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Locals and visitors come to Hotel Alyeska in Girdwood, Alaska year-round for a variety of concerts and festivals, including the Fur Rondy, a 10-day fest dating back to 1935 that kicks off the Iditarod Great Sled Race every winter.
However, summer in Alaska is splendid and well-earned after the hard winter months; July and August are often touted as the highlights of the season at the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel with numerous hiking trails right at their peak. About 30 minutes outside of Anchorage, Girdwood is home to the northernmost rainforest. In season, you’ll want to take a few days to hike in and around the area and enjoy the abundant wildflowers and wildlife. You’ll see plenty of fireweed growing wild; keep an eye out for it in local delicacies such as fireweed honey, jelly and ice cream.
For ski lovers, Alyeska is a world-class resort. You might find yourself on the slopes with Olympic and World Cup winners, as the area has been a training ground for top-tier athletes. February and March offer the most consistent perfect powdery snow with night skiing a must for enthusiasts.