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There’s nowhere on earth that’s quite like Alaska. This world-renowned travel destination is best known and loved for its staggeringly beautiful landscapes, crystal clear lakes, and perpetual viewings of the Northern Lights. A trip here is an adventure even if you don’t even leave the Airbnb you set up camp in.
Vacation rentals here come with added extras that you won’t find in many other spots across the world: hot tubs set in the snow, kayaks, and rowboats to use on the lakes, and sea taxis to get you to your Airbnb in the first place. Sure, Alaska is pretty remote. But once you’ve stayed in one of the best Airbnbs in Alaska, you’ll realize just how much magic this state truly has.
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Nana’s Cabin stands alone in the forest, surrounded by nothing but endless tall trees. This rustic spot has four beds across two bedrooms and space for up to six guests. Located on a private pond only four miles from downtown Talkeetna, this charming log home was built in 1991 by local builders and is a wonderful temporary home throughout all seasons. A full kitchen with pots, dishes, and a BBQ on the deck makes cooking easy, while the pond-side location makes it great for swimming, canoeing, admiring wildlife and sunset viewing in summer and skiing or skating in winter. There’s a half-mile walking trail through the woods and a canoe at the pond for you to use if you’re looking to get up close with nearby nature. There’s also a yoga studio nearby, run by the owner if you’re looking for more relaxation.
Aurora Villa is a stunningly beautiful spot that stands out against the vibrant Northern Lights. One of the most incredible Airbnbs in the area, you’ll spend every day at this villa staring up at the sky and wishing you could stay forever. This one-bedroom house has space for up to four guests, although there are other rooms available if you’re traveling in a larger group. Each room comes with its own bathroom and luxury toiletries. Elsewhere at the property, you can relax back in the large living room, watch tv or cook up a feast with friends, or spend some time hiking in the surrounding areas. It’s a great spot for the latter, only a 20-minute drive from the city center and a one-hour drive from Chena hot springs.
You’ll feel a little like you’ve stepped into a storybook when you’ve checked into The Cabins at Kenai Lake. One for those who are looking for a stripped back experience with nature, this off-grid cabin comes with no outside distractions. A beautiful studio with room for up to five guests, it’s a place where you’ll well and truly switch off from the rest of the world. Here, there’s no electricity, no cell service and no WIFI. Instead, you’ll find a hand pump well water, propane lights and a wood stove for heat. A hidden gem for explorers, what this place lacks in modern amenities it more than makes up for with authentic experience. There’s a covered deck with a fireplace and steamer chairs, a lake at your footsteps and plenty more beyond. A short walk takes you to the lakeside sauna, the wood-fired hot tub and an outdoor shower. It’s an unmissable spot for Alaskan adventures.
This picture-perfect chalet is a wonderful spot for families to gather any time of year, with six bedrooms and room for up to 19 guests. A huge property, it’s one designed for making memories and sharing special occasions with loved ones. Everything about this place is designed to be shared, like the large gourmet kitchen, which features an island and bar table with seating for 10. State-of-the-art appliances and cookware are available for all of those incredible meals you can cook together. A spacious living room comes with a wood-burning stove and plenty of cozy seating to soak up gorgeous views of Mount Alyeska each day. Better yet, the theater and bedroom in the loft, accessible by ladder, is the perfect spot for watching a movie at the end of long days spent exploring this great state. The master bedroom is the most impressive, with a walk-in closet, a spa tub, and a shower with a steam room function for unmatched relaxation and self-care.
With four bedrooms and room for up to 10 guests, the large Denali Sunset House is a great escape for families looking to enjoy all of the delights of Alaskan wildlife. This vibrant peaceful oasis sits in a tranquil neighborhood of unique charming cabins and cottages, which means part of the fun from staying here comes from simply wandering around and admiring what’s nearby. Surrounded by natural landscapes, forests and wildlife, this house is perched on a ridge at the edge of Denali National Park, with beautiful mountain views from every window. There’s a full kitchen and an outdoor grill for preparing meals with your family or friends, and spacious bedrooms for a good night’s sleep before heading out on your Denali adventures. A range of books and board games promise hours of fun during the evenings here.
This huge wooden mountain lodge sits on a whopping 40 acres of land, which means no interruptions from anyone nearby whatsoever. Perfect for all kinds of family get-togethers, this expansive space features everything you could need during your vacation and plenty more. As you might expect from such a large spot, it’s got room for a large group. You’ll comfortably fit 15 people here, spread throughout five bedrooms and eight beds. The Legacy Mountain Lodge is a real fairytale Alaskan getaway, complete with a gourmet kitchen and a wraparound deck. You can unwind in a hot tub soak at sunset or break out the binoculars to watch for grazing wildlife. Inside, there’s everything from workout essentials to family games, while outside there’s a BBQ grill and comfortable seating. You can also enjoy farm tours and horseback riding trips, arranged through the owners here.
