With its larger-than-life landscapes and remoteness, Alaska is the perfect spot for an adventurous Valentine’s Day getaway. In February, the summer crowds melt away, turning the state’s popular attractions into peaceful, romantic escapes. This enormous state offers something for every couple, whether you’re longing to watch the northern lights and soak in the hot springs near Fairbanks, or wanting to enjoy excellent winter hiking and kayaking in Ketchikan. As you research where to go and what to do, check out charming, intimate vacation rentals in Alaska in these lovely cities.

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1. Anchorage

Take advantage of Alaska’s most luxurious urban amenities with a Valentine’s Day getaway in Anchorage. Relax with a couple’s massage at the Ice Spa, or try the Soft Pack heated flotation bed at the Adagio Day Spa. In the evening, catch a symphony, dance, or theater performance at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. For an adventurous outing, fly through snow-covered forests and across postcard-perfect fields on a dog-sledding tour with Salmon Berry Travel and Tours. On February 14, plan a date at the elegant Kincaid Grill and Wine Bar, or dine with panoramic views of the city at The Crow’s Nest.

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2. Halibut Cove

Enjoy peace, seclusion, and spectacular natural beauty in Halibut Cove, a tiny hamlet located within Kachemak Bay State Park. This tight-knit community, which is completely separate from the Alaska road system, is the perfect choice for active couples. Bring your warm winter gear and spend the days snowshoeing along the rocky coastline; the area is known for its wildlife sightings, so keep an eye out for bald eagles, otters, and seals. Kayak through the glaciers on a tour with True North Kayak Adventures or Three Moose Kayaking and Hiking, or hike to the nearby Grewingk Glacier for remarkable views. In the evening, cuddle up by the fire in one of Halibut Bay’s beautiful cabin vacation rentals. Homer sits just across Kachemak Bay, so you can get in and out easily with a boat transfer from Bay Roamers Water Taxi.

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3. Fairbanks

Experience the full beauty of an Alaskan winter in Fairbanks; in February, the trees glitter with snow, giving the wilderness a magical, romantic quality. Pack plenty of layers for cross-country skiing in the Goldstream Public Use Area and dog sledding with Black Spruce Dog Sledding or Cotter’s Sled Dog Kennel. For a once-in-a-lifetime outing, book the Arctic Circle Aurora Fly Drive Adventure with Northern Alaska Tour Company. Enjoy an aerial view of the remote Alaska back country on a flight to Coldfoot, drive across the Arctic Circle, and finish the day under the awe-inspiring northern lights. On Valentine’s Day, head up to Chena Hot Springs to soak in natural pools while snow falls gently.

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4. Juneau

Tucked at the base of the mountains in Alaska’s southern panhandle, Juneau is a picturesque Valentine’s Day vacation spot. Head to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center for panoramic views of the enormous ice sheets, or catch your dinner aboard a Fishing and Photo Safari with Rum Runner Whale Watching. February brings fantastic snow conditions to the nearby Eaglecrest Ski Area, so you can spend sunny afternoons snowboarding or skiing through fresh powder. When night falls, enjoy an intimate dinner at romantic downtown restaurants such as Hangar On The Wharf or The Rookery Cafe.

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5. Sitka

With its moderate February temperatures, Sitka makes a comfortable spot for a Valentine’s Day escape. Start your couple’s vacation with a flight or boat ride into town – in the winter, a glittering layer of frost covers the dense pine forests and soaring mountain peaks that sit just beyond downtown, infusing the area with a romantic charm. Take in the spectacular views with your sweetheart aboard a private tour with Alaska Adventure Sailing; ask the captain to add on a side trip to the remote Goddard Hot Springs on Baranof Island, where you can soak in naturally heated water year-round.

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6. Girdwood

Spend your Valentine’s Day on the slopes in Girdwood, which is home to the popular Alyeska Ski Resort. Renowned for its “steep and deep” terrain and powder, the mountain offers trails for all levels. Non-skiers can check out the breathtaking mountains, glaciers, and waterways aboard a helicopter tour with Alpine Air Alaska Flightseeing. On February 14, take a scenic tram ride up Mount Alyeska for a special date night at the stunning Seven Glaciers restaurant, which is known for its beautiful wine-tower wall. After a dinner of locally sourced seafood with glacier views, enjoy the restaurant’s specialty Baked Alyeska dessert.

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7. Ketchikan

If weather is a factor in your decision about where to go in Alaska for Valentine’s Day, look no further than Ketchikan. February brings limited snow, manageable temperatures, and very few tourists, so you can have the city’s attractions to yourself. Take in the views of Gravina Island and the Pacific Ocean from the Rainbird Trail, or ride the Cape Fox tram. Rent kayaks from Southeast Exposure and paddle around Pennock Island or up Ketchikan Creek. For a taste of local culture, wander among the totem poles in Totem Bight State Historical Park. After a day of exploring, enjoy a romantic dinner downtown at restaurants such as Cape Fox Lodge or Annabelle’s Famous Keg and Chowder House.

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