Kids of all ages play hard in this mountain community situated at sea level. Alyeska Resort is a gateway to hiking, mountain biking, and other slope-side treats. The town of Girdwood exudes a laid-back mountain vibe that might just convince you to linger longer.
DAY 1 THE GIFTS OF GIRDWOOD
Drive 45 minutes along scenic Turnagain Arm and Chugach Mountains to Alyeska Resort in Girdwood. Board the tram for a ride up the side of one of North America’s steepest ski runs, the North Face. Summer makes it a great place to spot wildlife and kettle ponds below. Grab lunch at the summit, and check out the free exhibits at the Roundhouse Museum. Thrill-seekers can speed down the mountain with lift-assisted mountain biking all summer long.
There are a lot of adventures to choose from. Explore Crow Creek Gold Mine, an original mining camp dating back to the 1890s. Winner Creek Trail is one of the area's most popular hikes. 4 wheeling trips tak off from nearby Bird, or hop a Pinzgauer for a Goldmine Safari Tour.
Feast in a funky Girdwood restaurant. This small town has huge culinary cred. You’ll find menus featuring Mediterranean, New Orleans-style dishes, famous steaks, Alaska seafood, gourmet burgers, and sushi. Diners can revel in stunning view of Alaska’s icy wonders at the four-diamond, award-winning Seven Glaciers Restaurant, perched 2,300 feet above sea level.