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 head north; 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 snowmobiling, dog sledding, or a flightseeing excursion. You could also make a stop at the Musk Ox Farm or Reindeer Farm to see some Alaskan wildlife up close.
If you choose to stick around Anchorage, 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. Ask 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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If you missed exploring Anchorage on your first day, today is the perfect opportunity. 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!