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$30.37 Transfers & Ground Transport

Anchorage Airport (ANC) Private Departure Transfer

You will need to advise your pickup location, flight details and the time you wish to be picked up in order to complete your reservation. Your transfer purchase will be confirmed within 24 hours of booking, and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver (includes your provider's contact information) -- it's that easy!When your stay in Anchorage is over, you’ll be met at your hotel by a professional driver and driven in a comfortable private vehicle to the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC). Choose from either a sedan, for up to three passengers, a sports utility vehicle, for up to five passengers, or a stretch limousine, for up to eight passengers. This airport transportation service operates from Anchorage and Girdwood accommodations.Price is per person, based on three passengers per sedan, five per sports utility vehicle or eight per limousine.

$140 Outdoor Activities

Girdwood Canyoneering Adventure

Canyoneering and canyoning are often associated with technical descents — those that require abseils (rappels) and ropework, technical climbing or down-climbing.Crow Creek’s ‘dry’ canyon was carved by ice ages then filled with gold that beckoned Alaska’s hydro-miners. Explore the treasure left behind rappelling near thundering waterfalls while scrambling thru mossy canyons relatively dry in your long pants and boots with our technical gear and friendly guide.Amazing scenery and tranquility surround the world’s most northern temperate rainforest on your canyoneering adventure. Individual and group challenges highlight the intimate small group tours with private departures available. Cayoning upgrades include guaranteed gold panning at Crow Creek Gold Mine with a ribs and slaw BBQ creek side gold panning lunch option too.Adventures start at tour time with advance reservations in the Hotel Alyeska front lobby in Girdwood. Dress ready to scramble over rocks in long pants while getting familiar with local flora through trickling canyons. Sturdy shoes are a must plus camera cases or tight fitting backpacks to store layers or windbreaker. Canyoning gear includes universal and size appropriate harnesses, ropes, belay devices, gloves and helmets plus of course your friendly guide.Van transportation from Girdwood brings you to winding and dirt Crow Creek Road leading to the historic mining area of the Chugach National Forest. Look for black bears and moose foraging in the underbrush on the way to Crow Creek Gold Mine. The quaint and ‘patented’ Crow Creek Gold Mine is privately operated and still producing gold for over 100 years. Claim jumping takes on new meaning exploring Crow Creek federally protected ‘dry’ canyon mining claims listed in the National Historic Registry.Rappelling 50’ into the lush canyon starts the challenge of descending three mixed terrain and vertical wall pitches. Hiking forests littered with mining relics brings you to the ultimate canyon with unique sites, smells and sounds including Crow Creeks thundering waterfall in a Jurassic-like mist filled area.Ascending the ‘dry’ canyon, sculpted by years of tumbling glacial water requires a few crux moves in the one mile long natural obstacle course. Challenges require climbing rocky terrain, traversing mossy canyon caves, gripping ropes, scaling ladders and balancing around rocks and boulders in steep terrain. Chugach Mountain views in spruce and hemlock rainforests along the Iditarod National Historic Trail cap off your epic journey.

$59 Outdoor Activities

Turnagain Arm Tour "A Must See Destination"

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Alaska's Finest Tours & Cruises - Tours, Anchorage, AlaskaHIGHLIGHTS Beluga Point: Popular photo stop with panoramic views of Turnagain Arm. Many are lucky, having made their “offerings to the Sheep and Whale Gods” for possible opportunities to see Dall sheep and Beluga whales passing through. It’s luck of the draw, we’ll do our best to sync you up for a once in a lifetime rendezvous with these enchanted creatures of the land and sea.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.Turnagain Art Gallery: Owned and operated by a master log cabin home builder Greg and Wife Wendy a local jewelry artists. Their son Jordon Anderson is a professional and competitive wood carver. He is often seen on the grounds producing life size wood carvings of local animals. The gallery is chock full of stunning sculptures, unique jewelry, deeply moving paintings and photographic prints.Potter Marsh: With its nearly panoramic view of Turnagain arm, Potter Marsh, peppered by spruce, cottonwoods 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.

