Explore Girdwood-Alyeska a Self-Guided Tour Get out of the city of Anchorage and take the Turnagain Arm Shuttle to Girdwood/Alyeska a small resort, quaint, alpine ski village. This self-guided tour to Girdwood is truly ideal for the independent traveler who enjoys breathtaking views and the chance to spend time in Girdwood, hiking or the many other adventures offered here. Please do your homework and explore exciting adventure found here in Girdwood.

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Your shuttle will take you directly to Girdwood after an exciting Turnagain Arm Tour where you can take the free Glacier Valley Transit shuttle to various location in the quaint town called Girdwood. Enjoy stunning hiking trails and views that will take your breath away and make your heart palpitate. Take the time to read up on all that Girdwood has to offer and if you still need help ask the concierge desk at Alyeska Resort for all the activities available.

What You Can Expect

This self-guided day trip to Girdwood/Alyeska 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 and is 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 Turnagain Arm. 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 at the entrance of Girdwood back to Anchorage. We will be making a stop at Turnagain Gallery and Potter Marsh on the return journey back to Anchorage.

Price: $89.00 roundtrip (Book early and save using promo codes found on this website)

Duration: 4.5 hours for the Turnagain Arm Tour and then you will be dropped off at Girdwood Station where you will be on your own and return when you specify. Plan for at least 5 hours to enjoy Girdwood/Alyeska for a total of at least 8 hours for this day. All times are approximate.

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.

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

Duration: Plan for a full day of 8 hours.

SCHEDULE: https://www.turnagainshuttle.com/schedule

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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.