Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge Redefines the Hotel Shuttle

Take an Alaskan wilderness safari

This is no summer camp. (Courtesy of Alaska Wildland Adve)

The four-hour boat journey here from Seward, Alaska, doubles as a wilderness safari, with opportunities to spot orcas and pods of porpoises. The reward for the journey is solitude: the lodge’s 16 cozy cabins are the only accommodations in 670,000-acre Kenai Fjords National Park. Each morning, the crash of a calving tidewater glacier doubles as an alarm clock, and guests gear up for naturalist-led hikes along the Pedersen Glacier and kayak excursions dodging ice floes. At night, guest lecturers talk about the native Alaskan culture and the surrounding wilderness. But rest assured, this is no summer camp: bartenders serve up tasty glacier-ice margaritas. From $1,495 for three nights, all-inclusive. 

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