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Westmark Anchorage Hotel exterior

What comes first, the destination or the hotel?

When planning a vacation, one doesn’t usually choose the city based on the hotel. While your choice of hotel can make or break your trip, it is usually what’s outside the hotel that determines your destination. For those who have a trip to the Great North and a viewing of the northern lights on their bucket lists, Westmark Hotels are strategically located throughout the Great Land, making it easy to complete a comprehensive tour of the area while staying with Westmark, a brand you can trust with your travel needs.

Embark on your Adventure from Whitehorse or Dawson City

Westmark Fairbanks Hotel roomWhether you start in Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon, and make the journey south to such stunning destinations as Skagway, Sitka and Juneau in southeast Alaska, or you venture west from Dawson City to Fairbanks and Anchorage, Westmark can provide you with a perfect place to rest your head throughout your road trip across the Last Frontier.

Mountain view near Beaver Creek on Westmark Hotels Alaska/Yukon

Mountain view near Beaver Creek

Much of Alaska is not accessible by road. However, an itinerary that includes stops in central, interior and southeast Alaska guarantees a perfect sampling of almost everything the state has to offer. The Yukon locations Dawson City and Whitehorse are all conveniently situated along the Alaska Highway, for anyone making the legendary trip via this epic road to and from the 49th state.

Explore Alaska

There are also Westmark Hotels in each of Alaska’s three largest cities, Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau. Fairbanks is the prime location for your dream viewing of the “northern lights”(Aurora Borealis). Be sure to plan your Alaska vacation September through March for optimal viewing. With any of these Alaska locations as a jumping-off point, it is easy to travel to almost anywhere else in the state.

Emerald Lake located on the south Klondike Highway on Westmark Hotels Alaska/Yukon

Emerald Lake, located on the South Klondike Highway

Our Juneau, Sitka and Skagway properties in Southeast Alaska require travelers to deviate from the famed Alaska Highway, but it is certainly worth the extra travel time to reach such stunning landmarks as Juneau’s Mendenhall Glacier, the many beautiful and historical trails around Skagway and whale-watching opportunities in Sitka.

Add on to your Yukon-Alaska Itinerary

The drive to Skagway passes through the Yukon community of Whitehorse. The short journey between Whitehorse and Skagway on the South Klondike Highway is a magnificent trip back in time, as you pass through the historic community of Carcross and past the ruins of the Venus Mine. Take your time: Whitehorse happens to be a Westmark community, well-worth stopping at for a night. With an eclectic music and food scene, right on the banks of the famous Yukon River, it’s a great add-on to any Yukon-Alaska itinerary.

If you are looking for the perfect gateway to Alaska, just take a look at our website and the locations of our properties. Our staff at Westmark Hotels are always happy to help get you familiarized with the surrounding area and assisting you in choosing a hotel in Alaska or the Yukon, and all the exciting things it offers.