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Alaska’s sheer size, 663,300 square miles (1.7 million square kilometers), means you’ll find myriad adventures as you travel across diverse regions of the state. Experience mountains, glaciers and beaches as they change character with the seasons.
In the center of the state, Fairbanks showcases its history as a gold-rush town. Try panning for gold like the old-timers did in the 1840s and ’50s. Visit Alaskaland Pioneer Park with a replica of a Native American village and a Wild West theme park. From early fall to mid spring, watch for the shimmering lights of the aurora borealis.
From Fairbanks, take the McKinley Explorer railroad to one of the state’s most impressive sites, Denali National Park. If you’re an experienced mountain climber, scale the 20,237-foot (6,168-meter) Denali peak (formerly known as Mt. McKinley). Otherwise simply enjoy the impressive view reflected in Wonder Lake. Look for moose, grizzly bear, caribou and 130 different bird species in the park’s natural wilderness area.
Take a soothing thermal bath at the Chena Hot Springs Resort. Stop nearby to see ice carvings at the Aurora Ice Museum. Kayak along the Chena River or brave the chilly waters floating in a tube.
On the southern coast, Anchorage offers opportunities to tour fjords in Prince William Sound, hike in the Chugach Mountains and see the start of the March Iditarod dog sled race. Learn about local history at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center and see lifelike exhibits at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Enjoy a sandy ocean shoreline at Kincaid Beach or watch Pacific loons and swim in the warmer waters of Goose Lake.
Farther south in Homer, watch commercial fishermen haul in the day’s catch. Even better, charter a fishing boat to cast your own line for salmon or halibut. Hike the Kenai Mountains and ski down the Wosnesenski Glacier.
Alaska’s capital of Juneau is a great spot for whale-watching. Do a glacier walk; you have many sites to choose from: Herbert, Sawyer, Mendenhall Glaciers and Tracy Arm Fjord.
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.