The Best Lodges to Book in Alaska

Lie back and drink in the views at Majestic Valley Wilderness Lodge
Lie back and drink in the views at Majestic Valley Wilderness Lodge | Courtesy of Majestic Valley Wilderness Lodge / Expedia
Nick Dauk

The vast wilderness of Alaska deserves your full attention, so venture away from the cities, leave the roadside hotels behind and cozy up in a secluded cabin. After all, bears, moose, eagles and other locals make great neighbors. It can get a little bright at night around these parts, but who wants to sleep through the Northern Lights anyway? Spend a few nights at one of these lodges in Alaska, all bookable on Culture Trip, and fall in love with the wild side of the state.

1. Spruce Lodge, for a chalet in the woods


Exterior of Spruce Lodge
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We can confirm that the Forget-Me-Not chalet at Spruce Lodge is indeed unforgettable. It’s a cozy abode with a king bed and a sitting area, tucked in the woods so you can treasure it in peace. Stroll around the spruce tree forest, stealing glimpses at your Alaskan lodge. The beauty of the Kenai Peninsula will tempt you to tear away and hike the ice fields, something you won’t regret when you set foot on the Exit Glacier.

2. Bear Paw Adventure, to spot grizzlies

Lodge, Luxury

Exterior of Bear Paw Adventure
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Bear Paw Adventure is a luxury lodge in Alaska, set on a nearly-wild homestead. A range of wildlife activities can be booked through the lodge, including fishing charters, kayaking, hiking and bear viewing trips. You may also spot some moose on your drive in. Accommodation-wise, there are four unique log buildings to choose from, all of them with kitchens, TVs, wifi and gas barbecues.

3. Glacier Bay Lodge, to stay in Glacier Bay National Park


Bedroom at Glacier Bay Lodge
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As the only hotel in Glacier Bay National Park, Glacier Bay Lodge extends you a warm welcome to the great outdoors. You don’t even need to leave your room to enjoy stargazing and wildlife watching, though you can also venture into the Sitka spruce trees to see what else is hiding in the northern rainforest. Return from a trek to enjoy local seafood favorites in the Fairweather Dining Room.

4. Alpine Creek Lodge, for snowmobiling

Hotel, Eco-Lodge

Exterior of Alpine Creek Lodge
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The ultimate Denali experience awaits at Alpine Creek Lodge. Dog mushing tours, Northern Lights viewing and snowmobiling are all on the itinerary here, and your hosts will give you a true Alaskan experience without the crowds or the cliches. All you need to do is check into a cabin and try to contain your excitement until morning.

5. Majestic Valley Wilderness Lodge, for a serene stay


View from the terrace of Majestic Valley Wilderness Lodge
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Venture up to Majestic Valley Wilderness Lodge, where you’ll find a private ranch that is just as serene as it sounds. With four deluxe rooms in the Main Lodge and a further eight in the Glacier Hall building, as well as two stand-alone cabins, you’re spoilt for choice here. Drink in the views of the Talkeetna and Chugach mountains, or relax in the common area, where you’ll find a coffee bar and other laid-back lodgers who may sit with you for a spell on the porch.

6. Northern Sky Lodge, for the Northern Lights

Bed and Breakfast

Exterior of Northern Sky Lodge
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The Aurora Room at the Northern Sky Lodge is filled with Northern Lights photographs taken right here. Once you’re sufficiently inspired, grab your own camera and head out to shoot your own selfies with the dazzling lights. Cold-weather gear such as jackets, snow pants and arctic boots are provided for free so that you can follow one of the many trails from the backyard and find the perfect Northern Lights viewpoint.

7. Point Lodge, for the fishing


Terrace of Point Lodge
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This Alaska fishing lodge on the Lake Louise peninsula is surrounded by lakes with more fishing holes than you can drop a line in. Set out on a guided fishing tour and try your luck with fish such as trophy lake trout and king salmon. Later, hang out with new friends in the lake-view lounge, bragging in front of the stone fireplace about who caught the bigger beast.

8. LongLiner Lodge and Suites, for the views


Bedroom at LongLiner Lodge and Suites
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LongLiner Lodge offers Alaska lodgings where you can view the ocean without even leaving your suite. Kick back and spend time gazing at Mount Edgecumbe, as well as any sea lions, eagles and whales that cross your sightline. You won’t have to move a muscle, unless you count the few yards you’ll need to walk to get to the restaurant, where you can sample Sitka Sound seafood chowder. Take our word for it: this steaming bowl of goodness is worth lacing up your boots for.

9. Wrangell Mountain Lodge, for total seclusion


Exterior of Wrangell Mountain Lodge with mountains in the background
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The Chokosna Trading Post will be your only neighbor for miles when you stay at the Wrangell Mountain Lodge. These rustic cabins have the wild charm you long for, and the modern conveniences you need. Cozy up within the log walls of the Bear Cabin, crossing your fingers that the name is a good omen for a chance – yet safe – encounter with the hairy locals of Kennecott.

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