4 Day Northern Lights Vacation from Anchorage

4 Days

Season

Nov 15 - April 1

Transportation

Car

Why This Trip?

This winter itinerary gives you the opportunity to explore Alaska's biggest city and enjoy classic cold-season activities in and around Anchorage. You'll experience Alaska's world-class ski resort and have the chance to go in search of the dazzling northern lights.

Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive in Anchorage - Day in Palmer / Wasilla


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Pick up your rental car in Anchorage and check into your hotel; you'll be using the city as a base today. You can make the 45-minute drive to the Palmer/Wasilla area for some iconic winter activities in the Alaskan backcountry, like cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, or dog sledding. You could also opt to stick around town and visit the city's world-class museums and great art galleries, or even check out a winter festival if one is going on. In the evening, book a tour to go in search of the northern lights, or check out our list of places to hunt on your own in the Anchorage area.

Day 2

Day & Overnight in Girdwood


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Today you'll be making the 45-minute drive to Girdwood, home to the world-renowned Alyeska ski resort. Get an early start if you want to hit the slopes; you could also go fat-tire biking. Or simply check into the Hotel Alyeska and bask in the luxurious surroundings. Here, you'll have the unique opportunity of looking for the northern lights; ask the hotel for an aurora wake-up call and they'll notify you if the famed aurora borealis light up the night sky.

Day 3

Day & Overnight in Girdwood


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Take advantage of another day in this world-class wonderland. Spend the day schussing down the slopes or exploring the wilderness on cross-country skis. Up the adrenaline by taking a snowmachine ride through the backcountry or taking a winter flightseeing trip. And don't forget to ask for an aurora wakeup call.

Day 4

Day in Anchorage


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Wake up among Girdwood's mountain scenery and make the drive back to Anchorage. There, you can 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. And of course, don't forget to do some souvenir shopping before heading home!