Originally named Glacier City, Girdwood was founded as a gold mining town. As the number of miners increased, a supply camp arose that also supplied a trail stop on the route between Seward and Ship Creek which is now Anchorage. Girdwood is also known for the award winning Alyeska Resort.Journey by rail into the Grandview Valley and the historic “loop district”, where you’ll be surrounded by alpine meadows, wildlife and wildflowers. Enjoy exceptional views of Trail Glacier, Bartlett Glacier and Spencer Glacier. This tour takes you through some of the most scenic areas of the railbelt. This train makes several stops for passengers traveling to different destinations. Other passengers may (dis)embark the train along the route; but Grandview sightseeing passengers remain onboard.
Anchorage - Alyeska Resort | Girdwood
Depart from Anchorage onboard the Alaska Railroad Glacier Discovery Train to Girdwood and the Alyeska Resort. Arrive at 11:15 am. Transfer to the Alyeska Resort. Experience a luxury interior design with modern touches and rich Native heritage surrounded by unspoiled Alaskan wilderness. The results highlight warm, organic elements to the hotel interiors bringing the natural beauty of the great outdoors inside. Hotel amenities include: luxurious spa and wellness area, saltwater pool, whirlpool, massage, bars, restaurants (Japanese and International Cuisine) and a "own" tram to the top of Mt. Alyeska with it's famous "7-Glacier Restaurant". The 304 guest rooms provide plush carpets, Serta Pillow Top Mattresses, TV, Phone, Radio, luxurious interior décor and complimentary wireless internet access. TIP: try a lunch or dinner the nearby Double Musky Restaurant. Overnight: Alyeska Resort
Alyeska Resort - Prince William Sound Glacier Cruise - Alyeska Resort
Enclosed by mountains and glaciers, and protected from the high seas by barrier islands, Prince William Sound is one of Alaska's premier recreational areas for outdoor adventure activities. Fjords, bays, coves, lakes, glaciers, mountains and hundreds of islands provide scenic settings for day cruises or kayaking tours from Whittier. Our catamaran cruise travels over 140 miles into Prince William Sound where you will see 26 “named” glaciers and many more unnamed. We get very close to towering masses of ice so you can listen to the moves of the glaciers and see the brilliant blues in the ice. Glacier calving are normally seen on each cruise. The types of glaciers you will view are Alpine (hanging), Piedmont and Tidewater Glaciers. During your cruise, you may view sea otters, seals, porpoises and sea lions. The most common whales in Prince William Sound are Humpback and the Orca (Killer) Whale. Guests may also spot bears, bald eagles, mountain goats and over 200 species of birds inhabiting this area. Departure: 12:30 pm, return 5:30 pm including Hot Lunch. Overnight: Alyeska Resort.
Alyeska Resort - Anchorage
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