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As the largest and one of the least populated states in the country, Alaska is a place where you’ll often see more wildlife than people, and there are practically countless options for vacationing here and nearly as many cabin rentals. Whether you want a cabin that’s convenient to the capital city of Juneau or Anchorage, the biggest city in Alaska, you’re looking for that idyllic remote wilderness experience or something in between, you’ll find it here. These offerings provide some of the best you’ll find no matter what your idea of an Alaskan escape.
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Tucked into the woods just five miles from Fairbanks, this top-rated cabin in the U.S. is an ideal spot to make your Alaskan wilderness dream come true. It’s a semi-dry cabin, which means it’s a bit like glamping, with the shower outdoors and the bathroom an outhouse, but you will have running water in the full kitchen. It also has a fire pit for hot dogs and marshmallows roasting along with trails for hiking and abundant wildlife, including moose that often come to drink from the pond.
Many people dream of being able to witness the northern lights, and if you’re one of them, you’ll definitely want to book this cozy cabin. It sits in a perfect spot to catch Mother Nature’s show, and the hosts run a tour company which means it will be easy to join all sorts of excursions too. Located in the town of North Pole near Fairbanks, it includes one bedroom and one loft, accommodating up to four guests, and has a large deck for aurora watching. There’s also a full kitchen with everything you need to cook your own meals, a living room with a TV, DVD player and movies, a washer/dryer, and Wi-Fi.
A lakefront cabin in the heart of the Kenai Peninsula, this is where you want to go to escape the real world as it’s totally off-grid, with no electricity, no cell service or Wi-Fi. It does have a wood stove for heat, hand pump well water, and propane lights. You’ll have the total remote wilderness experience yet it’s just minutes from the Seward Highway, 19 miles north of Seward. It includes a huge covered deck with a fireplace and steamer chairs where you can grill your dinner and enjoy relaxing with a drink.
This secluded cabin is in the backyard of the host’s home, located just outside of Anchorage nestled in the woods at the base of Bear Mountain. Ideal for a couple who wants to be near the city while enjoying a quiet setting, it’s close to hiking and single track trails, a Frolfing course and lakes. It comes with a fire pit, small kitchen, queen bed, loft, and bathroom with a shower.
This one-bedroom cabin comes with a fireplace and accommodates up to five. It’s located in the wildlife-filled Sitka Sound, and from the deck out front, you can watch minks that frequently frolic across the beach and otters feasting in the cove. You’ll have three complimentary kayaks for paddling out in the water too, where everything from seals and sea lions to whales and bald eagles can be spotted. This remote rental can only be accessed by boat, but the host offers transportation for an additional fee.
For a truly authentic Alaskan wilderness experience, this remote cabin is the real deal. It’s a fully guided trip that includes a private cabin, accessed with a 5-mile hike from Talkeetna in the Denali area, so you’ll need to be fit enough for the trek. Once you’re there, you’ll enjoy the ultimate tranquility and breathtaking scenery. The cabin overlooks a fishing lake, and from there, hikes bring frequent sightings of moose, caribou and bears. It includes sleeping bags, coffee, and snacks, but you won’t find electricity, running water, or Wi-Fi here.
Nestled in the forest overlooking a turquoise lake and surrounded by snow-capped mountains, this luxurious chalet-style cabin is just 90 minutes from Anchorage, 30 minutes from Seward and 15 minutes from Copper Landing, renowned for world-class fishing. It accommodates five and includes all the essentials, with upscale features like a hot tub, fireplace, and kayaks. A full-stocked kitchen with everything you need to make your own meals and a satellite TV with a DVD player are included too.
This cozy cabin tucked among the trees accommodates up to four guests, located just a few miles from shops and restaurants in downtown Juneau. While there is good cell service, there is no TV or Wi-Fi, so it’s the perfect place to disconnect, unwind and just enjoy the Alaskan scenery. It includes a small kitchenette for preparing meals, board games and books.
Located in the small community of Nelchina on Schooner Lake, about 2.5 hours from Anchorage, this cabin accommodates five and offers gorgeous views of the Chugach Mountains and the lake which attracts a wide range of wildlife, including the occasional bear, moose, caribou, beaver, fox, and migrating birds like loons and eagles. You’ll have direct access to canoeing and swimming, and in the winter months, cross-country skiing. A short hike around the lake brings a spectacular view of the Nelchina River from on top of the bluff. It includes a large bedroom with a king-size bed, a washer/dryer, and south-facing windows for views and abundant light from every room.
Located less than seven miles from the town of Big Lake, 90 minutes from Anchorage and convenient for trips to Denali, this cabin sits on peaceful West Beaver Lake. Right near the edge of the water, you’ll enjoy serene views of the water from the large front porch, floating dock, and living room. Relax while watching the fish jump and the loons float by. While it can accommodate four, it’s ideal for two, providing a romantic stay that includes a canoe and paddleboat to enjoy early morning paddles when the water is like glass. You can fish for trout and land-locked salmon or explore, searching for the beaver lodges. It comes with a full kitchen and gas grill, but no TV – those views are better than staring at anything on a screen anyway!
This two-bedroom lakefront rental is just 20 minutes from Kenai, surrounded by the Alaskan wilds, set directly on March Lake with access to Douglas Lake, both of which are stocked with rainbow trout. Complimentary fishing poles are included. It accommodates up to five, best for a family with an open-floor concept that includes a loft area upstairs, with an open bedroom. The kitchen has all the essentials, including all stainless steel appliances, and there’s a large deep freezer in the garage that’s perfect for freezing the fish you catch too.
Located in the south end of Anchorage, just 15 minutes from the airport, this studio cabin is connected to the main house, set on over an acre of land and across from a park with multiuse trails. While it feels secluded, you’ll be just minutes from pretty much everything, including a kitchenette area with a refrigerator, microwave, small convection oven, Keurig coffeemaker, dishes, and cookware. Books, DVDs, and games are included too.
Overlooking the marina at the mouth of George and Carroll Inlets edging one of the state’s major salmon runs, this cabin enjoys a prime position for watching the many bears that inhabit Ketchikan. It will also put you close to Alaska Canopy tours for whizzing through the trees and bear watching, and you’ll be steps from the marina if you want to rent watercraft or enjoy a local bar for burgers, beer, and occasional bluegrass music. it includes a full kitchen, Wi-Fi and cable TV.