Where to stay in Alaska?

Are you about to visit one of the wildest lands in the USA? Then check out our guide to the best places to stay in Alaska!

Alaska is huge: the largest state in the USA measures 3,800 km from east to west, 2,300 km from north to south, or 3 times the size of France! The Aleuts, an indigenous people, gave Alaska its name, which means « great land » or even « continent » – a name that aptly expresses the gigantic size of this wild land on the edge of the world. It was also for this reason that American immigrants in the 1900s came to call it the « last frontier ». Today, it is home to less than a million inhabitants. The rest of the territory is inhabited by numerous animal species, including some 150,000 moose, 110,000 black bears and 35,000 grizzly bears! Although Alaska was long considered a territory to be exploited, it has recently been protected. As a result, travelers in search of wilderness, deep nature and absolute calm can enjoy a preserved, cold and remote land, populated by astonishing animals, green forests, mountains and glaciers. Alaska is a land of unparalleled pristine beauty, free from the hustle and bustle of the developed world!

So where to stay in Alaska to enjoy a fantastic stay in this wild Great North? To help you choose your accommodation in Alaska, we’ve put together a list of the best places to stay in Alaska! You’ll have all the information you need to prepare for your superb adventure.

Anchorage

Anchorage, Alaska

Wedged between the ocean and snow-capped mountains, Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city. It is home to 40% of the state’s population! This coastal city boasts an exceptional quality of life, with a perfect blend of urbanism and natural spaces. This makes Anchorage the perfect place to stay in Alaska, and an excellent starting point for exploring the wilderness.

Firstly, the town is charming and has an absolutely beautiful setting, with the mountains looming in the distance. Secondly, it’s not uncommon to come across a wild animal, such as a moose, on the corner of an alleyway. Thirdly, it’s close to many incredible natural areas, such as Chugach State Park, Glacier Portage and the lake of the same name!

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Denali National Park

Parc National de Denali, Alaska

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North of Anchorage lies Denali National Park: 24,585 km² of taiga, tundra and snow-capped mountains, including Mount McKinley (6194 m), the highest peak in North America! To discover this magnificent natural area, we recommend the towns of Cantwell, McKinley Park or Healy for your accommodation in Alaska. They’re all located along the George Parks Highway, at the entrance to the Park! In this vast nature reserve, you can observe many varieties of birds and mammals, including caribou.

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Juneau

Juneau, Alaska

Trapped between the slopes of Mount Juneau and the shoreline, the state capital is the perfect place to stay in Alaska! Located in the extreme southeast of the territory, it’s a friendly town, a former pioneer settlement with museums, an Orthodox church and old gold mines.

From the Mont Robert cable car, you can enjoy superb panoramic views of the city and surrounding area. Not far from Juneau is the exceptional Glacier Bay National Park! You’ll only discover it by boat, kayak or plane, as there are no roads leading to it. A fascinating spectacle awaits you, with sixteen glaciers spilling blue, white or grey icebergs into the sea!

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Wrangell-Saint-Élie National Park

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

In eastern Alaska, this National Park is a natural paradise of glaciers, lakes, mountains and waterfalls! It’s also a wilderness rich in animal species. It’s possible to stay in Alaska around this National Park and even within it! McCarthy is home to numerous hotels, inns and B&Bs. You’ll have no shortage of options for your Alaskan accommodation in this wonderful natural area of Wrangell-Saint-Élie!

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The Kenai Peninsula

Péninsule de Kenaï, Alaska

In the south of the state, the Kenai Peninsula boasts one of the territory’s most beautiful national parks: Kenai Fjords National Park. It’s also home to the perfect place to stay in Alaska: Seward. From here, you can easily explore the wonders of the Peninsula! In Kenaï, you’ll be able to observe many animals, including seals, penguins, cormorants, porpoises and even whales! Breathtaking scenery awaits you in this superb natural area.

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Homer

Located on the Kenai Peninsula, Homer is a great place to stay in Alaska.

Considered the fishing capital of Alaska, it will delight amateur and expert anglers alike. But that’s not all! The town is well connected, with many roads leading to beautiful parks and natural areas. In Homer, you can enjoy superb local specialties or ask to cook your own fish, caught along the Homer Pit, which juts out into Kachemak Bay!

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