3 Days in Girdwood & Spencer Glacier

3 Days


Mid-May through mid-September



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.


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Day 1

Arrive in Anchorage - Day in Girdwood

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Fly into Anchorage, and make the 40-mile drive to Girdwood, taking your time to stop at the various viewpoints along the scenic Turnagain Arm. Once in Girdwood, make your first stop 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! Grab a bite to eat and a brew at the top of the mountain at the casual Bore Tide Deli or the upscale Seven Glaciers. Overnight in Girdwood.

Day 2

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 to the special Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop. Once there, you can you take a guided or unguided hike, or opt to paddle a kayak or raft out on a glacial lake with icebergs. You'll work up an appetite so be sure to grab a bite at one of Girdwood's great local restaurants. Overnight in Girdwood.

Day 3

Day in Girdwood - Depart from Anchorage

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Enjoy your final day in Girdwood! Hike one of the great local trails. Or, try is dog sledding! Mush through a forested trail on a wheeled cart, or take a scenic helicopter ride, land on a glacier, meet some excited dogs, and then get on the sled and mush across a mountaintop glacier. 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. Depart for home, or continue on from Anchorage to see another part of the state!