$329 Day Trips & Excursions

Alaska Crafted Tour and Railroad Adventure

Join your knowledgeable ‘Hoperator' for a fun filled round-trip tour from Anchorage as you taste your way through the Alaska craft beverage industry. Your day begins as you board the Alaska Railroad bound for beautiful Girdwood, Alaska. Take in the mountain vistas, scenic coastline, and grandeur that is ALASKA on the 1 hour ride to our first stop, Alyeska Resort. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like bear, moose, eagles, Dall sheep, and Beluga whales. Included in the tour is one-way rail travel to Girdwood, a tram ride and lunch atop Mt. Alyeska, and private tours and tastings at Girdwood Brewing Co.,  Anchorage Distillery, and Double Shovel Cider Co.  Let us show you a one-of-a-kind off the beaten path tour experience!We will board the Alyeska Aerial Tram for a birds-eye view of the Girdwood Valley and surrounding Chugach Mountains before topping out at our lunch perch atop Mt. Alyeska. From 2,300ft. above the valley floor we will enjoy lunch at the Bore Tide Bar and Deli while soaking in the breath-taking panoramic views.Once fueled up on our lunches, we will make our way to Girdwood Brewing Company. Founded in 2017, we will cozy up in this beautiful brewery while we taste the hand crafted beers and receive a behind the scenes tour the brewery.Continuing the adventure back to Anchorage, we will parallel the Turnagain Arm on the most scenic 40 mile drive in Alaska. We will visit the largest distillery in Alaska. Utilizing Alaska grown barley and wheat, fresh Alaskan berries, and pristine glacier water, Anchorage Distillery is crafting some of the state’s smoothest gins, vodkas, and whiskeys. We will sample these spirits straight or in a handmade craft cocktail and go behind the scenes to take a closer look at the production process.Rounding out our Alaska Crafted Tour will find us at one of the most popular tasting rooms in the state, Double Shovel Cider Company. Named for a caribou antler formation prized by hunters, Double Shovel opened in 2016 as the first microcidery in Alaska. Sourcing as many local Alaskan apples as possible and utilizing a proprietary juice blend from the Pacific Northwest, see and sample these gluten free cider blends at the source.Your Alaska Crafted tour will finish with a airport or hotel drop-off within the Anchorage bowl.From the Alaska shoreline to the the big city, you will experience the Alaska craft beverage scene in style on this off-the-beaten path tour. With a maximum group size of 14, this small group tour ensures a personalized experience full of stories and surprises you’ll be sure to recount to your friends back home.

$200 Classes & Workshops

Cruise Ship Transfer - Wilderness, Wildlife, Glaciers & Free Photo Lesson Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Seward Highway, AlaskaVoted Most Scenic Highway in AmericaDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Beluga Point, Anchorage, AlaskaMajestic Views while seasonal whale watching site.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Chugach State Park, Girdwood, Anchorage, AlaskaStop at Scenic Bird Point State Park.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Chugach National Forest, AlaskaAwe inspiring views and abundance of wildlife, glaciers and free photo lessons.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Girdwood, Anchorage, AlaskaExperience Alaska's Wildlife in a reserve-type setting. Bears. Moose, Eagles, Bison, Reindeer & Wolfs are just a few to see and photograph. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Portage Glacier, Girdwood, Anchorage, AlaskaGrand like a sapphires, see Glacier Valley's many ice behemoths. Gaze, view or photograph as many as 14 Glaciers. Duration: 40 minutesStop At: Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, Whittier, AlaskaExplore the longest dual vehicle-railroad tunnel in North America. Opens up into Whittier, Alaska, home of the Princess Cruise Ships ported for cruise ship passenger boarding.Duration: 20 minutes

$145 Outdoor Activities

SUNSET Wilderness, Wildlife, Glacier & Nature - Free Photo Lessons - May - Sept

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productAlong Scenic Turnagain Arm, popular for whale watching and sunset viewsDuration: 15 minutesLocation: Beluga Point, Anchorage, AlaskaState of Alaska Park home to mountain goats, dall sheep and wonderful meadows..Duration: 30 minutesLocation: Chugach State Park, Girdwood, Anchorage, AlaskaGlacier Valley where up to 18 hanging glacier call home. See the Ring of Glaciers has the surround and form a lake of pure glacier water.Duration: 1 hourLocation: Portage Glacier, Girdwood, Anchorage, Alaska