Girdwood Alaska is a small, mountain community located 40 miles from Anchorage and Ted Stevens International Airport south of Anchorage along scenic Turnagain Arm. Girdwood has evolved from a gold mining town into Alaska’s only year-round resort community. At this unique destination, you will experience an authentic Alaskan adventure.

Summertime recreation includes fishing for salmon in local glacial streams, hiking in Girdwood’s alpine rain forests, river rafting and kayaking, mountain climbing, flightseeing, glacier and wildlife viewing and biking on Girdwood’s bike path or the many trails in the valley. Closer to Mt. Alyeska (pronounced alley-eska), sightseers can journey 2,300 feet above the valley floor aboard the Alyeska Tramway to get a bird’s eye view of the surrounding glaciers and the Turnagain arm, where Alaska’s famous Bore Tide can been seen. Look for moose, black bear, Dall sheep, hoary marmot, golden and bald eagles, beaver, porcupines, and ptarmigan (Alaska’s state bird) among many others. It has much to offer the Alaskan visitor. Complete with gift shops, post office, a variety of B&B’s and restaurants.

On Good Friday in 1964, an earthquake with the magnitude of 9.2 dropped the coastal edges along the Turnagain Arm 8 to 10 feet! Consequently, the townsite of Girdwood moved two and a half miles up the valley to it’s present location.

The Kenai – Alaska’s Playground: No other destination offers such an up close and personal Alaskan experience. With over 15,000 square miles of extraordinary adventure and excitement to choose from, even the rest of the state comes here when they need a reminder of why they moved to Alaska in the first place. That’s why it’s known as Alaska’s Playground.
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