Nestled in the valley of the picturesque Chugach Mountains and flanked by seven glaciers, the first thing you’ll notice when you visit Alyeska is the area’s stunning natural beauty. Originally named Glacier City, and referred to by locals as Girdwood, this part of Alaska is off the beaten path in a good way. Venture into the mountains for a feeling of remote tranquility, then return to a relaxing haven at the chateau, where good food, wine, and conversation awaits.
You can visit Alyeska as part of one of our Alaska Cruisetours. You’ll stay at the Alyeska Resort, where the chateau-inspired decor and mountain views from every angle are quintessential Alaska.
See native Alaskan wildlife like wolves, black bears, caribou, elk, and moose at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, where these injured animals are rehabilitated, nurtured, and released back into the Alaskan wilderness. Visiting the center, which comes included with your Cruisetour, helps further the center’s mission to educate, protect, and care for wildlife.
When you visit Alyeska on an Alaska Cruisetour, you’ll have the flexibility to choose the experiences you’d most like to have. While some land excursions are included, you also have the option to book one of these additional land tours.
If there’s one thing everyone should do while they’re in Alyeska, it’s a ride on the tram, which steadily propels you into the mountains on an unforgettable cable car ride. From the top, take in the sights and sounds of the Alaskan wilderness, like birds chirping from the spruce trees, glaciers along the horizon, and peaceful, flowing streams.
Explore the serene Prince William Sound by kayak and marvel at the verdant forest, icy waters, and picturesque waterfalls. See if you can spot one of the resident sea otters as you paddle through the stunning fjord.
Learn about Alaska’s flora and fauna on a guided five-mile hike along Winner Creek Path. You’ll be rewarded with exclusive views of Winner Creek Gorge and even get a chance to pick fresh Alaskan blueberries.
Dog sledding in Alaska is an unforgettable experience—especially if you ride a helicopter to get there. Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the glaciers below on your way to the remote campsite. Once you arrive, take the sled for a spin and discover the thrilling, rich tradition of dogsledding in Alaska. Wrap yourself up in traditional Iditarod gear for a photo shoot to commemorate your experience.
Seven Glaciers Restaurant
Dinner at the top of a mountain is just as lavish and romantic as it sounds at Seven Glaciers Restaurant. Over 2,000 feet above sea level, you’ll look out at the region’s glaciers in all their glory while dining on Alaskan seafood like crab and scallops. Order from their extensive wine list and sample artisanal ingredients from the local community.
Bore Tide Deli
Grab a bite to eat at Bore Tide Deli, a casual eatery located in the Alyeska Resort with sweeping views of the area’s glaciers. Here, you’ll find top-notch sandwiches, soups, and cold drinks every day from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
At Sakura Asian Bistro within Hotel Sakura, fresh sushi and sashimi, including locally sourced fish, is bound to satisfy anyone craving sushi. Enjoy outdoor seating on the Columbia Patio while sipping one of their creative specialty cocktails or craft beers.
Named after Irish entrepreneur Colonel James Girdwood, the town of Girdwood originally served as a supply camp for miners that came into the area during the Gold Rush era. Aside from gold mining, the town attracted international attention with the founding of the Alyeska Resort. Today, the area offers a laid-back atmosphere and plenty of year-round activities for everyone from novice skiing enthusiasts to history buffs. In the summer, picking berries, playing water sports, and enjoying glacier views are timeless activities for all ages.
When you visit Alyeska on an Alaska Cruisetour, you’ll stay overnight at the Alyeska Resort. Comfortable transportation on a deluxe motorcoach to and from Alyeska comes included with the Cruisetour.
Transportation to and from included activities on an Alaska Cruisetour to Alyeska is complimentary. If you book an optional land tour, your tour provider will offer information about transportation options.
You can find handmade souvenirs and gifts as well as outdoor gear at the Alyeska Resort. The Roundhouse Museum and Gift Shop at the summit of Mount Alyeska is a great place to shop for indigenous-inspired goods, blown glass, and other delicate souvenirs. At Slack Tide Gallery, you’ll find art, jewelry, and creative apparel.
Like all other destinations in Alaska, the accepted currency is the U.S. dollar. Because Alyeska is a resort town, many establishments take credit cards, though it’s always helpful to have a little cash on hand. Whenever you’re tipping at bars, restaurants, cafes, or for your taxi drivers, a 15% to 20% tip is appreciated.
Known for its namesake resort that sits at the base of Mt. Alyeska Alaska, Girdwood is imposing, even in a state well recognized for its grandiose scenery. Tucked in a luxuriant glacier-carved valley, encircled by the Chugach Mountains and bordering a temperate rainforest, Girdwood is a playground for the artists, extreme athletes, and senators who call her home. Meandering up Mt. Alyeska Alaska along the trails mottled with wildflowers to enjoy sensational views, is as pure a Girdwood experience as a helicopter ride to an alpine camp, where Alaskan sled dogs are waiting to be driven. The luxurious Hotel Alyeska Resort is the allure of the area, offering a perfect blend of service and hospitality while keeping you connected to the beauty of your surroundings. Journey to the top of the mountain on the Aerial Tram. From the 2,300-foot summit, the glistening view of the seven hanging glaciers is awe-inspiring. And, alongside enjoying the wild lands outdoors, indulge in the extravagant indoors, with both casual and elegant dining perched at the mountain top, or relax at the spa in its lush valley setting.