Denali National Park, Alaska
On a glacier ten miles northeast from Denali’s peak, Sheldon Chalet is one of the most remote guesthouses on the planet. The family-owned chalet honors its namesake, esteemed Alaskan bush pilot Don Sheldon. He acquired the chalet’s five rugged acres under the Homestead Act in the 1950s with one goal in mind: to build an isolated vacation spot in Denali National Park, accessible only by plane. Sheldon passed away before his dream became reality, but his two children saw the vision through in 2018. The Sheldon Chalet sits at 6,000 feet elevation, with five luxury rooms that sleep up to two guests each. A remote mountain locale means adventure opportunities abound, like mountaineering ropes courses, sledding, glacier treks, and rappelling, with evening fires on the deck followed by fine Alaskan dining inside. Prices start at $3,150 per person for a three-night minimum stay; helicopter transit from Talkeetna (110 miles north of Anchorage) is included.