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.
Anchorage & 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.
Anchorage - 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.
Girdwood - Anchorage
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Wake up in Girdwood and you'll have another chance to hit the slopes of this famous ski resort or enjoy other winter sports in the morning. Then head back to Anchorage, where you'll have time to hit the slopes before heading 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!