Where to go for a soak in Alaska

The best hot springs in Alaska

Whether you are on the road as a tourist, or you live in Alaska year round, hot springs are a unique and relaxing way to experience the great outdoors on the Last Frontier. Here are our picks for the top three hot springs in Alaska.

Chena Hot Springs

This resort offers a full list of amenities, from winter hot tubbing to watch the Aurora Borealis, to a full service bar for guests. Note: if you visit the resort in winter, they recommend that you plug in your car’s block heater overnight to keep it from freezing. Bring your own extension cord, or purchase one from the gift shop.

Tolovana Hot Springs

Located in the remote interior of the state, these springs can only be reached by hiking in, hiring a bush plane, or canoeing and hiking. There are no personnel on site, so the management recommends that only people with backcountry experience attempt the trip.

Pilgrim Hot Springs

If you want to try to take advantage of Pilgrim Hot Springs near Nome, you had better act fast. The town plans to tap the hot springs and use it as a geothermic electric plant, supplying clean energy to the town.

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