Girdwood Travel Guide

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Girdwood Things to Do

  • Seavey's Glacier Helicopter Dog Sledding...

    We arranged a summer dogsledding adventure with Seavey's Ididaride (the Seavey family are the Andretti's of the Iditarod). In the summertime, the dogs go to Summer Camp on Punchbowl Glacier. Alpine Air provides the transportation via helicopter (Robinson R44).Upon arrival at Alpine Air's hangar in Girdwood, we were outfitted for the cold with boots...

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  • Helicopter Landing on Glacier!

    What??? We're gonna land on a glacier??? Those were my words to my sister after she informed me that I had no choice because she already paid my $425 ticket for the helicopter ride. Okay.The ride would take 90 minutes and we would see seals and other wildlife and then land on a glacier. Well, I just hope the plane was functioning well, the pilot...

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  • Ride the shuttle bus!

    Glacier Valley Transit is the shuttle bus that takes everyone from the hotel to the restaurants and shops. The shuttle is a great place to meet and talk to locals. If you don't know where you want to go or what you want to do, it's perfectly fine to just ride on the bus and have a look around. The drivers are very friendly and are happy to point...

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Girdwood Hotels

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  • Hotel Alyeska

    Some people consider the Alyeska Hotel (the former Alyeska Prince Hotel closed on 1 Dec 2006) to be...

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  • Hidden Creek Bed and Breakfast

    739 Vail Drive, PO Box 1398, Girdwood, Alaska, 99587, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Alyeska Winner Creek B&B

    Mile 2.9 Alyeska Highway, P.O. Box 414, Girdwood, Alaska, 99587, United States

    Satisfaction: Terrible

Girdwood Restaurants

  • Best Beer Selection in Girdwood

    For such a small town in Alaska, no less, Girdwood is blessed to have some REALLY good restaurants, including Maxine's which touts itself as the Glacier City Bistro.Right before you get to that world famous steak joint, The Double Musky, right down the street, you'll see an almost ramshackle building behind a fence up on the hill to your left. The...

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  • Delicious Homemade Soups and Bread

    The Bake Shop is open daily from 7 AM to 7 PM. (Saturdays until 8 PM). They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual atmosphere with beautiful flowers greeting you outside. The Bake Shop has unique breakfast items, such as Summer of '76 and Farmer's Omelet, or choose from sourdough pancakes( made from sourdough passed on ~80 years ago by a...

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  • Big Kahuna Burger

    Our helicopter ride to land on the glacier in Girdwood was scheduled at 330 PM (my sister chose that time because she said the skies would be very clear). She was right, I must say...So, we had time to spare and wanted to eat before the ride. Hopefully, I wouldn't puke out the food if I get nauseous but though I was scared, I am not a queasy person...

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Girdwood Nightlife

  • Where the locals go

    I always try to find the place the locals hang out when I visit a town to get the real feel for a place. In Girdwood, this is Chair 5. Went two nights, the first being Monday night which was packed as all the cheese heads were out cheering on the Packers. The second time was a Wednesday night which was much quieter. The Bar area holds about 100...

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  • They kick the kids out at 10

    After a hard, but thoroughly enjoyable, day on the slopes, relax in the salt waters of the whirlpool, and ease those weary muscles. From 10 till 11 it is adults only in the spa! This is what I picture when I think of a ski lodge, snow bunnies in a hot tub!! Start off wearing the robes provided with your room, but underneath it is bare as you dare....

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Girdwood Transportation

  • Train from Anchorage

    We took a train excursion from Anchorage that went to Girdwood so I know that it is possible to get to Girdwood by train. The train doesn't run in the winter.Arrival time: From Anchorage on the Costal Classic Southbound: 8:05 AM, From Seward on the Costal Classic Northbound: 8:55PM, From Anchorage on the Glacier Discovery Southbound: 11:15 AM, From...

