Roy Neese

Destination Girdwood

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

 

Morning

Drive 40 minutes along scenic Turnagain Arm and Chugach Mountains to Girdwood. 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 take off from nearby Bird, or hop a Pinzgauer for a Goldmine Safari Tour.

Afternoon

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.

Evening

Board the tram for a ride up. During winter, the North Face is one of North America’s steepest ski runs. During summer, the slopes are a great place to spot wildlife and kettle ponds below, and glaciers in the surrounding Chugach Mountains. Check out the free exhibits on Girdwood and its history at the Roundhouse Museum. Thrill-seekers can speed down the mountain with lift-assisted mountain biking all summer long.

Diners can revel in stunning view of Alaska glaciers from one of two restaurants at the summit. The Bore Tide Deli & Bar and the four-diamond, award-winning Seven Glaciers Restaurant, both perched 2,300 feet above sea level.

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