A good rule of thumb when visiting Alaska is to expect the unexpected. The state is peppered with all kinds of interesting and abandoned structures. Old mines, shuttered military bases and forgotten towns. But there’s a surprise waiting on the George Parks Highway near Cantwell, Alaska. It’s the abandoned four-storey Igloo Hotel. And you have to see it to believe it.
The Igloo Hotel
Driving down the George Parks Highway between Wasilla, Alaska and Denali National Park you'll spot the Igloo Hotel.
Construction began on the Igloo Hotel back in the 1970s.
…to Broken Dream
But as with many fanciful projects, things went wrong.
The money ran out before the Igloo Hotel could be completed.
Just a Shell
The outside of the building was finished.
But the inside of the Igloo Hotel remained an empty shell.
Due to vandalism and safety concerns, the Igloo Hotel is usually locked up tight. But sometimes a door is left open and lucky visitors can pop inside and sneak a peek.
There isn't much to see, but it is a creepy experience.
Although it looks solid, parts of the structure weren't built to code.
The property has changed hands a couple of times but attempts to finish the Igloo Hotel have failed. The money always runs out.
For a while there was a gas station on the site. But it shut down due to lack of traffic.
The Igloo Hotel is slowly rotting away. The past 40 years have taken their toll.
There may be some hope yet. The site is up for sale.
If you've got US$300,000 to spare, you can buy the Igloo Hotel and the land it sits on.
If you're going to do anything with it, however, you better have deep pockets.
But if you DID buy the Igloo Hotel AND you fixed it up, you'd certainly have a unique home in a beautiful part of the world.