Stay at this unique cabin and you’ll find yourself mere steps away from sandy beaches where whales breach, otters play and eagles soar. If you’re someone looking to get up close with Alaskan wildlife, this cabin is an unmissable spot. It’s also one suited to all kinds of travelers, with one bedroom that features three individual beds. Looking to switch off and take a little time out from the rest of the world? Spend your days relaxing in the hammocks or adventuring in this magical natural world. At the end of the day, relax in the sauna or hot tub and then settle near a campfire while enjoying a beautiful sunset. When you find yourself drifting off, you can fall asleep to the sound of ocean surf and wake to a sunrise over the water. It’s just as picture-perfect as it sounds. The cabin is self-catering, so you’ve got full access to a well-stocked kitchenette throughout your stay. A rowboat and kayaks are free to use while you’re staying here, too.
This unique beach house proudly offers something that most other places can’t: beaches on both sides of the property. A stunning place set between rushing seas on either side, it’s a beautiful house with four bedrooms and room for up to 10 guests. In this rustic Beach House, you’ll have an ocean view from every window. The main living area is an open space with a vaulted ceiling, a cooking island, and a cozy fireplace for relaxed family game nights. Outside, you’ll find plenty of deck space with fire pits overlooking each beach. There’s a large BBQ for grill evenings and accessory buildings for added sleeping space. It’s also unique in how you’ll get to the property – it’s best accessed by a water taxi. You’ll want to bring your swimwear anyway though, to make use of the hot tub here. Kayaks and rowboats also come included.
The dramatic hilltops and rushing waters down below just add to the charm of this Homer-based luxury villa. Set on 22 acres of land, it’s got endless room for adventures – and that’s before you’ve even ventured into the stunning landscapes all around. Floor-to-ceiling windows throughout this spot never let you forget you’re currently staying amidst the Alaskan wilderness, providing the perfect atmospheric backdrop to your morning coffee or your evening family dinner. Perched on a cliff with stunning views of the Alaska Range, this ultra-modern house features four bedrooms, three bathrooms and two large decks. It’s one that hasn’t left anything out, with an L-shaped leather sofa, a fireplace, a flat-panel TV and a dining table for eight. Outdoors, make the most of the hot tub, gas grill, wet bars, fire tables and multiple chaise lounges. Schedule fishing excursions, glacier hiking and other activities if you feel like a change of scenery while you’re here.
This beachfront cabin in Seldovia is a cozy one, with room for two guests to enjoy a relaxing break with the waves crashing just outside the front door. Set purposely off the beaten path, it’s one for explorers and adventurers, with nature all around providing endless fun for you and your vacation partner to enjoy. This rustic and wildly unique cabin is nestled in the trees, surrounded by beaches. But it’s well equipped with all of the necessities like plugins for devices, a DIY sauna and a hot tub. The kitchen has not only pots and pans but also a coffee press and a small spice selection. Outside, there’s access to the wood-fired hot tub and sauna. You’ll never get cold, thanks to the large wood supply but, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, there’s also an ax and a chopping block nearby for your use. While this dry cabin might not have running water in the winter months, it makes up for it with exciting additions like the rowboats and kayaks included in your stay.
This modern multi-story house is perfectly located within minutes of the popular Alyeska Resort, which means all kinds of snow-based adventures are at your fingertips for the duration of your stay here. With room for 10 guests across four bedrooms, this hidden gem is a place you’ll return to again and again, whenever you’re missing Alaska’s charm. One of the most impressive parts of this rental is its surroundings: this gorgeous home has phenomenal 360-degree views of the Glacier Valley and the Chugach Mountains, promising picture-perfect scenes every morning. Most of the communal rooms here are based on the second floor, like the living room, kitchen and dining area. Head upstairs for the bedrooms and up once again for the stunning open-air rooftop deck, which sets this property above the rest. Here, you can soak in the majesty of nature from every direction. You’ll find high-end appliances and fixtures throughout the home as well as everything you’ll need to truly feel like you’re at a home away from home.
The Bear Cub Cabin is just as cute as its name suggests, an almost entirely wooden bedroom cabin built by Alaskan gold miners in the early 1900s. Nestled in the beautiful Chugach National Forest with towering Alaskan mountains right at your doorstep, this historic cabin brings together everything you could want from a trip to Moose Pass. While it might be historic on the outside, it was completely renovated on the inside in 2016. So, as well as the queen-size bed in the loft, there’s a modern kitchen and a bathroom inside. Clean, cozy and perfect for a couple looking to experience the many activities of the Kenai Peninsula: the beautiful seaside city of Seward is also nearby, just adding to the list of adventures here.
