6 Days in Girdwood, Seward & Kenai Fjords from Anchorage

6 Days


Mid-May through mid-September



Why This Trip?

This itinerary serves up a great overview of Southcentral Alaska. Beginning in Anchorage, you'll head over to explore the mountains around Girdwood and then experience the stunningly beautiful Kenai Fjords National Park, full of glaciers and all kinds of marine wildlife.


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Day 1

Day & Overnight in Anchorage

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Welcome to Anchorage! Take today to explore Alaska's largest city. Walk or bike the dramatic, 11-mile Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. Go on a city tour via trolley or bike to get an overview, or join a brewery tour and sample some of the innovative suds being brewed here. Then get an in-depth picture of the city and state at the Anchorage Museum, or visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center for a dose of history and culture. Of course, you'll also want to experience the city's fantastic bars and restaurants.

Day 2

Day & Overnight in Girdwood

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Today you'll make the 40-mile drive to Girdwood; the incredibly scenic route is a great introduction to the beauty of Alaska. Look for Dall sheep and beluga whales along the way. Once there, visit the 1898-era Crow Creek Mine, where you can pan for your own gold; go for a hike; or ride the Alyeska Resort Aerial Tramway for a spectacular panoramic view!

Day 3

Day & Overnight in Seward

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Make the 90-mile drive to the quaint seaside town of Seward. Explore the shops and galleries, but be sure to make time for a visit to the Alaska SeaLife Center—an aquarium and research facility where you can get an up-close view of Alaska's unique marine creatures, like Stellar sea lions and harbor seals, as well as birds like puffins. Also, don't miss the unique opportunity of walking right up to the face of a glacier! Exit Glacier is just a 10- to 15-minute drive from town; a 20-minute walk brings you right up to the mountain of blue ice, where you can listen to it crackle.

Day 4

Day in Seward & Kenai Fjords National Park

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Jaw-droppingly beautiful, Kenai Fjords National Park plays host to some of the state's most spectacular fjords and glaciers. And several great tour operators offer half- or full-day cruises that take you out to witness their majesty and experience the thrill of a calving glacier. You'll also be on the lookout for willdife like whales and sea otters. Interested in fishing? Book a charter and head out angling for halibut, salmon, lingcod, and rockfish.

Day 5

Day in Seward & Kenai Fjords National Park

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Experience the thrill of flightseeing! This area offers endless stunning vistas of mountains and sea, with the chance to look down on marine wildlife. Add some time and land in your helicopter on a glacier, where you can get out and explore the rive of ancient ice. Or sample the iconic sport of dog sledding, with excited dogs pulling you along the glacier. Another amazing option is to explore one of Seward's many lovely hiking trails, which offer incredible views all their own.

Day 6

Drive from Seward to Anchorage

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Then it's time to drive back to Anchorage. If you have time, drop by the 200-acre Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, where you'll get an up-close view of some of the state's unique creatures. Another option is to visit Portage Glacier, where you'll often see big blue icebergs along the shore of the lake by the parking area. Take the one-hour boat cruise to get close to the glacier, or spend time at the Begich Boggs Visitor Center to learn more about this special area.