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  • Take advantage of Glacier Valley Transit

    Glacier City Transit is a small shuttle system new this year to Girdwood, and absolutely indispensible in the winter.The schedule is somewhat shortened in the summer (summer schedule doesn't run 'till 3am every night to get the bar crowd home,) but it's still perfect for getting around town since its route hits basically every public location in...

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  • Rent a Car

    About the only way to get to Girdwood from Anchorage is by car. The train goes right by Girdwood on the way to Seward or Whittier but doesn't stop. By car it is about an hour drive. But it is some of the most scenic driving to be found in Alaska, so take your time and plan to pull over at the numerous scenic pull outs. Renting a car in Alaska has...

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Girdwood Shopping

  • Local Crafts

    Aloha Alaska seerves espresso, has a deli, and sells gifts. The gift shop is to the right as you enter and features many local crafts including the blown glass of the owner Darby. The displays are ever changing. I didn't buy anything, but I am not a shopper, so don't go by that.

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  • It is only a name

    Connie and Chris run the Great Alaskan Tourist Trap located just off the Seward Highway near the old townsite of Girdwood. The shop is much nicer than most of the stores hawking tourist pap in Anchorage and Connie is much friendlier. Chris also guides tours of the area. Support Girdwood's Glacier City Radio buy buying a t-shirt, and tune in to...

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  • Groceries, Gifts, and Sundries

    If you want a snack and don't want to pay resort prices, or if you need other notions, stop by the Crow Creek Merchantile. This is the town market. I like to get some fruit, but you might prefer potato chips, and don't forget ice cream! Yummy.The mechantile is the town market, and carries a wide variety of goods for everyday use as well as some...

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Girdwood Local Customs

  • Dirty Dogs

    Dogs are abundant in Girdwood, and most are unleashed. This means that they can go and get themselves pretty dirty. If you are travelling with you beloved pet and want him fresh for the rest of your travels, stop by and see Cara at "U Dirty Dog" on Girdwood's Town Square. Cara will give your dog a bath.She also carries foods and suppliments for...

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  • Road Dogs

    Hey, does that guy have a license?! It is not uncommon to see dogs in the driver's seat while in girdwood. They take their responsabilities seriously for beings man's best friend, and since most don't drink, they make an excellent choice as a "designated driver".

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  • A Dog Friendly Town

    There are lots of dogs in Girdwood, and many are unleashed, so do be careful while driving. There are even dogs is some of the shops. This shot is taken inside the "Great Alaskan Tourist Trap" which is located on the old Girdwood Townsite. Connie runs the shop while Chris leads snowmobile tours.

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Girdwood Warnings and Dangers

  • Unexploded Shells

    If you are hiking on the mountain, you may find some unexploded shells. These shells are used for Avalanche control. DO NOT APPROACH. Mark the spot and tell one of the staff approximately where it is so that they can safely remove the shell from the mountain.

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  • Snow shovelling with a teather

    The top of the mountain gets 782 inches of snow! They try to get some snow off the roof so it won't collapse! It is interesting to see people in mountaineering gear for snow shovelling, but you wouldn't want to fall.

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  • Watch out where the Huskys Go!

    Girdwood is a dog friendly place, and they take every opportunity to mark their turf, so you will see lots of yellow snow. DO NOT EAT THE YELLOW SNOW!!!The yellow snow is one of the things that I liked least about my visit to Girdwood.

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Girdwood Tourist Traps

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    by kaloz Written Feb 2, 2004

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    Why is it that mid priced hotels entice you with free breakfast, but the expensive places expect you to buy your own?

    Gee Whiz, I am giving you enough to pay my mortgage, you could at least feed me.

    Oh, about the picture, everyone wants to see a polar bear in Alaska, so there is usually one on display somewhere, even though they range much further north.

    Unique Suggestions: If there is a conference at the hotel, they usually lay out food at various times during the day. Act like you belong, and grab a plate.

    There was a teachers conference at the resort during my stay, so I crashed the food line and met some teachers, and had a good time. I never told them I was a teacher nor with their group, but then again, they never asked.

