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It’s not always cold in Alaska, believe it or not. You could take this trip at any time of the year and still have a good time but if its the Northern Lights that you’re hunting then try this road trip between September and April.
Land’s End Chartroom
Locals rave about it and visitors will be impressed. This waterfront restaurant serves local seafood for really reasonable prices. Order the Seafood Quartet that comes with shrimp, scallops, fish, and oysters for just $30. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner on an expansive outdoor deck with the most breathtaking views.
Cozy Cove Inn
This charming bed and breakfast has the most accommodating host. Walk into a log cabin style lodge to a slice of homemade rhubarb pie and fresh cookies. Marvel at the mountains outside the window and wake up to a picture perfect breakfast before going out to explore the rest Homer has to offer.
Flight-seeing is one of the best ways to take in Anchorage. Mountains, glaciers, and forests will emerge beneath your feet while you’ve got a bird’s eye view. These aviation tours are just one way to see the city. You can sightsee for brown bears or try your luck at gold panning at Crow Creek. View the Northern Lights if you’re in town September through April. It’s truly an unforgettable sight that doesn’t just exist in movies.
Simon and Seafort’s
Dubbed the Best of Alaska by the natives, Simons and Seafort’s brunch, lunch and dinner menu will not disappoint. From Grilled American Wagyu Sirloin to Crab & Macadamia Nut Stuffed Halibut, these selections are all mouth-watering and fresh. The panoramic views of the outdoors are not too bad either. You will feel like you’re sitting on the treetops as you gaze at the sparkling waters.
Frenchy’s Adventure Bed & Breakfast
Frenchy’s is the perfect location under the stars, in seemingly the middle of nowhere, for the Northern Lights show that is put on by none other than Mother Nature. It’s a cozy, quaint and nothing too fancy but when you step outside your surroundings consume you and inspire a connection with the outdoors that you just can’t get anywhere else.
The Squid Acres Kennel Dogsled Tour gives you the opportunity to see Fairbanks in a truly unique way. How often can you say you’ve been mushing? You can race, go on an expedition, or just take a casual ride. Play and interact with some of the dogs like Uncle Jesse, Ginger Spice, and Rollo.
The Pump House
Dine by the Chena River at The Pump House, a National Historic Site. The building itself is over 150 years old and the decorations match. Everything screams Victorian Era with an Alaskan flair. You can sit inside and marvel at the decor or pick a spot on their very generous deck and watch the ferry boats pass by as you dine on steaks and salmon.
Alaska Aurora Adventures can put you in an Aurora Cabin with 2 bedrooms and all the amenities for $200 a night. This is a different experience because you can book a trip to the Chena Hot Springs with the same company. They will take you to relax in the springs and then over to the Ice Museum, a one of a kind affair.
Nugget Falls, the Mendenhall Glacier, and Visitor Centre, and zipline adventures await for the curious and adventurous travelers. This waterfall near the glaciers also flows near the beach. Guests can have the perfect photo opp surrounded by a waterfall, ice mountains, and a sandy backdrop. If you’re more of a thrill seeker try ziplining in Juneau with ten zip lines, two suspension bridges, and a 42-foot abseil.
The Hangar on the Wharf
Bragging rights for the largest beer selection in Juneau goes to Hangar on the Wharf. Inside is decorated quirky and cute while the outside offers a surrounding deck. This restaurant appears to be sitting on wooden stilts, talk about a rush. The fish and chips are a must at the Hangar, don’t forget a cold one. Sit back, relax, and enjoy.
Alaska Northern Sands
Alaska Northern Sands is a premier penthouse suite rental that is nestled on the sands of Auke Bay. Surrounded by the greenest trees and bluest waters, this rental is secluded yet inhabited by the best wild and marine life that you can find in Alaska. Visitors are drawn to this suite because of the water access and spacious rooms that are perfect for relaxing, entertaining, and or a little bit of both.
If you want something on the laid back side then take a stroll to the Creek Street Boardwalk in Ketchikan where petite shops are lined up waiting. On the more adventurous side, there is Kart Expedition that is worth checking out. You and a friend can take a backcountry tour in an ATV over 10 miles long through the Tongass National Forest.
Annabelle’s Keg & Chowderhouse
Located inside the Gilmore Hotel is this Chowderhouse. Annabelle’s falls somewhere in between casual and fine dining. You have to get the chowder, of course. Choose for four options – three chowder sampler, smoked salmon, seafood, and Annabelle’s Own.
Inn at Creek Street
You can find this Inn downtown Ketchikan amidst a collection of historic properties. There are several options to choose from downtown. There is Preacher’s House – a two-story rental that feels just like home or The Star which is located on the second floor of the historic Star House on Creek Street.
The Last Frontier
Well, it doesn’t have to be the last but you should put it on your list of road trips! You could drive to these spots in a combined 47 hours which isn’t bad for traveling across a state that is over 600,000 miles in area. Whether you opt for a downtown vibe or seclude yourself to a cabin in the woods, this Alaska road trip won’t disappoint.
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