountaintop tram, with plenty of enticing hiking and walking trails. Views from the summit take in the length of Turnagain Arm and the glacier-clad peaks of the Chugach Range and Kenai Mountains. The renowned "Seven Glaciers" AAA 4-diamond restaurant located on top of the mountain (accessed by the tram) is an enticing option for a gourmet meal (not included) during your free evening at the resort. 

The hotel, built in 1994, underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation in 2007, bringing interiors and guest rooms to a new level of luxury. Expansive rooms feature elegant decor in rich natural colors, Alaska Native artwork and Edward Curtis photographs, plush new carpets, premier pillow-top mattresses, satellite TV, MP3 clock radio, complimentary wireless Internet access, mini refrigerator and in-room safe. Large bathrooms have heated towel racks, lighted make-up mirror, hair dryer, bathrobes and slippers for guests' comfort and convenience. Starbucks' in-room coffee and complimentary bottled water are provided. Hotel amenities include several restaurants and a bar, 24-hour room service, a full-service spa, pool and whirlpool, and fitness center.

Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge

A short, scenic boat ride from Seward brings guests to a rare backcountry experience at Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge. This remote outpost is located on a privately owned parcel of land on Fox Island...

Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge

Location
Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska

A short, scenic boat ride from Seward brings guests to a rare backcountry experience at Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge. This remote outpost is located on a privately owned parcel of land on Fox Island in Resurrection Bay, surrounded by Kenai Fjords National Park. Tucked in the woods between a pebble beach and quiet island lagoon, the lodge provides a serene retreat amid some of Alaska's grandest landscapes. Just 18 guests are accommodated in eight cozy log cabins situated on a narrow peninsula of land near the main day lodge. All cabins are on the waterfront, with some facing the freshwater lagoon while others survey the bay. All cabins have one queen bed and one queen sofa-sleeper, with premium linens; en suite bathroom with shower; propane heating; solar-powered electric lights; and a battery-powered alarm clock.

The main lodge has immense two-story windows that look out across Halibut Cove, where guests should a lookout for sea lions or humpback whales occasionally come into view. Fine dining is a highlight at the lodge, and guests will enjoy innovative meals infused with seasonal ingredients found around Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. The executive chef and kitchen staff enjoy welcoming guests and are happy to share their techniques and recipes. 

The Fox Island setting is magnificent, with glacier-iced peaks towering over the waters rich in marine life. During our stay we will have the opportunity to paddle sea kayaks in search of wildlife. No prior experience is necessary, and our guides will assist even the most rank beginner. We also enjoy a private wildlife cruise on a small chartered vessel, looking for puffins, sea lions, otters and perhaps even whales. It's a vivid contrast to other boat trips where a hundred or more travelers jam the decks. 

Anchorage Marriott Downtown

This upscale contemporary hotel in the heart of downtown Anchorage is ideally situated in walking distance of local dining, shopping and attractions. Large, colorful rooms feature plush...

Anchorage Marriott Downtown

Location
Anchorage, Alaska

This upscale contemporary hotel in the heart of downtown Anchorage is ideally situated in walking distance of local dining, shopping and attractions. Large, colorful rooms feature plush bedding, high-speed Internet access, flat screen cable TV, writing desk and oversized picture windows that frame striking views of downtown Anchorage, the Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet. After a busy day of sightseeing, unwind in the hotel's fitness center, indoor pool or whirlpool. The Cafe Promenade serves fresh, locally sourced meals in a casual setting. The hotel is proud to the recipient of TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence. 

Brooks Lodge

World-famous Brooks Lodge is one of the best places on Earth to view giant Alaskan brown bears—the world's largest grizzlies—at close range. The lodge, originally conceived as a fishing camp, overlooks the Brooks River...


Brooks Lodge

Location
Katmai National Park, Alaska

World-famous Brooks Lodge is one of the best places on Earth to view giant Alaskan brown bears—the world's largest grizzlies—at close range. The lodge, originally conceived as a fishing camp, overlooks the Brooks River in the heart of Katmai National Park and has been in operation since 1950. From the lodge's 16 rustic cabins, it is an easy mile walk to viewing platforms overlooking Brooks Falls, where bears famously fish for salmon as they fatten up for hibernation during winter's long freeze. In September, bears are seen everywhere in the area, not just at the falls.

Accommodations are rustic but comfortable, requiring 3 to 4 travelers to share rooms with bunk beds. Here, we match travelers by gender (or by couples, depending on the group). The cabins have private bathroom facilities. Any inconvenience caused by having to share a cabin is more than outweighed by the spectacular show the bears put on, however!  The main lodge enjoys a splendid view of Naknek Lake and surrounding forest. Its large circular fireplace is a popular spot for relaxing in the evenings and sharing stories about the day's adventures. Hearty Alaskan fare is served buffet-style three times a day in the lodge dining room. Cocktails are available for purchase at the bar each afternoon and evening.

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