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Lake Clark National Park and Preserve

With a variety of spectacular landscapes including lakes, forests and volcanoes, this park has an endless supply of natural wonders to see and explore.

Catch fish in the largest lakes in the state and see otters and whales swimming offshore at Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. Marvel at immense mountain ranges, discover lush forests and watch the sun glisten on sparkling glaciers.

Explore the park on foot, starting with the Tanalian Trail System that originates in the town of Port Alsworth. From here enjoy a selection of routes of different lengths that incorporate crashing waterfalls and views across snow-dusted mountains and areas of lush woodland. As you go, watch for beavers, herds of caribou and moose hiding among the trees.

More experienced hikers setting out on multi-day expeditions can venture deeper into the park. Hike up the 10,000-foot-high (3,000-meter) peak of Iliamna Volcano in the southeastern section of the park or head north backpacking along the 50-mile-long (80-kilometer) Telaquana Trail. In the heart of the park, find yourself surrounded by snow-covered mountains and frigid glaciers.

As the name suggests, a large amount of the park consists of water. Here find some of the region’s most spectacular treasures. Lake Clark has fantastic salmon fishing, as do the surrounding rivers, where you can also catch Arctic char and grayling. Boat trips depart regularly from Port Alsworth, offering prime angling conditions in the 42-mile-long (67-kilometer) blue-green lake.

Arrange a ferry or kayaking trip on Lake Iliamna just south of the park or set off on the open seas of Cook Inlet. The coastline that borders the park holds an abundance of marine life. Look for seals, sea lions and beluga whales, all regularly sighted.

Lake Clark National Park is in southern Alaska, approximately 100 miles (160 kilometers) southwest of Anchorage. The park is open year-round; however, rangers advise visiting only during summer. Fly to Port Alsworth and stay at a lodge here or at one of the small settlements nearby.

The country has preserved numerous lands as U.S. national parks for affordable outdoor vacations.


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Lodging Near Lake Clark National Park and Preserve

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The Hotel Alyeska $116
The Hotel Alyeska

The Hotel Alyeska

1000 Arlberg Ave, Girdwood
     
    4.6
    of 5, from 1,920 reviews
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    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.

    Alex Hotel & Suites Anchorage Airport $96
    Alex Hotel & Suites Anchorage Airport

    Alex Hotel & Suites Anchorage Airport

    4615 Spenard Road, Anchorage
       
      3.4
      of 5, from 846 reviews
      3.0 out of 5.0

      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).

      Inlet Tower Hotel And Suites $76
      Inlet Tower Hotel And Suites

      Inlet Tower Hotel And Suites

      1020 West 12th Avenue, Anchorage
         
        3.2
        of 5, from 1,383 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        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. Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center and Oscar Anderson House Museum are also within 15 minutes.

        Lakeshore Inn & Suites $101
        Lakeshore Inn & Suites

        Lakeshore Inn & Suites

        3009 Lake Shore Drive, Anchorage
           
          4.3
          of 5, from 154 reviews
          2.0 out of 5.0

          Situated near the airport, this motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Lake Hood Harbor, DeLong Lake Park, and Lynn Ary Park. Pop Carr Park and Arctic Benson Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

          Dimond Center Hotel $131
          Dimond Center Hotel

          Dimond Center Hotel

          700 E Dimond Blvd, Anchorage
             
            4.3
            of 5, from 1,066 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            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.

            Aspen Suites Hotel Anchorage $91
            Aspen Suites Hotel Anchorage

            Aspen Suites Hotel Anchorage

            100 E Tudor Rd, Anchorage
               
              4.3
              of 5, from 306 reviews
              2.5 out of 5.0

              Located in Midtown Anchorage, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Z.J. Loussac Library - Main Branch and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Sullivan Arena. Campbell Creek Greenbelt Park and Pop Carr Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).

              Hyatt House Anchorage $209
              Hyatt House Anchorage

              Hyatt House Anchorage

              5141 Business Park Blvd, Anchorage
                 
                4.7
                of 5, from 113 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Located in Midtown Anchorage, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Pop Carr Park and 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Sullivan Arena. Campbell Creek Greenbelt Park and Z.J. Loussac Library - Main Branch are also within 2 mi (3 km).

                Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Anchorage Airport $83
                Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Anchorage Airport

                Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Anchorage Airport

                5205 Northwood Dr, Anchorage
                   
                  3.5
                  of 5, from 702 reviews
                  2.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in Spenard, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Pop Carr Park, Lake Hood Harbor, and DeLong Lake Park. Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum and Arctic Benson Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).