Breathe in the freshness of the Northern South: Things to do in Girdwood, Alaska

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  • USA

  • Alaska

  • Anchorage

  • Active Travel

  • Nature Escapes

  • Ski

Empty highway stretch in Alaska towards snowy mountains.
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Girdwood, the resort town in southern Anchorage, is home to the great Sky Resort Alyeska and so much more.

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Where to stay Girdwood

Alyeska Resort

Luxe chateau-style-inspired ski resort with modern rooms and suites offering mountain views.

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Things to do Girdwood

Snowy mountains on a cloudy day in Aleska ski resort.

The Alyeska Resort offers the premier and biggest ski area, with five chair lifts and an aerial tram offering access to a plethora of skiing and snowboarding adventures. It also gives way to great hiking in the summer.

Other options are to visit Crow Creek Mine, or take the Hand Tram on the Winner Creek Trail. Sight-seeing tours out on the glacier are also fabulous excursions.

Places to eat & drink Girdwood

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Spoonline Bistro: Serves dishes with an emphasis on Paleo and gluten-free cooking, using cold-pressed oils in preparations for organic or GMO-free products.

Chair 5 Restaurant: Boasts long whiskey and beer lists plus pizza, fresh fish and burgers in a lodge-like hangout with a pool table.

The Bake Shop: One of the best places to eat in Girdwood, and provides a seasonal, artistic selection of morning eats, sandwiches and picnic lunches.

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