Why This Trip?
This quick trip, which you can take by train or rental car, brings you to a stunning town full of adventures. It may be famous as a winter ski area, but Girdwood also offers amazing adventures year-round: kayak around icebergs, look for marine wildlife, go flightseeing and land on a glacier, and much more.
Arrive in Anchorage - Day 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 & Overnight in Girdwood
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Today, you'll travel to see the Spencer Glacier, an amazing river of blue ice. Even better, this wilderness area is accessible only by riding the rails, and you'll take a fun train ride to get there—the special Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop. Once there, you can you take a guided or unguided hike, or opt to paddle a kayak out on a glacial lake with icebergs.
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.