State of Alaska | Matt Hage

Girdwood

It’s technically part of the Municipality of Anchorage, but Girdwood has a whole different vibe — which makes it perfect for a quick weekend getaway outside the hustle and bustle of the city.

The ski resort community is steeped in Alaska history and its own distinct character, and it’s an all-season destination. In winter, skiers flock to Girdwood’s world-class slopes. Summer brings even more adventure. Browse for blueberries. Hike alpine paths. Bike Gird to Bird (or vice versa). Ride the aerial tram for a visit to the historic Roundhouse at Alyeska Museum. The octagonal structure, built in 1960, served as a warming hut and gathering place before being added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.

Browse made-in-Alaska gifts and goods at Girdwood’s small shops, or pan for gold at the historic Crow Creek Mine. Newer local landmarks include colorful mural art and a hidden climbing wall under a bridge over Glacier Creek. A few miles down the Seward Highway, the mouth of the 20 Mile River is a popular site for residents to come hooligan dipnetting in the summer. Come for a day or stay for a long weekend; experience a side of the city you won’t find anywhere else.

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