Set directly on the Chena River, this 208-room lodge truly is a rustic Alaska escape. The lobby makes you feel like you've arrived at a remote wilderness lodge in the Alaskan bush: there's Alaskan artwork along with stuffed polar bears, moose, and caribou, as well as furniture dating from the territorial days. The resort is the ideal gateway to all the outdoor adventures that Alaska affords from fishing and hunting to hiking, dog-sledding and more.
Choose from one of the 180 rooms, or treat yourself to one of the 28 log cabins. Some of them overlook the river, where you'll find a walkway and 600 feet of perennial and annual flower gardens.
The grounds at Pike's Waterfront Lodge have some hidden surprises as well. Admire the hydroponically grown lettuce, strawberries and tomatoes in the greenhouse. Pike's has just added solar panels to reduce its carbon footprint. Relax out on a bench at Miss Connie's Secret Garden, a quiet, landscaped hideaway on the property. And be sure to admire the lodge's seasonal tenants-the ducks. They even have their own mini hotel called the Lucky Duck Hotel which has free cable TV and a swimming pool (for ducks only). Dinner for the ducks is provided by you.