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If you think Far North Alaska is nothing but snow and cold, think again. Come to this region for great opportunities to view diverse landscapes and learn about the history of the indigenous people.
Watch for unusual wildlife that you won’t find in the lower 49 states of the U.S. Polar bears have natural camouflage against snowy white landscapes. Caribou roam the countryside, looking like reindeer ready to pull Santa’s sleigh.
Travel north of the Arctic Circle to Brooks Range, America’s northernmost mountain chain, where thousands of caribou migrate each year. Backpack through the peaceful wilderness past isolated mountains. Fly, boat or snowmobile into Cape Krusenstern National Monument, with 70 miles (110 kilometers) of shoreline on the Chukchi Sea. In Kobuk Valley National Park, see sand dunes left behind by glacial movement. Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve is a pristine wilderness of meandering rivers where native Alaskans live off the rugged land as their ancestors did thousands of years ago. Selawik and Arctic national wildlife refuges are the homelands for moose, ermine, wolves, muskox and many more animals.
On the domestic animal side, mush a dogsled over the snow. Watch portions of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, with the finish line in Nome. In this town on the coast of the Bering Sea, learn about Inupiaq Eskimo heritage, enjoy birdwatching amid summer wildflowers or join a tour panning for gold.
From tiny Wales, Alaska, look west and reflect on the 1867 U.S. purchase of the Alaskan territory from Russia, only 55 miles (88 kilometers) away across the Bering Strait. Ancestors of North American species may have crossed this expanse when it was a land bridge or frozen ice.
Anyone can enjoy the more popular tourist activities of Far North Alaska. Visitors with Arctic winter survival skills and equipment will find the extreme challenges of this region richly rewarding. Amid the expansive space with very low population, find your own private space to enjoy nature in its most rugged form.
Nestled in the Chugach Mountain Range in the resort community of Girdwood, this hotel is 15 miles from Portage Glacier and 40 miles from Anchorage.
Located in Spenard, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Lake Hood Harbor, DeLong Lake Park, and Pop Carr Park. Lynn Ary Park and Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).
An alternative to downtown Anchorage locations, this 3-story hotel built in 2002 is adjacent to Dimond Center Mall and 1 block from New Seward Highway, leading to the Alaskan wilderness and the Kenai Peninsula.
Set in downtown Anchorage, this hotel is 3 blocks west of the convention center, 3 blocks east of the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail along Cook Inlet, and 4 blocks from the 5th Avenue Mall.
Situated in Fairbanks, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Palace Theatre, 40 Below Fairbanks, and Pioneer Park. Pioneer Air Museum and Carlson Center Event Arena are also within 15 minutes.
Situated in the business district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Alaska House Art Gallery, Fairbanks Ice Museum, and Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center. Fort Wainwright and Gallery 49 Fine Art Gallery are also within 15 minutes.
This hotel, on the shore of scenic Lake Spenard, a major floatplane base, is 1 mile from the airport and 4 miles from downtown Anchorage. Complimentary 24-hour airport shuttle service is available.
Walking and running paths adjacent to this downtown Fairbanks hotel wind along the Chena River; various government offices are within 3 blocks and Fort Wainwright is 1 mile away.