Alaska is truly the great outdoors. Fresh air, cool temperatures and stunning sights make this atypical paradise the ideal destination for camping adventures. Pack up your heavy blankets and best tents. It’s time to go camping in the wild wilderness.
If you can bear driving the rocky, not always well-kept Denali Highway, truly remarkable adventures await you. Climb boulders, catch fish, see wildlife from bears to moose, pick berries and more at this cool, calm location that’s miles away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Where: Denali National Park
Spend the night under lush spruce trees adjacent to the gorgeous Kenai Lake without getting too far away from modern conveniences. Water, bathrooms, dumpsters and fire pits are all regularly available to visitors who pay a small fee to spend the night. Make sure the kids are entertained by roasting marshmallows over a roaring fire in the cool Alaskan air.
Where: Seward Ranger District
South Rolly Lake Campground
Maybe you aren’t quite ready to camp in a tent, especially during those freezing cold nights. You have other options at South Rolly Lake, where cabins are available on nearby lakes like Red Shirt, Lynx, Bald, Nancy and James. Equipped with wood-burning stoves, insulated walls and wooden bunks, you can rough it at this stunning location without getting too roughed up.
Auke Village Campground
Once site to the native population of Auk Tlingit, this location next to a stunning beach has 12 camp sites with fireplaces and picnic tables. Toilets and sinks are also available to campers as they experience the great outdoors.
Mendenhall Glacier Campground
This 60-unit campsite is surrounded by spectacular sites of wildlife and lush greenery, but be careful not to bring food into your tent. Wildlife means bear sightings, and bears are always hungry. Take extra precaution, but be sure to enjoy the truly magnificent Alaskan sights. Kayak at Mendenhall Lake or hike the West Glacier Trail.
Portage Cove Campground
Equipped with cabins and a community fire pit, this quaint Whittier location comes with the option to meet other travelers over a cup of free coffee provided by the host, as well as free wood for fires. Bathrooms and showers are available for travelers who insist on staying clean. Views of snow-capped mountains and creeks make this the perfect romantic getaway.