The unmatched raw beauty of one of nature's nearly untouched wildernesses, an Alaska honeymoon is an ideal private getaway for newlyweds of all types. Whether you choose to take in the majestic views and ice-encrusted waters from the deck of a fancy cruise ship or hole up in a cozy cabin built for two, there are many options from which to choose. To create an Alaska honeymoon out of this world, it all depends on what type of Alaskan experience you want.
By Land: The Woodsy Romance Package
For those who want the convenience of a warm room after a long day of nature hikes, shopping, dining, or ever-deep water fishing, a bed and breakfast close to town may be just the ticket. If you stay close to Anchorage look into the Earth B&B, which is the most convenient spot for photographers, fishermen, and fisher-women to get the beauty of the state but still enjoy fine dining and that home-away-from-home feel.
If you want a more remote honeymoon destination, go a little further out of town to Glacier Bay. Offering the most spectacular views in all of Alaska, this small city is home to sixteen glaciers and offers kayaking, canoeing, whale watching, and nature walks to its long list of activities. In Gustavus, a nearby town, a cozy cabin called the Good River Bed & Breakfast waits for the adventurous couple. They offer custom packages for honeymooners and even throw in a handmade quilt to seal the room's deal rustic charm at its best.
By Sea: The Alaska Cruise
If you want to enjoy the beauty of Alaska without having to pack a few pair of snow-pants, waders, and your Swiss Army knife, an Alaskan cruise is a honeymoon must-have. What type of vacation-on-water you prefer will come down to which cruise line you choose. There are several budget-friendly tours from which to choose (Princess Cruises and Alaska Tour Cruises are a couple good ones), so take your time settling on what type of cruise experience you want. Additionally, romantic honeymoon packages are abound, so be sure to ask your travel agent for a run down on what options you have.
Holland America offers honeymoon packages, which include a glacier and inner passage tour, or an adventure tour which allows newlyweds to set foot on land and explore the beauty of the wilderness themselves. Each package has a beautiful stateroom with 24-hour concierge service and entertainment in the evenings. If you want the best of both worlds, an Alaska cruise is the perfect way to get the glamorous elegance of a hotel while floating in and out of some of the most beautiful inlets in North America.
By Ice? One Unique Way to Experience Alaska
For the truly unusual experience, consider booking a honeymoon getaway in a Fairbanks hotel made completely of ice. The Aurora Ice Hotel and Chena Hot Springs Resort isn't simply a sheet of ice; it has amazing amenities. You can soak in the famous hot springs onsite, or you can visit their Aurorarium, which they claim is the best indoor spot in the entire world to view the Northern Lights. You can set up a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snowy mountains or take part in their amazing cross country skiing trails. With only six rooms in the ice hotel itself, its uniqueness makes up for what it lacks in size.
No matter whether you envision a bear rug and a cabin, a luxurious cruise, or a remote ice castle getaway, Alaska has something different to offer every honeymooner. All you need is hunger for adventure and a camera ready to capture it all.
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