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    Alaska Hotel Travel Guide

    Alaska is unlike anywhere in the continental U.S. Covered in glaciers, mountains, and wildlife parks, it’s a must-visit destination, where you can find both adventure and serenity. From marveling at the Northern Lights in the wintertime to catching sight of bears in the summer months, there’s always something to discover. Book cheap flights to Alaska today to explore and experience the wilderness and wildlife.

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    Geography

    Alaska is the largest of the 50 states, even though it’s not physically connected to the continental U.S. The Arctic Ocean is to the north and Canada is to the east, while Bering Strait is to the west, and the Pacific Ocean and Gulf of Alaska are to the south. The state is referred to the Last Frontier, and it’s no surprise considering much of the state is still uninhabited.

    Alaska is home to Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain the country, and Bering Glacier, which spreads across nearly five percent of the state. In addition to the region’s mountain ranges and glaciers, there are over three million lakes and 3,000 rivers in Alaska.

    Best and Worst Times to Visit

    The best and worst times to visit really depend on your preferences and the regions you plan on exploring. If you’re looking to experience a winter wonderland, visit between December and March. This is when some of the state’s most celebrated events take place, such as ice-carving competitions, sled-dog relays, and snow-mobile races. While there are plenty of recreational activities and events to keep you entertained, expect frigid temperatures and shorter days during these months.

    For warmer temperatures and extended daylight, May through August are some of the best times to visit Alaska. Temperatures range between 60 and 80 degrees F, and the sun shines for around 19 hours on June 21. The sunny days and nights are pleasant, but this is tourist season, so you may face crowds and higher rates during this time.

    Lodging

    Whether you’re celebrating your honeymoon or exploring the state with your family, you’ll find a variety of Alaska hotels to match your preferences. From luxury lodging to budget-friendly places, we’ve got it all. Sort through our selection and discover bed and breakfasts, which are a perfect option for your romantic retreat, or lodging with spacious rooms to help make your kids feel at home. Many places provide restaurants, fitness centers, and Wi-Fi access, while some may even offer business centers and shuttle service.

    The state also features a number of Alaska ski resorts, which are within easy access of the slopes. Resorts often provide additional amenities such as on-site restaurants, pools, recreational activities, and spa treatments. Take a peek at our selection to score cheap deals on Alaska resorts and hotels.

    Things to Do

    Bundle up and take advantage of Alaska’s outdoor activities during the winter season. Dog mushing belongs at the top of your list. This sport is a major part of Alaskan culture, and you can join a four-legged team, mushing your way through frozen terrain. However, if you’d prefer to pull your own weight, carve up the trails at Alyeska Resort. Or stay at one of the hotels in Anchorage and hit up the nearby slopes at Hilltop Ski Area. As long as you’re braving the winter temperatures, watch for the Northern Lights, which is a colorful aurora that illuminates the sky between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. on clear evenings.

    Alaska isn’t always covered in snow, though. If you’re visiting during the summer months, soak up nearly 20 hours of sunshine each day. Cast a line for salmon at Ship Creek or canoe around the glaciers at Spencer Lake. Mountain bike along the Lost Lake Trail, hike the 11-mile Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, and venture over to the Chugach State Park to witness wild moose, eagles, and grizzly bears.

    In addition to its scenic landscape and magnificent wildlife, Alaska has an intriguing history. Learn about the Alaska natives at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, or visit the Eskimo Village and the Inupiat Heritage Center in Barrow. Stop at the Talkeetna Historical Society for exhibits on mining, and marvel at the world’s largest totem pole collection at Totem Heritage Center.

    Culture

    While Alaska only recently gained statehood in 1959, indigenous people have inhabited the area for more than 10,000 years. The Russians were the first Europeans to settle in the area during 17th century, and then miners flocked to the region during the gold rush in the late 1800s. However, despite massive changes over several hundred years, there are still natives who live off the land and continue to follow ancient traditions.

    Dog-sled racing is a fairly new, but extremely popular tradition in Alaska. The Yukon Quest dates back to 1984, when a team of mushers decided to embark on a dog-sled race along the historic gold rush trails and the Yukon River. Often called the Toughest Race on Earth, it’s a 1,000-mile course that runs through rugged and remote terrain and can take up to two weeks to complete. The Iditarod Sled Dog Race, also known as the Last Great Race on Earth®, is another popular mushing event. This race takes place a month later in March, with a course from Anchorage to Nome.

    Dog-sled races aside, the Alaska State Fair is much anticipated event. This annual fair has occurred in the Matanuska Valley since 1936. Each September, the fairgrounds are filled with carnival rides, giant vegetable contests, concerts, cultural performances, and more.

    Food

    This northern state is well known for cold water seafood, such as salmon, halibut, and Alaskan King Crab. However, large game certainly makes an appearance at the dinner table, too. It’s not uncommon to see moose, elk, caribou, and even bear on the menu. During the summertime, wild berries, including salmonberries, blueberries, and cranberries, are also a popular treat. They’re found in the southern regions and are often frozen or made into jam to last the winter.

    When it comes to booking your vacation in the Land of the Midnight Sun, check out our selection of the best resorts and hotels in Alaska. Make your reservations today and get ready for salmon cuisine, dog-sled races, outdoor adventures, and more.

