Unique Places to Stay in Alaska

Alaskan residents have an incredible relationship with the land around them. Many who stay in Alaska live off-grid, without traditional amenities like power or water. While you may not want to rough it completely, there are many unique lodging options available to give you a taste of that authentic Alaskan experience.

Alpenglow Luxury Camping – Glacier View

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The hand-crafted, cedar wood hot tub at Alpenglow provides paramount views into the Matanuska Valley

Located in Glacier View (just a couple hours outside of Anchorage) this glamping site gives you a rustic Alaskan experience with all the amenities to make your stay comfortable. Spend your evenings on a porch overlooking the Matanuska Glacier and the Chugach Mountains, playing lawn games, and soaking in the cedar hot tub. Homemade breakfasts are provided. 

Sheep Mountain Lodge – Glacier View

Stay in a cabin with views of the Matanuska Valley and the Chugach Mountains. Guests have access to an extensive trail network with plentiful berries in the fall. Make sure to stop by the restaurant during your visit. They make the best desserts around! 

Sheep Mountain Lodge is a historic site adorned with historic cabins and dining area. This Lodge is great for both summer and winter recreation in Alaska. Explore their gardens and you may even spot a moose.

Orca Island Cabins – Seward

Located in Resurrection bay near Seward, Alaska, this private island gives guests the chance to stay in a yurt overlooking the ocean. Guests have access to kayaks, paddle boards, and fishing equipment. This location is prime for whale sighting during the summer months.

Angels Rest – Seward

This family run inn on Lowell Point near Seward provides guests with a unique and environmentally conscious lodging option. With several cabins and ocean view rooms built by one of the owners, guests will feel at home all while experiencing connection to the Alaska landscape. This is a great way to centralize a Resurrection Bay experience.

Inn at Creek Street – Ketchikan

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These unique stays offer easy access to pristine wilderness areas

For travellers who enjoy learning about history, the Inn at Creek Street is a perfect fit. The Inn gives guests the opportunity to stay in Alaska in one of eight historic buildings in Ketchikan. Overlooking the marina, guests can enjoy views of wildlife from their rooms. 

Borealis Basecamp – Fairbanks

Centered around the opportunity to view the aurora borealis, Borealis Basecamp gives guests the chance to spend the night in a fiberglass igloo. Huge windows cover the roof allowing uninterrupted viewing from inside. Revel in the Northern Lights in comfort.

Chena Hot Springs Resort – Fairbanks

Guests will enjoy this resort’s rustic cabins and grounds. However the real highlights are access to the hot springs and an ice museum. Soak as much as you want and be able to rest your head nearby.

Whether you are spending the night in a cabin, a glamping tent, or a historic building, your lodging choice will help you connect deeper to the incredible environment around you, and can aid in making the most of your stay in Alaska!

Written By: Hope Macke