Cruisetours to Alyeska (Girdwood), Alaska

The location of Girdwood, Alaska is approximately 2.5 miles from the original town location. It was moved after the Good Friday Earthquake of 1964 shifted Girdwood downward into the Turnagain Arm. The nearby town of Alyeska, also devastated from the earthquake, merged with the new town and is now a major visitor attraction. Girdwood is tucked into a glacier-carved valley, surrounded by mountains and temperate rainforest. To have the Girdwood experience, hike the trails decorated with colorful wildflowers, or journey to the top of the mountain on the Aerial Tram. When you reach the summit, you'll be rewarded with an awe-inspiring view of the seven hanging glaciers and valley. If you want a pure Alaskan experience, Girdwood (Alyeska) is the destination for you.

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Sea Kayaking

Sea kayaking is a great way to explore the pristine Prince William Sound, which is approximately 35 minutes from Girdwood. Alaska Sea Kayakers offers guided kayaking day tours that are perfect for all skill levels. Beginner kayakers will want to try the Kittiwake tour; you'll receive basic kayaking instruction and then venture out to the harbor where you'll have spectacular views of the coastline, forest, and maybe even some wildlife! Those looking for more of a challenge should try the Passage Canal tour. On this day-long tour, you'll see waterfalls, hidden coves and glacier views - and even do a bit of hiking!

 

Hiking

The Girdwood area has plenty of trails suitable for all skill levels. Whether you are looking for a simple day hike or something longer, you will find it at Girdwood. You'll also find scenery you won't see anywhere else in Alaska, since Girdwood sits in the northernmost temperate coastal rainforest in North America. Ascending Path offers various guided hikes; there's the Nature and Alpine hikes, for example, which are excellent for families to learn about Girdwood flora and fauna. Those looking for a more challenging hike will want to check out the Iceberg Hike, which brings you up close to icebergs and a glacier!

 

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

See Alaskan wildlife up close at this 200-acre conservation center. The center provides a home and care for orphaned, injured or sick animals that could not survive in the wild. The AWCC has been educating visitors about Alaskan wildlife since 1993, and while visiting, you may see coyotes, a grizzly bear, bald eagles, bison and more!

 

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