Alaska Vacation Planning
Getting to Alaska
Fly to Anchorage
Anchorage (ANC) is an international airport and is 1 hour drive from Girdwood. Alaska Airlines/Horizon, American Airlines, United Airlines, SouthWest, Delta, Virgin, Condor, Iceland Air, Korean Air, JetBlue and more all have flights into Anchorage, Alaska. There are many direct flights world-wide to and from Anchorage.
Cruise Ship or Alaska Marine Highway Ferry
Our tours are accessible in a day from Whittier, Seward and Anchorage. We intentionally do not maintain reservation relationships with cruise
ships- though some cruise ships are in these ports long enough for guests to join onto an AP trip.
Interested in seeing Alaska your way but want to take a ship from Washington or Canada to travel to Alaska, consider the less fancy but more local transportation of the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry. You can bring your car, RV and pets this way. The Ferry ports in Whittier and Seward which are the closest port-of-calls to all of AP's trips.
Getting from Anchorage to Girdwood
Drive to Girdwood
The drive from Anchorage to Girdwood is South on the Seward Highway, and it is just spectacular. It typically takes 1 hours to make the windy and windy drive, and we recommend adding more time to pull over and take in the views.
Train to Girdwood
For those not wanting the stress of driving, or if you'd prefer to not bother with a rental car, the Alaska Railroad is the way to go! 2 morning train options exist: Coastal Classic and Glacier Discovery Trains. Spencer Glacier guests: While you are welcome to get off in Girdwood and skip Whittier, AP Guides typically meet clients on the Glacier Discovery train at the 2nd Portage Stop at 1:15p.
Shuttles to Girdwood
There seasonally exists a variety of Shuttle options from Anchorage to Girdwood. This pages hosted by Hotel Alyeska is very helpful and most current: GETTING TO ALYESKA. For public transportation in and around the Resort and the town of Girdwood, learn more about the Glacier Valley Transit. This service is complimentary for guests staying at The Hotel Alyeska.
Rent a Car or RV in Anchorage
The following car rentals exist in Anchorage:
Dollar Rent-a-Car 907-248-5338
Hertz Car Rental 907-243-4118
National Car Rental 907-248-0088
Payless Car Rentals 907-243-3616
Thrifty Rent-a-Car 907-276-2855
Enterprise Car Rental 907-248-5526
Check out trains, planes, helicopters, limos, RV's, cruise ship's, ferries, water taxis, buses, shuttles and car resources based in Anchorage.
Getting Around Alaska
Accommodations in Anchorage
Anchorage Hotels, B&B’s, Hostels, Vacation Homes
Accommodations in Girdwood
Girdwood Hotels, B&B’s, Hostels, Vacation Homes
What to Bring & What to Wear
Please know that Alaska has very changeable weather patterns. The more prepared you are, the more comfortable you will be. Please see our suggested clothing list below.Packing List