Top Reasons to Visit The Hotel Alyeska
- The hotel is located within Chugach State Park, where you can fish for salmon, take a scenic tram ride to the top of Mount Alyeska, or hike along a glacier.
- The concierge can arrange gray whale-watching tours in nearby Resurrection Bay. Tours include lunch and depart daily from May 1–21.
- Located within the building, the hotel’s Aurora Bar & Grill serves up fresh seafood, sandwiches, salads, and pizza in cozy, family-friendly setting.
- Lemongrass-bamboo scrubs, seaweed body wraps, and arctic mud facials are just a few of the indulgent treatments available at The Spa at Alyeska.
- Take a dip in the heated indoor saltwater pool, which is surrounded by large windows looking out onto the north face of Mount Alyeska.
- Deluxe rooms on floors 4–7 feature Serta pillow-top mattresses, artwork from a turn-of-the-century Alaska photographer, and partial mountain views.
- You’re just an hour away from Anchorage, so it’s easy to make a day trip into the city.
Girdwood, Alaska: Year-Round Alpine Activities One Hour from Anchorage
The prospect of gold brought the first people to Girdwood, a small town about an hour outside of Anchorage in southern Alaska. Originally named Glacier City, it was a mining boomtown for more than 30 years. Today, however, Girdwood is best known for outdoor adventure—you can find year-round activities in Chugach State Park, a sprawling expanse of mountainous terrain that completely surrounds the town.
Girdwood’s mild summers are a perfect time to explore the park on hiking trails that range from temperate to high-alpine terrain and feature stunning views of the area’s many glaciers. For a better look at the surrounding mountains, take a scenic tram ride that travels 2,000 feet from The Hotel Alyeska to the top of Mount Alyeska (closed through May 23). Rent a bicycle to pedal down a paved trail that stretches 12 miles along the Turnagain Arm of the Cook Inlet to the neighboring town of Indian.
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