Alaska is home to an abundance of accommodation including, hotels, wilderness lodges and bed and breakfasts. Off-season hotel rates can be up to 300% cheaper than the rates charged during the peak summer months (June – August). As a result, you can make some great savings by timing your trip for the shoulder season.
From budget motels and hotels through to luxury hotels, Alaska has a hotel to suit every budget. Most of the hotels are independently owned, but there are some popular chains in Anchorage. Familiar chains include Hilton, Sheraton, Best Western and Marriott.
Wilderness lodges are an attractive option for those who want to really immerse themselves in the Alaskan wilderness. These rustic lodges can be found in Bristol Bay and north of Anchorage along the Sustina River. As well as providing atmospheric accommodation, wilderness lodge stays usually include meals and outings such as hiking and fishing.
Although bed and breakfasts are a relatively new concept in Alaska’s tourism industry, they have become incredibly popular. Indeed, Bush villages aside, every town in Alaska will have at least one bed and breakfast. Bed and breakfasts in Alaska offer travelers the chance to meet friendly locals and promise a more homely stay than impersonal hotels. When choosing a bed and breakfast in Alaska be sure to do your research as some are specifically designed with hunting and fishing groups in mind, this could be a bit awkward if you are planning a romantic holiday!
Top Things to do in Alaska
Many are unaware of the sheer size of this state; it covered no less than 5 time zones at one time. So, there are numerous attractions to experience. One of the most popular and amazing is to visit Denali National Park. Home to the massive mountain of the same name, this park offers a host of ecological wonders as well as an impressive variety of flora and fauna. Caribou, deer, wolves and bears can regularly be seen while the snow-capped peak of Mt. Denali provides an excellent photographic opportunity. While camping is permitted, first-time visitors should always make use of the guided tours that are available.
There are those who may plan on renting a car upon their arrival. This may very well be the best choice to see the most of what Alaska has to offer. In this case, the famous Dalton Highway should not be missed. This journey is defined by no less than 414 miles of untouched wilderness. Landscapes such as tundras, pine forest and mountain ranges can all be experienced when traveling across this highway which traverses much of the Alaskan interior.
While the wilderness of Alaska cannot be overstated, major cities offer other wonders to enjoy. One of the most famous is the Anchorage Market and Festival which takes place every year from May until September. Local vendors offer countless items and keepsakes at highly discounted prices. Other cities such as Juneau and Fairbanks provide all of the modern conveniences that we have come to expect. Although railways and chartered flights connect these urban centers, a trusty highways system is ideal for those who wish to enjoy a first-hand view of this state.