Photography by www.travelalaska.com
09 June 2022
The westernmost and northernmost state of America, Alaska offers uncontested scenery, spectacularly wild flora and fauna, the Northern Lights and even a midnight sun.
However, all this choice can be a bit overwhelming. Whether you’re a first-time tourist or adept traveller, there’s always more to discover. Check out our comprehensive list of stunning stays and adventurous activities in the land of the last frontier.
Aloft Anchorage opened recently to cater to leisure travellers, as well as business guests, with rooms that feature spacious living quarters and ultra-comfortable signature beds as well as walk-in showers. Guests will have no trouble recharging with plug-and-play connectivity stations and a 24-hour fitness centre, pool and more.
Now operating as a fly-in lodge for 2022 and 2023, Camp Denali is a remote lodge deep within Denali National Park and Preserve. Guests’ stays are enriched with guided hiking and activities led by staff naturalists, with special guest speakers (storytellers, biologists, conservationists and more) leading evening presentations.
Waterfall Resort, located on Prince of Wales Island, has recently added two new cabins to accommodate growing demand. After returning from an exciting day of fishing in Alaska, guests will be able to stay in brand-new cabins with additional features such as king-size beds and heated floors. The addition makes a total of 28 cabins.
Kantishna Roadhouse, Alaska’s historic backcountry lodge at the foot of Mt. Denali, will be offering a new exclusive fly-in experience where visitors can fly into the area and experience the wildlife and beauty of the tallest mountain in North America.
Face The Outdoors Aurora Viewing Lodge in Delta Junction offers visitors the chance to sit back and relax in a comfortable lodge and watch the northern lights light up the sky above them. The lodge offers a complimentary shuttle service for visitors to and from their overnight accommodations.
Coldfoot Camp located in Alaska’s Arctic region is offering two new tours. The Fat Bike Adventure will allow guests to bike along Slate Creek, along a maintained gold mine trail. The Packraft Adventure will have guests packrafting on the Koyukuk River in the Brooks Mountain Range and within the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve.
Major Marine Tours recently welcomed a new vessel to their fleet. The Skana, a custom-built 87-foot high-speed catamaran will begin running trips from Seward into Kenai Fjords National Park after 11 May. Passengers will have an unforgettable viewing experience of the area’s glaciers, scenery and wildlife as the third deck of the vessel has unobstructed 360-degree views and ample outdoor viewing space.
Go Hike Alaska has launched its Backcountry Eats & Foraging Treats tour. With two options, either in the Chugach State Park in Anchorage or around Montana Creek outside of Talkeetna, guests spend two hours foraging for in-season items like wild greens, mushrooms, berries and more. The guide also teaches guests ways to prepare these items using backcountry stoves.
Waterfall Resort, just a quick floatplane ride outside of Ketchikan, will be upping its offerings this summer, with a new kayak fishing experience guided by seasoned kayak angler Adam Fisk. This tour will accommodate groups of up to four and allow guests to fish directly from a 13-foot kayak.
Klondike Electric Bicycles will be offering two new tours in Skagway. Skagway City Highlights and Gold Panning Tour is a guided e-bike tour taking visitors to attractions throughout the historic town and letting them try a hand at gold panning. The Self-Guided E-Bike Tour to Dyea allows visitors to explore the ghost town on their own, taking in beautiful scenery and Klondike Gold Rush history.
Salmon Berry Travel & Tours will be offering a new Hatcher Pass Hike & History Tour in the state park north of Anchorage. This half-day tour departs from downtown Anchorage and highlights the Independence Mine State Historical Park in Hatcher Pass, with a behind-the-scenes guided tour at the mine, a short hike and gold panning at the creek.
Moose Pass Adventures will be offering guided tours and kayak rentals on Trail Lake on the Kenai Peninsula this summer, sharing the beauty of Moose Pass on the glacially fed lake. They will offer three rental times daily.
Alaska Crafted Tour and Cruise Transfer offers a new way to cruise while you “taste your way through the Alaska craft beverage scene.” Visitors can either take a fully guided tour and transfer with options out of Seward through the mountains of the Kenai Peninsula and tastings at Girdwood Brewing Co., Anchorage Distillery and Double Shovel Cider Co., or from the historic port city of Whittier with a lunch atop Mt. Alyeska.
The Coyote Trail Farm & Fiber Mill combines a love for fibre arts with the joy of raising beautiful, fluffy animals. They connect livestock farmers and small flock owners with Alaska’s fibre artists. The fibres produced are used to create original artworks, wearables and quality household items.
Skeins and roving products from their mill are also available for sale online, in their farm shop and at select Alaskan markets. During the tour, guests learn about the different methods for each breed and the challenges of transforming their unique Alaska fibre into roving and yarn.
Small-ship cruise line Windstar Cruises will have new, shorter seven-day sailings for the first time ever called Scenic Alaska. The shorter itineraries in the region will make it easier for working professionals and families to get away for an epic, small-ship cruise adventure.
It has an inaugural stop in Haines, where brand-new excursions include a Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Float Trip, a photography discovery experience with a pro and a White Pass railroad excursion, among other options.
Windstar also has a newly revamped Star Breeze all-suite yacht with two new restaurants, a true spa/fitness centre and more efficient engines, among other improvements. Star Breeze will sail all of Windstar’s Alaska itineraries in 2022.
Princess Cruises has launched its debut Wild for Alaska Seafood immersive destination dining experience aboard six vessels in 2022.
Adding to Princess Cruises’ popular Only in Alaska menus, this new program will offer 30 distinctive Alaskan seafood dishes with featured items every night in all main dining rooms.
This will provide a more authentic and memorable experience for guests cruising Alaska’s waters while showing Alaska’s diverse seafood and history.
The town of McCarthy, located in the heart of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, has many new offerings and events this summer. The new Copper Town Shuttle will provide free shuttle services to all in the McCarthy and Kennicott area in the park.
The first loop will travel between the footbridge parking lot and the McCarthy Center Store. Another free shuttle loop travels between the McCarthy Center Store and the Kennicott Mill Site.
Kate Kennedy House, previously identified as one of the ten most endangered historic buildings in Alaska, has been fully restored and is now available to tour.
This 1920s era Sears Catalogue Home includes many period amenities, such as a working victrola with record collection and a 1930 antique automobile.
The Golden Saloon has also added a new bandstand. Music performances will be offered Fridays and Saturdays throughout the summer. The town is also having a major facelift this summer with the reinstallation of boardwalks through the town.
The Inside Passage port town of Skagway is ready for the return of cruise travellers this summer. Visitors can experience trail infrastructure in its finest condition and many special events that include An Evening with David Sedaris, a Drag Show featuring GiGi Monroe and the Cast of Juneau Drag, the Cast of Juneau Drag at Dedman’s Stage and Duff’s Skagway Marathon.