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Copper Whale Inn

You needn't leave Anchorage's Copper Whale Inn to discover Alaska's beauty. The state's natural heritage is captured in the pictures on the walls of your room, and visible through just about every window of this unique downtown inn. The Copper Whale Inn is located in the heart of historic, eclectic Anchorage, convenient to the city's major attractions. The inn's west hillside location also offers stunning views of Cook Inlet, the Alaska Range and the Mt. Spurr Volcano. Binoculars on your windowsill make it easy to spot beluga whales that roam the volatile waterways, and innkeeper Tony Carter - a marine biologist - is always on hand to answer questions.

One of the few buildings that survived the 1964 Anchorage earthquake, the Copper Whale Inn contrasts with the downtown high-rises. Lush gardens grace the exterior in the summer, while inside the inn is cozy and inviting, with original pine floors and brightly painted rooms warmed by a brass-trimmed fireplace. Built in1939 by a local doctor, this original summer home is historic by Anchorage standards (the city was founded in 1917). Innkeeper Tony Carter loves to discuss the inn's storied past, as well as talk about the state's marine and wildlife treasures.

The inn's complimentary breakfast includes fresh-baked biscuits, muffins, cereal, juices and coffee, as well as an ample selection of fresh fruit, which is shipped in from warmer climates. For lunch or dinner, try Anchorage's fine selection of eateries, all within easy walking distance from the Copper Whale Inn.