Getting off the grid and away from the crowds is what experiencing the last frontier is all about. There is no better way to fully submerge yourself into the endless beauty of the 49th state than to camp under the magical midnight sun. When it comes to being ‘one with nature’, the frills aren’t necessary. Are you ready to dive in head first? If so, you better check out these 15 rustic spots in Alaska that are extraordinary for camping.
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1. Camp Denali - Denali National Park & Preserve
Setting the bar high for eco-tourism in Alaska, Camp Denali is located 90 fascinating miles deep into Denali National Park & Preserve and it is utterly magical. If you have only time to experience one rustic camping spot this summer... make this it. It is mind blowing. The owners, the staff, the activities, the views... the list never ends. Simply magical and truly phenomenal.
2. Hatcher Pass - Talkeetna Mountains
Best accessible from the town of Palmer, these rustic cabins offer million dollar views... and SO much more! Go hiking, biking, ride ATVs or just kick back and enjoy some of the most epic views in all of Alaska.
3. Miller's Landing – Seward
Away for the summertime hustle and bustle of downtown Seward and right at the best access point to the Kenai Fjords National Park. Stay in a dry cabin, put your toes in the ocean, wet a line or journey out on an epic kayaking excursion. You can have it all at Miller's Landing on The Kenai, Alaska's Playground!
4. Karluk River – Kodiak
This 24 mile long river offers incredible camping spots, sans the crowds. Spend the day floating the river and fishing for all five species of salmon or steelhead.
5. White Mountains National Recreation Area – Nome
One million acres of astoundingly beautiful Alaskan wilderness. Camping here gives you access to an unlimited amount of trails and exceptional wildlife viewing. This is truly Alaska at its finest!
6. Freddie’s Roadhouse – Caribou Hills
This hot spot on The Kenai, Alaska's Playground is an exceptional area to enjoy adrenaline packed activities all year long. Load up all your friends and bring your ATVs to ride endless muddy trails for miles upon miles. End the day at the roadhouse with a delicious meal and wonderful hospitality.
7. Nizina River – McCarthy
Flowing out of the Nizina Glacier, staying on this beautiful river offers truly awe-inspiring views of the Wrangell Mountains. Float the river and let yourself melt into the most stunning Alaskan backdrop that your eyes have ever seen.
8. Central Brooks Range – Gates of the Arctic National Park
Endless mountain views and a true outdoor mecca. If you want to get deep into Alaska's backcountry, this is where you need to go. It is utterly life changing!
9. Otto Lake – Healy
Located just a hop, skip and jump from the Denali National Park entrance, Otto Lake is the perfect place to take a swim, paddle the canoe about or stay overnight and kick back with an Alaskan Amber.
10. South Turnagain Arm - Hope
The magical views of the Turnagain Arm are something so breathtaking and special when you experience them from the quaint town of Hope on The Kenai, Alaska's Playground. Nothing beats waking up to a beautiful and refreshing sunrise from the beach in Hope. NOTHING!
11. Tongass National Forest - Admiralty Island
Go into the wild and submerge yourself into the great outdoors. Camping on Admiralty Island is the perfect place to see lots of bears and to truly be one with nature.
12. Diamond M Ranch – Kenai
This place is truly something special! If you are visiting The Kenai to stay and play, we couldn't recommend this rustic spot more. Bring your RV or get a bit more rustic. Enjoy lots of animals, fun events and one of the nicest and hardest working families in all of Alaska.
13. Agiak Lake – Gates of the Arctic National Park
For a truly fascinating and unique one-of-a-kind Alaskan experience, camping at Agiak Lake among tons and tons of roaming caribou is an absolute must.
14. Giddings Cabin and Cache - Kobuk Valley National Park
This truly rustic Alaskan spot was was built by the famous archaeologist J. Louis Giddings, prior to the establishment of the National Park. It's impossible not to feel like you're a part of Alaska's roots when you experience this historic spot.
15. Wolverine Lake – Palmer
This peaceful lake is easily accessible and truly the perfect place to kayak, pitch a tent or stay in an adorable rustic cabin.
How many of these incredible rustic camping places do you plan on visiting this summer?