Get out of the city of Anchorage and take the shuttle to Girdwood/Alyeska Resort a small, quaint, alpine ski village. This self-guided Alyeska Tram ride is truly ideal for the independent traveler who enjoys breathtaking views. Your shuttle will take you directly to Girdwood where you can take the free Glacier Valley Transit shuttle to the Alyeska Resort and ride the Tram to the top of Mt. Alyeska and enjoy stunning hiking trails and views that will take your breath away and make your heart palpitate.
The Alyeska Aerial Tram is a three-to-seven minute scenic ride from The Hotel Alyeska to 2,300 ft in elevation and the top of Mt. Alyeska. From the Tram, you can see for miles in all directions – including views of the Turnagain Arm, up to seven “hanging” glaciers, and endless peaks deep into the Chugach Mountain range. Don’t forget to look down! Moose and bear sightings are common on our aerial tram rides, too.
At the Upper Tram Terminal, there is an observation deck providing even more breath-taking panoramic views of majestic mountains, hanging glaciers, sparkling streams, towering spruce, and an array of wildlife. Conde Naste Traveler rated Alyeska ~ "Best view of any U.S. ski resort." The observation deck is a perfect place to enjoy a relaxed lunch or beautiful evening sunset. Telescopes are also available along the deck. You can also enjoy exploring, berry picking and even hiking on a glacier.
What You Can Expect Girdwood
This self-guided Alyeska Tram Tour allows you freedom to break away from the tour groups and explore on your own and return when you want. On the way to the Ayeska Tram you will be traveling down Alaska’s most scenic stretch of highway known as Turnagain Arm. You will make a stop at Beluga Point, Turnagain Gallery and then on to Girdwood/Alyeska. You may want to take in some of the scenic walks or 5 star restaurants found around this small quaint alpine village. When you are ready to continue on simply board the hourly shuttle from the Portage Glacier Lodge back to Anchorage. The return journey back to Anchorage is simple just hop on any shuttle back to Anchorage. It’s that easy. Board your Turnagain Arm Shuttle at the time that you choose and return when you want.
- Beluga Point: Popular photo stop with panoramic views of Turnagain Arm. Possible opportunities to see Dall sheep and Beluga whales.
- Turnagain Art Gallery: Owned and operated by professional, competitive wood carvers, the gallery is full of stunning sculptures, jewelry, paintings and photographic prints.
- Girdwood: This beautiful valley is home to the Alyeska Resort where you can take the Aerial Tram up Mt. Alyeska for incredible views of mountain, ocean, and glacier. You can also hike up Mt. Alyeska and take the Tram ride down, or enjoy the Winner's Creek Trail through pristine temperate rain forest. Some other activities include helicopter glacier landings and guided glacier hikes (additional fees apply).
Round-trip shuttle service between Anchorage and Girdwood where you will connect with the free local bus called Glacier Valley Transit to the Alyeska Tram. Enjoy the flexibility and the many sights and scenic adventures offered along Turnagain Arm, an area known as one of the most beautiful areas in the world. Departure and return-trip times, with shuttles leaving and returning every hour pre-booked on outbound departure. (please check the schedule) Seats are first-come, first-serve on return.