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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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Located in McKinley Park, this lodge is within 3 mi (5 km) of Wilderness Access Center, Mount McKinley, and Mt. Healy Overlook Trail. Denali National Park Visitors Center is 3 mi (4.9 km) away.
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.
Located in Spenard, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Arctic Benson Park and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Sullivan Arena. Pop Carr Park and Z.J. Loussac Library - Main Branch are also within 1 mi (2 km).