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Girdwood/Portage/Whittier activities (information)

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Girdwood/Portage/Whittier activities (information)

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I love the Girdwood/Portage/Whittier area.

Just an hour (or so) drive from Anchorage; it's all Alaska, yet without the city (& I love the city of Anchorage). The drive south (along Turnagain Arm) is one of the most scenic drives in North America. I've listed a bunch of things to do below (with links). I find Byron Glacier & the hand tram at Winner Creek especially good "value" for effort.

Summary:

Google map link:

http://tinyurl.com/alow9vc

Turnagain Arm drive:

- scenery, hiking, Dall sheep, mountain goats, tidal bore, beluga whales, salmon fishing

Girdwood:

- hiking, mining, dining, accommodations, glacier dog sledding

Portage:

- hiking, glaciers, camping, salmon viewing

Whittier:

- hiking, day cruising, glaciers, kayaking

Details:

- AK Wildlife Conservation Center (wildlife)

www.alaskawildlife.org

- Crow Creek Mine (historic and pan for gold)

www.crowcreekmine.com

- Crow Pass (adventurous hike with great mountain scenery, glaciers, and wildlife)

www.alaskahikesearch.com/Hikes/CrowPass.htm

- Winner Creek Trail (awesome hand tram & gorge)

www.alaskahikesearch.com/Hikes/Winner.htm (start from the "mine" end)

- Byron Glacier hike/walk (play on the toe of a glacier - keep a plastic shopping bag available for a sled)

…usda.gov/recarea/…

- Portage Glacier cruise/boat ride

www.portageglaciercruises.com/

- Begich Boggs Visitor Center

www.fs.usda.gov/detail/chugach/home/…

- Trail of Blue Ice (Williwaw/Portage)

www.fs.usda.gov/detail/chugach/learning/… and www.fs.usda.gov/detail/chugach/learning/…

- Williwaw Salmon viewing (in season)

www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r10/specialplaces/…

- Whittier Tunnel

dot.alaska.gov/creg/whittiertunnel/

- Portage Pass hike (Whittier side of the tunnel)

www.fs.usda.gov/detail/chugach/learning/… and www.alaskahikesearch.com/Hikes/portage-pass/

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1. Re: Girdwood/Portage/Whittier activities (information)

Is there a bus from Anchorage to Whittier?

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2. Re: Girdwood/Portage/Whittier activities (information)

Thank you. This is an awesome post!

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3. Re: Girdwood/Portage/Whittier activities (information)

I personally don't know of any; but if you google/search: bus anchorage to whittier, several search results that may be worth investigating come up.

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4. Re: Girdwood/Portage/Whittier activities (information)

Girdwood Restaurants...

If I'm driving by Girdwood, I always like to stop in and get something to eat. I don't think any of its restaurants are bad. I prefer some over others, but for the most part one sees really good reviews for all of them.

These are the Girdwood restaurants I've eaten at:

Bakeshop (http://www.thebakeshop.com/)

Chair 5 (http://www.chairfive.com/)

Double Musky (http://www.doublemuskyinn.com/)

Jack Sprat (http://www.jacksprat.net/)

Seven Glaciers (alyeskaresort.com/dining/seven-glaciers-rest…)

Silvertip Grill (http://www.silvertipgrill.com/)

Jack Sprat & Silvertip are my 2 favorite.

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