Alyeska Tram a Self-Guided Tour Get out of the city of Anchorage and take the Turnagain Arm 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 after a jaw dropping tour of Turnagain Arm 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. If you are adventuresome and can catch the spirit of Alaska, which challenges others to climb, -- you can hike the trail up and catch a FREE ride down the tram.

The Alyeska Aerial Tram is a three-to-seven minute scenic ride from the Hotel Alyeska to 2,300 feet in elevation at 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 a wide array of birds and 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. Most adventure travelers go further and take the tram up and then hike to the highest mountain peaks which are not for the faint at heart even after taking the ride up.

What You Can Expect

The self-guided Alyeska Tram Tour allows you freedom to break away from the tour groups and explore on your own and return at select times. Your journey to Alyeska begins with a custom tour of Turnagain Arm, a treat you won't want to miss. On the way to the Alyeska Tram you will be traveling down Alaska's most scenic stretch of highway known as highway one and voted most scenic byways in America. Your adventure includes a Turnagain Arm Tour with highlights listed below.

When you are ready to continue on, simply board the shuttle at the Girdwood Station near the entrance of Girdwood. Remember you will need to catch the FREE local bus to the Tram.

We will be making a stop at Turnagain Gallery and Potter Marsh on the return journey back to Anchorage.

Price: $89.00 (Please book EARLY AND SAVE using promo codes found on this website).

Duration: 4.5 hours for shuttle travel time. Please allow for at least 5 hours in Girdwood.

Round-trip shuttle service with a tour of Turnagain Arm between Anchorage and Girdwood where you will connect with the free local bus called Glacier Valley Transit to the Alyeska Tram.

The price of the Tram ticket is not included in the price of this tour.

Tour Times: 8 AM, 10 AM and 11 AM and 12:30 PM.

Duration: Plan for a full day of 8 hours.

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Tour Highlights:

  • Beluga Point: Popular photo stop with panoramic views of Turnagain Arm, with possible opportunities to see Dall sheep and Beluga whales. Timing is everything if we are fortunate you will see both!

  • Portage Valley: You will see Explorer Glacier, Middle Glacier, Byron Glacier and Take a Walk through a Rainforest. Next grab a snack or meal to enjoy on your ride back to Anchorage at Portage Day Lodge.

  • Alaska Wildberry Products: See the World's Largest Chocolate Water Fall! The store hires locals to pick "Alaskan Berries" to make into the wonderful delights. You can also watch the workers make these delights through the glass wall. At the chocolate display case there is a tray of sample chocolates and if you did not sample the item you wanted to try just ask they want to satisfy.

  • Potter Marsh: With its nearly panoramic view of Turnagain arm, Potter Marsh, peppered with spruce, cottonwood and alder trees, is one of the most accessible and scenic wildlife viewing areas in Anchorage. About halfway along the boardwalk, Rabbit Creek flows underneath and provides a good spot to see spawning chinook, Coho, or humpback salmon from May to August, depending on the species. Moose also frequent the marsh year round. May and June are good times to see these large ungulates standing in the marsh foraging for new growth.

Prior planning is best, please dress in layers, wind and precipitation are common in the mountains where the sea is close by. Remain well hydrated to ensure your comfort and maintain situational awareness of your time and surroundings for best safety.