Girdwood is located on the Alyeska Highway, 39 miles south of Anchorage.
Visitor information: The Girdwood Chamber of Commerce; phone (907) 222-7682.
The town was named after Col. James Girdwood, who established a mining operation near here in 1901. Today, Girdwood has a substantial year-round community and a flourishing seasonal population, thanks to its appeal as both a winter and summer resort destination.
Accommodationsin area bed-and-breakfastsor at the nearby Hotel Alyeska. Dining at Chair 5 Restaurant. Girdwood has a post office, library, clinic, laundromat/showers, bookstore, and a grocery store with gas. Walk-in tent sites at Girdwood Campground, next to Forest Fair Park. The only RV campground in the Girdwood area is at Crow Creek Mineon Crow Creek Road. Overnight RV parking is available at the Alyeska Resort day lodge parking area.
- The annual Girdwood Forest Fair draws thousands of visitors on a July weekend to enjoy the crafts, food and entertainment.
- The Alyeska Blueberry and Mountain Arts Festival, held the second Saturday in August, features local artists, live music and the Classic Alyeska Mountain Run.
- Local artists are also on display at the Girdwood Center of Visual Arts. This artists’ co-op studio, located on Olympic Mountain Loop, is open daily in summer and free to the public.
- The Winner Creek trail is a good way to experience Girdwood’s rain forest and a good day hike for the entire family. Trailhead is adjacent the Alyeska Aerial Tramway lower terminal at adjacent the Hotel Alyeska.
- Alyeska Resort, Alaska’s largest ski area, is a popular year-round destination that includes the Alyeska Prince Hotel and the Alyeska Aerial Tramway, which transports visitors to the 2,300-foot level of Mount Alyeska (the mountain’s summit is at 3,939 feet) and a mountaintop complex featuring dining and great views.
- See raw jade being cut at Kobuk Valley Jade Company, open March to October.
- Alaska Candle Factory at Mile 0.5 Alyeska Highway has handcrafted candles made in the form of Alaska wild animals.
- Visit Crow Creek Mine National Historic Site.