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Forest Service Cabins

$199 or less
Editor's Pick
Alaska, United States, North America: Forest Service Cabin was opened in 2008 on the Sitka road system in Alaska's Tongass
Tel: 877 444 6777's insider take:

If it's a true Alaska wilderness experience you're after, stay in one of the nearly 200 Forest Service cabins, located all over the state and mostly accessible only by charter plane or boat. The cabin accommodations are absolutely bare-bones: a cookstove (bring your own fuel—be sure to ask when you book if the stove takes #1 or #2 stove oil), a couple of sleeping platforms for six or eight people (bedding not provided), and an outhouse. You can forget about electricity, but for about $40 per night, you get a roof over your head, no one else around, and a million-dollar view. The beauty of the cabins is their location, on lakes perfect for fishing (there's usually a loaner rowboat) or inlets so still that the water mirrors birds taking flight. You can make reservations up to 180 days in advance (the most popular cabins, like the one at Anan or those in Misty Fjords, can book up immediately), but even if you start looking the day before your trip, you'll find an unforgettable place to stay. A couple of caveats: Always bring extra supplies, especially to fly-in cabins, and never book tight connections at the end of your stay. Alaska's weather is not interested in your schedule, and although the state has incredible pilots, there are occasionally days when they're grounded.—Edward Readicker-Henderson

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.