The beautiful Granite Point Mountain Lodge steals the show when it comes to proving Alaska might just be the best place in the world for incredible views. This spacious lodge is fully equipped for everything you need during your stay, with four beds across two bedrooms and room for seven guests in total. Rustic and authentic on the outside but modernized on the inside, this mountain lodge is only accessible by boat or helicopter. But it’s well worth the effort: this majestic Airbnb sits atop a 150-foot tall cliff directly above the ocean and has its own private beach. Once you’re there, you’ll never want to leave. Roomy and open-plan living space and kitchens provide all of the essentials throughout your stay. A quick glance out the window offers story-worthy views, like humpback whales, orcas, otters and sea lions frolicking below while eagles soar above.
This Anchorage-based chalet is a wonderful rustic getaway for large groups of friends or two families traveling together, with room for up to 10 guests in a beautiful setting. The star attraction at this spot is almost definitely the hot tub, which comes with a stunning backdrop and warm enough waters to keep you cozy even on those cooler evenings. The second best thing about this spot is its location, which is within easy walking distance to the mountain resort and local restaurants. After a long day of skiing or hiking, you can head back to the chalet and relax in either the hot tub or the welcoming living room. Bedrooms here come with cozy double beds, as well as plenty of cushions and blankets to ensure you’re always perfectly warm. There’s an open-plan living and dining room with a full kitchen, where you’ll likely start and end most days.
The Hobbit Cabin is a mythical escape into the depths of Alaska, in a unique setting that’s akin to something out of a storybook. This unique cabin is cute and small, with room for two guests and one bedroom. While it might be small, it packs a lot into its space and even has a claim to fame: the Hobbit House was featured on HGTV Mighty Tiny Houses in 2017. Stay here and enjoy this Airbnb’s beautiful landscapes filled with Alaskan flowers and wonderful walking grounds in every direction. While it’s only a five-minute drive to Talkeetna Town, it’s far away enough from the action that you can feel like you’re having a fully authentic getaway. The best part? The stunning lake, which you’ll spot every morning when you wake up.
A trip to Alaska isn’t complete without some kind of snow-based activity and a shot at seeing the Northern Lights. This seriously cool Aurora yurt ticks both of those things off the list, in a beautiful getaway location that promises spectacular views. Set above Fairbanks with great views of the Alaska Range and city, this yurt has space for five guests throughout three bedrooms. While the inside is cute and cozy with a knotty pine interior and French doors, the outside is the main attraction of this spot. Just outside the door, you’ll find yourself surrounded by skiing paths and hiking trails – perfect for adventurous travelers looking to explore some of the best that Alaska offers. Inside, there are two bedrooms plus a private sleeping loft with a double futon, a full bathroom with tub and shower as well as a washer and dryer, and a private deck with grill. There’s also a hot tub for ultimate luxury.
Borealis Basecamp strips things back to their origin, in a tiny clear roofed igloo promising spectacular views of the Alaskan sky each night. This unique spot is a must-visit for nature lovers, in a romantic spot with a wrap-around clear ceiling, that gives you unsurpassed views of wintry wonderland and the amazing Aurora Borealis. Each dome is designed for two people, with a private bathroom and kitchenette for a secluded paradise. The dome sits with a commanding view of the White Mountains and a great deck to enjoy it from. And you never have to leave: there’s an all-day access Yurt which provides breakfast, lunch and dinner for whenever you get hungry. Outside there’s plenty to experience, from trails, fire pits and fat-tire bikes to snowshoes, snow machines, ice fishing and dogsledding to complete your stay.
This cozy chalet brings together a picture-perfect setting in Anchorage for one family or a small group of friends. A private chalet, it’s got space for two people in one bedroom and space for an additional two on a futon. It promises brilliant sunrise and sunset views from the bedroom and captivating wildlife all around. The open plan design of this spot makes it great for catching up with old friends, with a large sofa and full kitchen equipped for lengthy dinners together and evenings spent chatting with a glass of wine. Set deep in the mountains, it’s a brilliant excuse to switch off and get away from it all, with no TV for distractions. There is Wi-Fi at this spot if needed, but you’ll probably be entertained enough without it. World-class hiking and skiing trails are within easy walking distance here, so you’ll likely spend most of your time outdoors.
The Round House fuses the gap between a traditional house and a yurt, with a sloped ceiling but hard walls, ensuring all of the unique features a yurt promises but with sturdy enough surroundings to avoid the cold outside air. With room for three guests in two bedrooms, this spot covers all of the essentials under one tidy roof, like a kitchenette with a coffee pot, microwave, and toaster, a TV for movie nights and a picnic table, grill, fire pit and sauna to help you maximize the surroundings here. A skylight adds to the ambiance of this unique rental in a natural setting. This popular spot is well-loved by everyone who visits, thanks to its easy distance to downtown Talkeetna.