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Alaska – known for its abundance of wildlife and natural wonders – is the intrepid traveler’s perfect destination – offering a wide range of activities, sights, and cultural diversity. In a state with incredible tourism and hospitality offerings, Alyeska Resort stands alone as Alaska’s premier year-round destination and an ideal starting point for an Alaskan adventure.
The resort is centrally located just 40 miles from Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in the town of Girdwood. From Anchorage, the journey to Alyeska Resort follows the scenic Seward Highway into the heart of the Chugach Mountains. Surrounded on all sides by spectacular mountain and water views, the resort includes the 304- room Hotel Alyeska, variety of restaurants and shops, and expansive outdoor playground offering hiking, biking and skiing during the winter season.
Whether traveling to Alaska via cruise, tour group or independently, including Alyeska Resort as part of a comprehensive travel itinerary makes sense. Alyeska works closely with top Alaska tour operators and travel suppliers to develop compelling land-based packages available direct and through travel trade channels.
Gateway to Alaska’s National Parks
Alaska is fortunate to be the home to 15 national parks. Alyeska Resort is within close proximity of five national parks including Denali National Park and Preserve, home of 20,320 foot Mount McKinley, the highest peak in North America. Denali is well-known for its diversity of wildlife including 39 species of mammals, 167 species of birds, 10 species of fish, and one species of amphibian. Not to be outdone, more than 650 species of flowering plants as well as many species of mosses, lichens, fungi, algae, and others grace the slopes and valleys of Denali. The park entrance is 300 miles to the north of the resort. There are a variety of transportation options including the scenic journey aboard the Alaska Railroad (www.alaskarailroad.com).
Kenai Fjords National Park lies to the southeast of Anchorage on the Kenai Peninsula. The park entrance starts in the city of Seward, about a two hour drive (90 miles) from Alyeska Resort. Kenai Fjords National Park can be explored on foot and by boat. Exit Glacier is the most assessable feature of the park, an extension of the Harding Icefield, the largest icefield contained entirely within the United States.Visitors are encouraged to take a wildlife viewing cruise or scenic flight to fully experience the park. Ample hiking and kayaking opportunities are also available in the summer season.
Via scenic flights, travelers from Alyeska Resort can also explore three other national parks within a day’s visit including Wrangell-St. Elias, the largest national park in the United States; Katmai National Park, home of the largest population or protected brown bears; and Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, a unique area where mountains rise dramatically over turquoise lakes. The national park season in Alaska typically runs from late-May to mid-September. Each national park offers a unique wilderness experience featuring interpretative visitor information and guided outings to help acquaint you with the history, flora and fauna of the park. Visit www.nps.gov for more information.
Adventure Base Camp
Right from the resort, travelers can participate in a number of signature Alaskan adventures. There are half day and full day options to choose from designed for all ages and ability levels. The Alyeska Resort concierge team is your source for activity recommendations and booking. They work closely with tour outfitters and guides in the region to ensure that the resort is partnered with top quality suppliers.
Always a highlight for guests at the resort, flightseeing via helicopter is a popular activity among resort guests. The Alaska mountain ranges are known for their expansiveness and the only way to truly grasp the vast size of the mountains is by air. Local outfitter Alpine Air (www.alpineair.com) offers both scenic flights to Prince William Sound featuring views of glaciers, peaks and open water. A favorite with families, Alpine Air also offers a short flight up to a nearby glacier to a summer-time sled dog camp offering a chance to engage with the dogs and take dog sled-rides. Alaska Paragliding (www.alaskaparagliding.com) provides tandem paragliding trips right at the resort, another memorable to see the area by air.
The Ascending Path (www.theascendingpath.com) offers guided naturalist’s treks through the lush landscape of the Chugach National Forest, home of the northernmost temperate coastal rainforest. For the more adventurous, The Ascending Path also offers glacier treks providing guests a first-hand look at the effects of glaciology as well as a chance to learn to basics of glacier travel.
Alyeska Resort is also excited to be partnering with Girdwood-based tour operator, Alaska Wildland Adventures (www.alaskawildland.com). The company specializes in eco-friendly luxury tours as well as owns and operates three unique lodges on the Kenai Peninsula. Through Alyeska’s concierge desk, guests of the hotel can choose to add-on multiple nights in any of Alaska Wildland Adventures’ luxury lodges including Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge, the only resort lodging available within the boundaries of Kenai Fjords National Park.
In the winter, Alyeska Resort offers 1,500 skiable acres and North America’s longest continuous black diamond run on the North Face. The resort is known for abundant snowfall and steep lines. From The Hotel Alyeska, skiers have the convenience of slope side access and benefit of the hotel’s many amenities just a short ski away. Avid skiers and snowboarders can expand their horizons with a guided tour into the Alyeska backcountry offered by Chugach Powder Guides (www.chugachpowderguides.com). Guests can choose from day or week-long helicopter assisted skiing or snow cat skiing. Chugach Powder Guides specializes in small group ratios and expert knowledge of the local mountains.
Luxury Accommodations Surrounded by Nature
The Hotel Alyeska first opened its doors to guests in 1994. Today, the chateau-style hotel set in a lush valley surrounded by mountain peaks, hanging glaciers and ocean views is coming into its own. In 2007, The Hotel Alyeska underwent a comprehensive renovation resulting in a total investment upwards of $8M. The improvements included upgrades in all 304 guest rooms with plush new carpets, Serta Presidential Pillow Top Mattresses, executive chairs, MP3 clock radios, free high-speed internet access in all guest rooms, as well as wifi access all public areas. In the last year, renovation work in common areas, meeting spaces and select restaurants was also completed. Guests of The Hotel Alyeska experience luxurious accommodations with modern touches highlighting the area’s rich Native heritage.
Alyeska Resort is serviced by the modern and conveniently located Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC). Daily air service from major cities in Australia and New Zealand to Anchorage is available on the following carriers: Star Alliance (Continental Airlines, United Airline, US Airways); OneWorld (American Airlines, Qantas Airways); as well as Alaska Airlines and Delta Airlines/Northwest Airlines. There are many options for ground transportation from the airport to Alyeska Resort including limo service, shuttles and rental vehicles. The Alyeska Resort concierge desk is available daily to help guests with travel arrangements and activity planning.
Specials & Package
Alyeska Resort offers specials and packages designed for leisure travelers year-round. Popular Alyeska packages include:
Packages are based on double occupancy unless otherwise noted. Subject to availability, taxes and fees. For more information about Alyeska Resort, please visit www.AlyeskaResort.com.