Destination guide

Outdoor adventures in Alaska

Alaska is a nature-lover's dream, drawing travelers to its vast landscapes of soaring mountains, lush forests and enormous glaciers. Long summer days here are spent outdoors, hiking and mountain climbing in beautiful national parks, kayaking alongside icebergs, white-water rafting on rapid rivers and joining boat excursions in search of whales. When you've selected a hub for your adventures in "The Last Frontier", you'll find a range of Alaska vacation rentals await, whether you prefer a downtown home in the biggest cities of Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau, or a quiet cottage tucked away in the wilderness, with wildlife for neighbors.

Activities

Experience Alaska from above

With so many open spaces to discover in the largest state in the U.S. there are endless outdoor activities to participate in. Several companies offer helicopter and seaplane rides, providing a glimpse of spectacular surroundings and presenting incredible vistas that can only be seen from above. Such excursions take off from cities such as Anchorage and Juneau, where you'll find many Alaska vacation rentals. Flying over mountains and glaciers, these are perfect for snapping aerial photos of the breathtaking landscape below. Many flightseeing tours can be paired with ground experiences, including guided walks along icefields, husky dog-sled rides through the snow and boat rides along soaring glaciers.

Weather

Long summer days in Alaska

The summer months are some of the best for visiting Alaska, as temperatures typically warm into the 60s and daylight hours stretch long into the night. This is the best time of year for most outdoor activities, from trail hiking in national parks to canoe trips on lakes and rivers. May through September is prime whale-watching season and since these months are more popular, you'll want to book your Alaska vacation rental early to make sure you secure your preferred dates. If you want to avoid the crowds, winter visits, though cold, provide opportunities to witness the Aurora Borealis light up the sky.

Natural features

Exploring Alaska's wilderness and wildlife

With numerous national parks, wildlife preserves and conservation areas scattered around the state, there are endless spots to enjoy nature and seek wildlife among the colossal Alaskan wilderness known as "The Last Frontier". Denali National Park and Preserve is a popular spot to explore, with 6-million acres of land surrounding the highest peak in North America. Grizzly bears and reindeer are among dozens of mammal species that live here, while bald eagles can sometimes be spotted soaring above. Whale watching is a popular activity in Alaska, as the humpback variety make their way in summer to the waters around spots like Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Where to stay around Alaska?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,824 vacation rentals near Alaska. From 402 Cabins to 697 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Alaska for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Alaska?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Alaska. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Anchorage: 291 vacation rentals
  • Homer: 216 vacation rentals
  • Fairbanks: 103 vacation rentals
  • Seward: 137 vacation rentals
  • Girdwood: 159 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Alaska! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Alaska?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Alaska:

  • Anchorage: 291 rentals
  • Homer: 216 rentals
  • Fairbanks: 103 rentals
  • Seward: 137 rentals
  • Girdwood: 159 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Alaska?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Alaska are:

  • Wasilla, AK (WWA): 141 vacation rentals
  • Big Lake, AK (BGQ): 100 vacation rentals
  • Soldotna Airport (SXQ): 272 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Alaska?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Alaska. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Alyeska Ski Resort: 164 rentals
  • Alaska Botanical Garden: 296 rentals
  • Homer Spit: 220 rentals
  • Alaska SeaLife Center: 121 rentals
  • Wilderness Access Center: 46 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Alaska listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Alaska

Anchorage
291 vacation rentals
Homer
216 vacation rentals
Fairbanks
103 vacation rentals
Seward
137 vacation rentals
Girdwood
159 vacation rentals
Juneau
88 vacation rentals
Talkeetna
69 vacation rentals
Ketchikan
49 vacation rentals
Soldotna
267 vacation rentals
Palmer
91 vacation rentals
Kenai
257 vacation rentals
Sitka
40 vacation rentals
Wasilla
355 vacation rentals
Healy
45 vacation rentals
Cooper Landing
92 vacation rentals
North Pole
96 vacation rentals
Kodiak
38 vacation rentals
Willow
125 vacation rentals
Sterling
216 vacation rentals
Big Lake
54 vacation rentals