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Head to Girdwood for an Alaskan adventure like no other. You'll be surrounded by stunning glaciers and have plenty to do during your stay.

Check out the Girdwood vacation rentals on FlipKey and pick your favorite. Then, you can start planning your trip and the adventures you'll go on while in town.

About Girdwood, Alaska

Girdwood is a peaceful resort town that’s situated within the Municipality of Anchorage.

But, it’s just far away enough from the main city to be off the main tourist train, ensuring you can enjoy a peaceful retreat.

You'll find it in the heart of a valley in the Chugach Mountains, surrounded by seven glaciers. So, it's no surprise that there are spectacular views from almost every angle!

Girdwood housed miners during 1890s. This was part of the famous gold rush era. But, it’s now a popular tourist spot for those looking to get away.

The community of Girdwood is small and tight-knit, but they all love the outdoors. Get them talking about their favorite pursuits, or ask for some tips, and you'll be firm friends in no time.

Fans of snow sports often come here for the Alyeska Resort – it's a great place to practice your tricks and there's almost always great snow.

What to do

During the winter, skiing and snowboarding are top of the bill.

But, in the summer they make way for hiking, fishing and rafting. If you're a fan of outdoor pursuits, this is the place for you!

In July, the Girdwood Forest Fair gets into full swing, bringing people in from all over the US. Time your trip to coincide with this and you'll be in for an exciting weekend.

Take a tour of the glaciers to learn about the land and marvel at their natural beauty.

If you fancy learning a little about Girdwood's history, take a gold panning tour, too.

Nearby is the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center – it's definitely worth a visit. Orphaned, injured and ill animals that can't survive in the wild come here to live and thrive.

From coyotes to eagles and grizzlies to wood bison, there's a huge range of animals here. It's a great day out for the kids, too!

Top Girdwood travel tips

Bring walking shoes with good grip, lots of layers and a sense of adventure – without these, you'll be lost in Girdwood.

Explore the area as much as you can. Go hiking and you'll discover the best elements of Girdwood.

It's best to drive here so you can appreciate the natural beauty of the area. Don't forget your snow tires, though!

Head to Girdwood for a snowy adventure, or a summer outdoor retreat. This small town has a lot to offer its visitors. You could be one of them if you book your Girdwood vacation rental on FlipKey today!