Where to eat and sleep
Historic AnchorageHotel. Built in 1936, this refurbished charmer has 26 rooms. From $199. (800) 544-0988.
The Hotel Captain Cook.The 547-room grand dame of Anchorage is modern and upscale. From $255.(800) 843-1950.
Lucky Wishbone. This 1955 diner’s chicken is a local legend.Closed Sun. 1033 E. Fifth Ave.; (907) 272-3454.Orso. Italian food with fresh Alaskan seafood flair. Lunch Mon-Fri, dinner daily. 737 W. Fifth Ave.; (907)222-3232.
Simon & Seafort’s. Fresh Alaskan seafood and Cook Inletviews. Lunch Mon-Fri, dinner daily. 420 L St.; (907) 274-3502.
GIRDWOODAlyeska Resort. A grand307-room hotel with mountain views. From $195. com or (800) 880-3880.
The Double Musky. Dinner Tue-Sun. Mile 0.3 on Crow Creek Rd.; (907) 783-2822.
Seven Glaciers Restaurant. Excellent dining at the top ofthe Alyeska tram. Dinner at 5:30 daily. (907) 754-2237.
VALDEZ TO PAXSON
Copper CenterLodge. Three daily meals and 19 simple rooms (10 with baths) inan authentic log roadhouse. From $109. On Loop Rd. off mile 101 on Richardson Hwy. (State4), Copper Center; (907) 822-3245.
Copper River PrincessWilderness Lodge. Upscale 85-room lodge serves three dailymeals. From $99. Mile 102 on Richardson Hwy. at Brenwick-Craig Rd.,Copper Center; (800) 426-0500.
Gakona Lodge and Trading Post. An authentic roadhouse witheight rooms; serves dinner nightly. From $85. Mile 2 on the Tok Cutoff, Gakona; (907)822-3482.
Gracious HouseLodge. A rustic and charming old roadhouse with 20 rooms (7with private baths); serves three daily meals. From $105. Mile 82 on the Denali Hwy. (State 8), 50 miles eastof Cantwell; (907) 333-3148.
Tangle Lakes Lodge.Back to the frontier: 11 log cabins (without plumbing); servesthree daily meals. From $75. Mile 22 on Denali Hwy., near Paxson; (907)822-4202.
NEAR DENALI NATIONAL PARK
Denali River Cabins andCedars Lodge. 53 contemporary cabins (with showers), 48motel-style rooms (with full baths); serves three daily meals. From $139. Mile 231.1 on George Parks Hwy. (State 3), 6 milessouth of park entrance; (800) 230-7275.
Mt. McKinley PrincessWilderness Lodge. 238 luxurious rooms. The Mountain ViewRestaurant serves three daily meals and has views of Mt. McKinley. From $99. Mile 133 on George Parks Hwy., 106 miles from parkentrance; (800) 426-0500.
Café Michele. Fresh, often local ingredients sparkchef-owner Michele Camera-Faurot’s menu. The food and homey settingare a welcome break from hotels. Mile 13.75 on Talkeetna Spur Rd.; (907) 733-5300.
Talkeetna AlaskanLodge. 200 contemporary rooms; views of Mt. McKinley.Restaurant serves three daily meals. From $225. Mile 12.5 on Talkeetna Spur Rd.; (888)959-9590.
Hatcher Pass Lodge.Rustic, with nine cabins, three lodge rooms; serves three dailymeals for guests. From $95. Mile 17.5 on Fishhook-Willow Rd.; (907)745-5897.