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Alaska Holiday

This second-to-last US state is also the largest. Explore this faraway land of mountains, gold mining, dog sledding, whale watching and hiking glaciers.

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.


Guide to Exploring Alaska


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Alyeska Resort £99
Reviewed on 20 Sep 2019
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Alyeska Resort

Alyeska Resort

1000 Arlberg Ave, Girdwood, AK
     
    4.5 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    very helpful staff (check-in, concierge, restaurant) and a very pleasant location. Wish we could have stayed longer.

    Aspen Suites Hotel Anchorage £93
    Reviewed on 15 Sep 2019
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    Aspen Suites Hotel Anchorage

    Aspen Suites Hotel Anchorage

    100 E Tudor Rd, Anchorage, AK
       
      4.2 of 5
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Nice place to stay. Staff friendly. Room comfortable

      Aptel Studio Hotel £42
      Reviewed on 18 Sep 2019
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      Aptel Studio Hotel

      Aptel Studio Hotel

      624 Rodeo Place, Anchorage, AK
         
        4.1 of 5
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        I visit Alaska twice a year and have stayed here for the last 3 or 4 years. I cannot beat the value.

        Pike's Waterfront Lodge £78
        Reviewed on 20 Sep 2019
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        Pike's Waterfront Lodge

        Pike's Waterfront Lodge

        1850 Hoselton Rd, Fairbanks, AK
           
          4.5 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Pike's is a rare find in Alaska. It should be rated as a 5 star hotel, with reasonable room rates. The grounds are beautiful and there are wonderful little gems throughout. The furnishings in the rooms and lobbies are not what you'd expect to find in a standard hotel. The staff was friendly. Amenities ...

          Bridgewater Hotel £59
          Reviewed on 21 Sep 2019
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          Bridgewater Hotel

          Bridgewater Hotel

          723 1st Ave, Fairbanks, AK
             
            4.1 of 5
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Loved the location. Clean rooms, friendly staff. Air conditioners let too much cold air in. Heater in room didn't work, had to change tooms. Stuffed tows around air conditioner

            Dimond Center Hotel £82
            Reviewed on 16 Sep 2019
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            Dimond Center Hotel

            Dimond Center Hotel

            700 E Dimond Blvd, Anchorage, AK
               
              4.2 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              The staff was amazing. They were very friendly and helpful

              Chena Hot Springs Resort £91
              Reviewed on 14 Sep 2019
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              Chena Hot Springs Resort

              Chena Hot Springs Resort

              56.5 mile Chena Hot Springs Rd., Fairbanks, AK
                 
                3.8 of 5
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                What a unique property! It truly is at the END of Chena Hot Springs Rd! Our room in Moose Lodge was very adequate. The property is older, which does make it more rustic. I would suggest that the intake staff make a point of orienting newcomers to understand the recycling policy and emphasize the ...

                My Place Hotel-Anchorage, AK £104
                Reviewed on 18 Sep 2019
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                My Place Hotel-Anchorage, AK

                My Place Hotel-Anchorage, AK

                729 E 40th Ave, Anchorage, AK
                   
                  4.4 of 5
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  I was very happy with the location and the staff. Very clean

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