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    Hotels in Anchorage (and vicinity)

    Inlet Tower Hotel And Suites - Anchorage Hotels
    Rating: 3.0 Stars

    Inlet Tower Hotel And Suites

    1200 L St, Anchorage - Map
     
     
    nice area A little far from restaurants. Hotel is old
    A Traveller
    Located in Downtown Anchorage, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Delaney Park and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Sullivan Arena …More
    Hotel Captain Cook - Anchorage Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Hotel Captain Cook

    939 West 5th Avenue, Anchorage - Map
     
     
    "Nuce older tourist and business hotel"
    Well kept older hotel that is probably best in Alaska, busy staff manages to remain friendly, personable, and efficient. We were there in Summer and fully enjoyed our stay. In winter, it would be even cozier, to stay here. I rarely give out 'five star' reviews but can do so here. Don't expect The Four Seasons. Do expect comfort, charm, and warm customer service.
    A Traveller
    Set in downtown Anchorage, this hotel is 3 blocks west of the convention center, 3 blocks east of the Tony Knowles Coastal …More
    The Hotel Alyeska - Girdwood Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    The Hotel Alyeska

    1000 Arlberg Ave, Girdwood - Map
     
     
    "Nice hotel in Girdwood area. Convenient to Whittie"
    Room was comfortable except there didn't seem to be a way for us to control the room temperature. Maid service did minimal to prepare the room for the second night - shampoo, conditioner, water were not replaced. Don't know who should be picking up trays from room service but tray from someone else sat around for 2 days!! Staff was nice. We had an issue with the room which we reported and was immediately taken care off.
    A Traveller
    Nestled in the Chugach Mountain Range in the resort community of Girdwood, this hotel is 15 miles from Portage Glacier and 40 …More

    Hotels in Kenai Peninsula

    Crowne Plaza Anchorage Midtown - Anchorage Hotels
    Rating: 3.5 Stars

    Crowne Plaza Anchorage Midtown

    109 W International Airport Rd, Anchorage - Map
     
     
    "Nice hotel in Midtown"
    The hotel was upscale in a good location in Anchorage. It was very clean. The room above ours was a bit noisy at times. The staff was good, but not overly friendly. The room had a microwave and a mini fridge which really helped us because breakfast was not included. They do have a restaurant at the hotel that was very good and not too pricey. They were very accommodating when I told them about my food allergy. Overall, it was a great stay, great vacation and I would highly recommend it to friends.
    Traveller from California
    Located in Midtown Anchorage, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Campbell Creek Greenbelt Park and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from …More
    The Hotel Alyeska - Girdwood Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    The Hotel Alyeska

    1000 Arlberg Ave, Girdwood - Map
     
     
    "Nice hotel in Girdwood area. Convenient to Whittie"
    Room was comfortable except there didn't seem to be a way for us to control the room temperature. Maid service did minimal to prepare the room for the second night - shampoo, conditioner, water were not replaced. Don't know who should be picking up trays from room service but tray from someone else sat around for 2 days!! Staff was nice. We had an issue with the room which we reported and was immediately taken care off.
    A Traveller
    Nestled in the Chugach Mountain Range in the resort community of Girdwood, this hotel is 15 miles from Portage Glacier and 40 …More
    Dimond Center Hotel - Anchorage Hotels
    Rating: 3.0 Stars

    Dimond Center Hotel

    700 E Dimond Blvd, Anchorage - Map
     
     
    "Convenient and Comfortable "
    Overall facilities, services and staff support very good to excellent. Recommend
    Traveller from texas
    An alternative to downtown Anchorage locations, this 3-story hotel built in 2002 is adjacent to Dimond Center Mall and 1 …More

    Hotels in Fairbanks (and vicinity)

    La Quinta Inn & Suites Fairbanks - Fairbanks Hotels
    Rating: 3.0 Stars

    La Quinta Inn & Suites Fairbanks

    4920 Dale Rd, Fairbanks - Map
     
     
    "Very nice! "
    We would recommend this place. Started our experience well when we got to the airport and called them for a ride andtheycame within 5 minutes. The room was extremely nice and a wonderful breakfast. Staff very courteous and helpful!
    A Traveller
    Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Pioneer Air Museum, Pioneer Park, and Palace Theatre. Carlson …More
    Best Western Plus Pioneer Park Inn - Fairbanks Hotels
    Rating: 2.0 Stars

    Best Western Plus Pioneer Park Inn

    1908 Chena Landing Loop, Fairbanks - Map
     
     
    ALL WAS GREAT EXPENSIVE AS ALL OF ALASKA IS ....THIS MOTEL IS TOO FAR OUT OF THE WAY FROM EVERYHING....OTHERWISE GOOD FRIENDLY STAF,,,F NICE PLACE...& CLEAN...
    A Traveller
    Situated in Fairbanks, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Palace Theatre, Pioneer Park, and Pioneer Air Museum. Carlson …More
    Rivers Edge Resort - Fairbanks Hotels
    Rating: 3.0 Stars

    Rivers Edge Resort

    4200 Boat St, Fairbanks - Map
     
     
    Quaint cottages in the pines. Beautiful views of the river. Very nice. Excellent restaurant.
    A Traveller
    Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Georgeson Botanical Garden, University of Alaska-Fairbanks …More