Why This Trip?
Rent a car for this scenic trip that takes you to two towns full of iconic views and Alaskan adventures. Girdwood is famous as a winter ski area but offers lots of year-round fun. And Whittier is the gateway to gorgeous Prince William Sound, full of glaciers and wildlife.
Arrive in Anchorage - Day & Overnight in Girdwood
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After arriving in Anchorage, make the 40-mile drive to Girdwood or take the train; both are incredibly scenic and offer a great introduction to the beauty of Alaska. Once there, visit the 1898-era Crow Creek Mine, where you can pan for your own gold. And ride the Alyeska Resort Aerial Tramway for a spectacular panoramic view!
Day in Whittier / Prince William Sound | Overnight in Girdwood
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From Girdwood, it's around 25 miles to Whittier. Be aware that you'll pass through the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel; because it's only one lane, you'll want to consult the traffic schedule. Once in Whittier, take a half- or full-day cruise into Prince William Sound for sublime wildlife and glacier viewing, then make the drive back to Girdwood.
Day in Girdwood - Depart from Anchorage
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Enjoy your final day in Girdwood! One fun activity to try is glacier dog sledding: You'll take a scenic helicopter ride, land on a glacier, meet some excited dogs, and then get on the sled and feel the thrill of this very Alaskan experience. After that, spend some time at the 200-acre Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, where you'll get an up-close view of some of the state's unique creatures. Then it's time to make the scenic drive back to Anchorage.