Several major airlines fly in and out of Anchorage, with Alaska Airlines (www.alaskaair.com) operating the most flights year-round.
Where to stay
Denali National Park and Preserve
Alaska Highway 3
There are six established campgrounds in the park, three of which allow RVs. Reservations are approved for up to 14 days total per summer season. The number of RV sites is limited, with nightly fees ranging from $16 to $28 per night; fees are waived in the winter. There are no electrical or water hookups. Reservations, which can be made starting Dec. 1 for the next summer, are handled by a Doyon-ARAMARK joint venture, 800-622-7275, www.reservedenali.com.
Where to eat
Land’s End Chart Room Restaurant & Lounge
4786 Homer Spit Road, Homer
Enjoy locally caught seafood year-round in a spectacular setting at the very tip of the 4½-mile-long Homer Spit, jutting into Kachemak Bay.
What to do
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center
625 C St., Anchorage
A must stop: an airy, modern museum with ingenious exhibits of art, artifacts, and the history of Alaska’s native peoples. After a visit, stop by one of the food carts on surrounding streets for a reindeer sausage sandwich.
2300 Airport Way, Fairbanks
Fairbanks was a creation of the Gold Rush, and this low-tech theme park with its historic little log cabins is a quirky gold mine of period equipment, housewares, clothing, and taxidermy along with kitschy gift shops and fried dough sellers.
Chena Hot Springs Resort
Chena Hot Springs Road
About 60 miles from Fairbanks, Chena Hot Springs attractions include year-round natural hot springs, geothermal renewable energy tours, dog sled and/or cart rides, and northern lights viewings. In the Aurora Ice Museum larger-than-life ice sculptures overlook the ice bar, and icy bedrooms can be rented for the night.