Hotels in Alaska, USA
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The State of Alaska is also known as the The Last Frontier and, less officially, the Land of the Midnight Sun. While the local population has steadily increased over the years, the summer months usually mean an influx of tourists and seasonal residents to the main towns of Anchorage or Fairbanks. Fishing for salmon, halibut and other seafood is one of the main local industries and visitors should make the most of their trip by enjoying as much fresh fish as possible. In terms of booking and planning your Alaskan holiday, the hotels in Alaska vary in price depending on their location and star rating. Comparing rates and amenities for hotel accommodation in Alaska can be done in a matter of minutes online and you can plan out your trip and sights to see at the same time.
Popular outdoor activities in Alaska
One of the best outdoor locations to visit in Alaska is the Denali National Park. Stay at the Denali Backcountry Lodge, which has good accommodation in Denali National Park. Interesting sights here include Mount McKinley, which is the highest peak in North America and there's plenty of wildlife in the area too. Caribou, Dall sheep, wolves, grizzly bears and moose all live in this area so you might want to sign up with a tour company. There are also a number of lakes, rivers and fascinating geological formations to see. The local visitor centre will provide you with all the information that you could hope for before making your way around the park.
If you stay at Kenai, where there is a good range of accommodation, you must visit the Kenai Fjords National Park, you can sign up for a day cruise with a registered tour operator in the area. These trips will make it possible for you to see some of the local marine life. Look out for otters, puffins, harbor seals, sea stars, Minke whales and Dall's porpoises, orcas and bald eagles.
The Sitka National Historical Park is the oldest national park in Alaska and it's great for a day out, with some accommodation available in Sitka. Start by making your way to the visitor's centre and learn all about the Battle of 1804 and browse through the various Russian and native artefacts. Take a walk through the Russian Bishop's House and follow the Totem Trail through the park.
Top educational sites in Alaska
Book a car rental in Anchorage and drive through to Fairbanks, the largest town in inland Alaska; which has a good range of hotel accommodation. The Museum of the North in Fairbanks is a great place to visit if you want to learn all about the local history, culture and art. Take note of the mammoth displays and the comprehensive natural history section in particular.
The Anchorage Museum is like a group of museums all rolled into one. Art and history are all important parts of this museum as is the Thomas Planetarium and the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center.
The Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Visitor Center in Skagway, Alaska is another great place to stop and learn all about the famous local gold rush and history. The gold rush started in 1898 and the visitor center has plenty of material including a gripping film that documents the hardships and few rewards during this time. Stay at the Westmark Inn in Skagway, or the Halsingland Hotel at Haines about a 25 km drive.