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Hotel Alyeska, tucked into a scenic valley surrounded by mountains, hanging glaciers and the ocean in the backdrop, is located in the small former mining town of Girdwood, Alaska, a 30-minute drive from Anchorage. Heading toward Girdwood on Turnagain Arm, pack a picnic and make stops along the scenic route to watch for Beluga whales, eagles and Dall sheep. Depending on the time of year, you’ll also spot locals fishing, parasailing or windsurfing.
Whether you visit in winter or summer, there’s plenty to do in the surrounding area. The Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel is a good home base for exploring nearby Prince William Sound, fishing on the Kenai Peninsula or deep-sea fishing in Seward.