    Fun Alternatives: Rather than stay in the resort, if breakfast is that important to you, try one of the many Bed and Breakfasts in the Area, like the one run by Bud and Carol.

    www.budandcarolbandb.com

    He's not from around here
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Girdwood What to Pack

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    by kaloz Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Luggage and bags: Since this is a resort, your bags will be handled for you, so bring whatever you like

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Layers of clothing allow you adjust for your personal comfort. Footwear is mostly ski boots or some other warm boot.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Everything is available at the resort, I do recommend that you bring your favorite lib balm, and skin moisturizer.

    Photo Equipment: Bring an extra set of batteries, the cold weather drains them quickly. It is good to keep them near your body, underneath your clothing.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Skis, SnowBoards, or Snowshoes are the rage in winter, also bring your goggles and helmet if you are going alpine.

    Miscellaneous: Don't forget your swimwear for relaxing in the whirlpool after a day of skiing.

    to be where little cable cars . . .
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Girdwood Off The Beaten Path

  • Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

    This great place is in between Girdwood and Portage Glacier & Whittier. So I wasn't for sure what city to put it under...Follow AK Route 1 South for about 47 miles past Girdwood and just before the Portage Glacier/Whittier road turnoff, on the right. Small sign, keep your eyes peeled. This is a non-profit park that takes in orphaned and injured...

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  • Winner Creek Trail

    Alyeska has some great trail swhich begin just outside the resort and are open to the public. This one consisted of several miles to Winner Creek. The trail is 3 miles round trip and heads through rainforest to Winner Creek. The trail crosses Glacier Creek via a hand powered tram.

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  • In Town, but often overlooked

    I needed a place for this photo, and even though this place is in town, most travellers would not stop there, unless they had to. I am talking about the Girdwood Clinic. This photo is of the Christmas Lizard who greets you on the reception desk in the clinic.He may not be around in the summer time. As many Christmas lizards fly south for the warmer...

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Girdwood Sports & Outdoors

  • Tandem Parasailing

    Available through the concierge at the Alyeska Prince Hotel or direcet with Alaska Paragliding, this looks like a great activity. I had some friends decide to do this at the last minute while we were attending a reception at Seven Glaciers. Yes, alcohol was involved!The safety briefing and waiver signing takes long enough that you're almost sober...

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  • Para-Sail off the Mountain

    In the summer, you can para-sail off of Mt Alyeska. This is the coolest way to get off the mountain. Don't worry if you have never done this before. You ride piggy-backed with a guide who does the driving, you just enjoy the experience. Equipment is provided by the guide. All you need is nerves of steel.

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  • Assault on the Summit

    Get a job clearing the 782 inches of snow off of the roof of the chalet. You must have mountaineering skills as well as strong arms to shovel. And watch out for those winds!I hope you guys get hazard pay. Ropes and harness, crampons, snow shovel and clothing that you can work in without getting overheated.The link below is a direct link to the...

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Girdwood Favorites

  • Alyeska in the summer

    I first visited Girdwood in August on my travels with Peggy and Dianne. The weather was fabulous, hot and sunny. They coundn't believe they were wearing shorts in Alaska. Even on the mountain it was beautiful. Girdwood lays on the charm no matter when you visit, summer or winter. Enjoy the friendly people and the great scenery. Then stay for some...

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  • Alaska in Winter

    People have many misconceptions about Alaska. We all live in Igloos, and it is cold and dark. The funny thing is, it isn't that cold. OK, I don't live in Barrow. But I have visited Fairbanks and Girdwood in February, and I found it quite comfortable.So prepare for the worst, then enjoy what we have to offer. The temperature on the mountain while I...

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  • Eveen the Clinic is Charming

    Girdwood is a charming place, so charming that even the clinic looks like a gift shop. I had to stop in to be sure that this really was a medical clinic. It really does look like a gift shop, with a big welcoming sign out front, and designs in the windows, and pretty little do-dads hanging on the building. Besides the charming look of the town,...

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