Girdwood

Population: 2,710
Girdwood is located on the Alyeska Highway, 39 miles south of Anchorage.
Visitor information: View the Girdwood Chamber of Commerce website for information.

The town was named after Col. James Girdwood, who established a mining operation near here in 1901. Today, Girdwood has a substantial year-round community and a flourishing seasonal population, thanks to its appeal as both a winter and summer resort destination.

Dining at Chair Five Restaurant, lodging via Alyeska AccommodationsBud & Carol’s B&B) and The Hotel Alyeska (lodging, dining); hiking in summer, skiing in winter. Alyeska Aerial Tramway operates year-round. Camp at the Girdwood Parks & Recreation tenting area. The only RV campground in the Girdwood area is at Crow Creek Mine on Crow Creek Road. Overnight RV parking is available at the Alyeska Resort day lodge parking area.

Attractions:

  • The annual Girdwood Forest Fair draws thousands of visitors on an early July weekend to enjoy the crafts, food and entertainment.
  • The Alyeska Blueberry and Mountain Arts Festival, held in August, features local artists, live music and food vendors.
  • The Winner Creek trail is a good way to experience Girdwood’s rain forest and a good day hike for the entire family. Trailhead is adjacent the Alyeska Aerial Tramway lower terminal at adjacent the Alyeska Resort.
  • Alyeska Resort, Alaska’s largest ski area, is a popular year-round destination that includes the Alyeska Resort and the Hotel Alyeska and Alyeska Aerial Tramway, which  transports visitors to the 2,300-foot level of Mount Alyeska (the mountain’s summit is at 3,939 feet) and a mountaintop complex featuring dining and great views.
  • Chugach Adventures and Slack Tide Gallery are at Mile 1.5 with rafting, canoe and rail trips. Gallery has local arts and gifts.
  • Visit Crow Creek Mine National Historic Site. RV and tent camping, chance to pan for gold.