It's just over an hour from Anchorage to the Alaska Glacier Lodge, a retreat unique in its proximity to both civilization and real, wild Alaska.

the Alaska Glacier Lodge aglow. Photo by Tyler Bryan, Roam Wild Productions.

After you leave the main highway your two-lane route winds through forests of cottonwood and birch. At the road's end the trees open to a clearing tucked at the base of the mountain and within view of the braided glacial river the lodge is named for. Tidy rows of cabins look toward that river vista.

Late summer sunshine at the Alaska Glacier Lodge.

Those cabins are private and quiet. Inside they have a cleanly modern feel. Outside the covered porches make for the ideal place to savor the day's adventures.

Perfect end to an Alaska day at the Alaska Glacier Lodge. Photo by Tyler Bryan, Roam Wild Productions.

The main lodge building is home to the Raven's Roost. This culinary gem dishes views and delicious food in equal measure. Focusing on local Alaskan fare, the menu features the best seasonal produce and proteins, much of which is sourced from nearby farmers.

Enjoy a relaxing evening on the deck at the Alaska Glacier Lodge.

Raven's Roost desserts at the Alaska Glacier Lodge. Photo by Tyler Bryan, Roam Wild Productions.

At the Alaska Glacier Lodge wilderness and comfort are friendly neighbors. A rugged landscape dominates the horizon, and wildlife sightings are not infrequent. Here twin calves cautiously peak through the trees, mom moose not far behind.

Twin calves peek through the forest at the Alaska Glacier Lodge.

In Alaska the remote becomes reachable when you go by air. The Alaska Glacier Lodge is home base for daily helicopter tours. Mighty glaciers are just around the corner, 10 or so miles as the crow flies.

Enjoy spectacular views of Knik Glacier.

For availability, please visit the Alaska Glacier Lodge page. And for more info on those epic heli tours, click here, here, and here.

View of the Alaska Glacier Lodge and valley.

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