Mountains meet the sea is this cozy, vibrant, and always changing community of about 2,000 people. Located on the Turnagain Arm and completely surrounded by national forrests and state parks, Girdwood is a short 35 miles from downtown Anchorage.
Alyeska Resort is located at the bose of the Chugach Mountains, just off of Turnagain Arm. The ski resort operates a tram which climbs 2,300 feet of Mount Alyeska in about five minutes. The views from the top of the tram are spectacular, and the mountain boasts great skiing and snowboarding.
Another point of interest in Girdwood is the Crow Creek Mine. The mine, which is on the register of National Historic Places, invites visitors to try their luck at panning gold. The mine is about three miles up Crow Creek Road and is open from May to September.
Girdwood is also home to the annual Forest Fair. The festival hosts many musicians and booths from which handcrafted Alaskan goods are sold. The festival is free and takes place on the first weekend of July.
To read more on the best things to do in Alaska here. We go into detail on some of the best cities along the Inside Passage to travel.
If you are interested in traveling to Alaska, one of the best things to do is to go on an Alaskan Cruise. This way you can experience the incredible adventure that Alaska brings. From whale watching, bears, fishing, glacier calving and more. Read more about our Alaska inside passage cruises here.
The best time to travel to Alaska depends on what you are wanting to do. The best time to cruise to Alaska is between May and August.
The lowest rainfall in Alaska is during the months of May and June. If you are wanting to visit Alaska to see whales, it's best to go on a cruise during June and July after the whales have made their migration.
However if you want to see bears in Alaska, the best time to travel to Alaska is during the month of May.