Anchorage and Surrounding Area

Featuring: Anchorage, Girdwood

Alaska becomes a winter playground for travelers in snowy months. Spend a few days in Anchorage and the surrounding area exploring the numerous activities, events and attractions that highlight the spirit of the Last Frontier.

Day 1 Anchorage
Start with a visit to the Visit Anchorage's log cabin visitor center downtown to familiarize yourself with the city. If it’s outdoor adventure you crave, there are many day trips from and in the city: take a flightseeing tour to a glacier, go dog sledding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling or even embark on a Northern Lights viewing adventure far from the glow of city lights. Or, head indoors to peruse the world-class exhibits at the Anchorage Museum and the Alaska Native Heritage Center. The museums feature a fascinating look at Alaska’s history and Native culture. Cozy up with some hot chocolate and watch the snow fall at a local coffee house, or take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the snow with a loved one.

Day 2 Girdwood
Hit the slopes at Alaska’s only year-round, full service destination resort. Alyeska Resort is located in Girdwood, a 40-minute drive south of Anchorage along the Seward Highway, a National Scenic Byway. Rent a car in Anchorage or arrange chauffeured transportation with the concierge desk at the Hotel Alyeska. The resort attracts skiers and snowboarders from around the world in winter months, and features terrain for all skill levels. The resort also features cross-country skiing, ice-skating, a AAA Four Diamond-recognized restaurant at the top of the mountain, and a full-service spa.

Anchorage and surrounding area

Day 3 Girdwood
Travelers enjoying dog sled ridesSpend the day exploring Girdwood and its surroundings. The small town has many excellent restaurants and mellow walking trails. Ice climbing and dog mushing tours are sure to get your adrenaline pumping, or take a flightseeing tour, hike on a glacier or access nearby state and national parks — the town is the perfect base camp for exploring Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula and Prince William Sound. For a bird’s-eye view of Alaska’s stunning landscape, board the 60-passenger tram at Alyeska Resort to the top of Mount Alyeska. Look down a few thousand feet at the sparkling waters of Turnagain Arm and nearby glaciers.

Day 4 Anchorage
Consider timing a visit to Anchorage during one of its flagship winter events. Fur Rendezvous, nicknamed Fur Rondy, is a time-honored Alaska tradition dating back to the early 1900s. The ceremonial start of the famous Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race takes place in downtown Anchorage, and more than 1,400 women don wild costumes for the annual Alaska Ski For Women. For those in the area from February to March, these events are fun for the whole family and the preferred way to round out a winter adventure in Alaska.

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