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Adventurous Honeymoons: Enjoy Outdoor Sightseeing in Alaska

Martha Stewart Weddings, Special Issue 2011

Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

This is truly untamed territory -- one of our country's last great frontiers. An epic way to embrace it is by nestling into a cozy, secluded lodge where everything the majestic state is known for lies right outside your front door.

The Experience
Arriving at the remote accommodations of Alaska Wildland Adventures is part of the allure. A rafting trip down the Kenai River delivers you to the Backcountry Lodge (above) on the shores of Skilak Lake, loved by many a moose. It's a hiker's paradise, where a perfect day includes a climb to survey the wilderness, several blissful minutes in the wood-fired sauna, and a dinner of wild salmon. Next up? The Glacier Lodge, a coastal cluster of log cabins facing Pedersen Glacier. On guided kayak trips, you'll glide past icebergs, maybe spot breaching whales, and snap pics of puffins (two nights at Backcounty from $975 per person, all-inclusive; three nights at Glacier from $1,575 per person, all-inclusive; alaskawildland.com).

Where to Stay
At Backcountry Lodge, ask for the original hunting cabin, a retreat dripping with old-world charm. At the Glacier Lodge, request Cabin 1 or 16, both of which are a little more private than the rest.

When to Go
Due to an extreme winter climate, the season is short -- from June to mid-September -- so anytime the inns are open is a good time to visit.

How to Get There
Jet into Anchorage, and rent a car. It's a two-hour drive to Backcountry's raft-launch point and another hour from there to Glacier.