Alaska

Overview

From Andrew Harper

By far the largest American state, Alaska accounts for approximately one-sixth of the entire country, though its hardy populace nudges just past 700,000. Alaska’s beauty is manifold, and has to be experienced: tidewater glaciers; braided rivers; the mountains of Denali. The wildlife-viewing during the 18-hour summer days includes caribou, grizzly bears, bald eagles and thousands of orcas and gray whales.

By definition, the luxury properties here are remote, unique and set amid jaw-dropping natural splendor. The Bristol Bay area offers some of the world’s finest fishing for salmon and rainbow trout; guests at the Tikchik Narrows Lodge take daily floatplane expeditions to secret rivers. Kachemak Bay Wilderness Lodge, set in a cove on the Kenai Peninsula, is especially popular with families looking for a wilderness escape. Several exclusive cruise operators (Lindblad, Entrée Yachts, Midnight Sun) journey through the stunning Inside Passage.

Hotels

All recommended hotels in Alaska

Alaska, United States
Enchanted Lake Lodge
Enchanted Lake Lodge

Fly-in/fly-out sportfishing retreat with panoramic living/dining room lounge and refurbished guest cabins, just inside Katmai National Park.

Alaska
Kachemak Bay Wilderness Lodge
Kachemak Bay Wilderness Lodge

Wilderness retreat along an unspoiled cove on the Kenai Peninsula, reached via boat from the fishing village of Homer in China Poot Bay.

Alaska
Tikchik Narrows Lodge
Tikchik Narrows Lodge

Fly-in/fly-out sportfishing lodge in the unspoiled lake region of Bristol Bay. Fishing for salmon and trophy trout in wilderness areas accessed by four floatplanes and several dozen boats pre-positioned on remote rivers and lakes.

Alaska