Seward was originally founded in 1903 as the southern terminus for the Alaska Railroad, a distinction it still holds today. The picturesque harbor with its colorful wood-frame houses and background of soaring cliffs looks out on Resurrection Bay, so named by a band of Russians explorers who found this calm spot along the storm-tossed Gulf of Alaska on Easter Sunday. From downtown Anchorage you can view two active volcanoes, the highest point on the continent of North America (Mount McKinley), and six major mountain ranges.
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Alyeska Resort sits in the heart of Girdwood, a glacier carved valley. To the west and north, the mountains of the Chugach State Park provide a stunning backdrop over Alyeska. At 495,000 acres, it is the third largest state park in the US.
In 1954, 11 Girdwood residents passed the hat and raised enough money to purchase what became the land base for a major ski area. Through initiative and perseverance, they developed a ski area that was small in assets but big in promise. They found a French Baron who shared their dream. Francois de Gunzburg installed a Poma chairlift, built ski trails and a day lodge and ordered Chair 1, a 5,700-foot double chairlift that rose 2,000 vertical feet.
Today, Alyeska Resort is an established ski destination known for its steep terrain and deep snowpack. With expansive mountain and ocean inlet views at your fingertips, Alyeska boasts an average 650” of annual snowfall at the summit.
The valley floor offers trail systems for Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, and dog-sledding. For avid skiers and riders, Chugach Powder Guides operates both heli-skiing and cat-skiing operations from the resort.
The summer season brings about a multitude of recreational adventures including hiking and biking right from the hotel and throughout Girdwood Valley. Taking a scenic aerial Tram ride is a favorite among visitors of all ages and abilities. Visitors can also take a guided glacier hike. Plus, flightseeing adventures, glacier dog-sledding, and guided ice climbing are all nearby.
CAPTAIN COOK HOTELCODE: ANCH12
Located in downtown Anchorage, Alaska, each of the Hotel Captain Cook’s 547 luxury rooms and suites offer a stunning view, whether it’s of the neighboring Cook Inlet or the Chugach Mountains. Captain Cook is Alaska's member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts.
CAPTAIN COOK HOTEL
939 W. 5TH AVENUE
ANCHORAGE AK 99501
PH# 907 276 6000
FREE 1-NIGHT PRE-CRUISE SEWARD HOTEL PACKAGECODE: SWDFLH
ANCHORAGE HILTONCODE: ANCH10
In the heart of downtown Anchorage, Alaska, the Hilton Anchorage hotel is known for its convenience and comfort. The hotel is only a few blocks from the Alaska Museum of History and Art, 5th Avenue Mall and a host of restaurants. Hooper Bay Cafe is an open air full service lobby restaurant featuring a buffet station, two private dining areas and a Starbucks Coffee Kiosk. Hilton Hotel fitness amenities include a complimentary health club, indoor heated swimming pool and spa.
500 WEST THIRD AVENUE
ANCHORAGE, AK. 99501
PH# 907 272 7411
SHERATON ANCHORAGECODE: ANCH11
With the unveiling of a $20 million renovation in 2008, the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa now boasts the finest lodging in Anchorage. Located within walking distance to the city’s attractions, businesses, restaurants, and shopping, this prominent landmark is an ideal base for exploring the city.
Make the most of your downtime in the 24 hour fitness facility. Treat yourself to a massage or facial in the full service ICE Spa, or bring a group together for dinner at one of the restaurants. Enjoy casual dining elegance in the newly opened Jade, or sip a cocktail in the Ptarmigan Lounge - which also offers a sumptuous sushi menu from Tuesday through Saturday.
401 EAST 6TH AVENUE
ANCHORAGE, AK 99501
PH# 907 276 8700
ANCHORAGE MARRIOTT DOWNTOWNCODE: ANCH13
The Anchorage Marriott Downtown is the only full service, Anchorage luxury hotel. The hotel's guest rooms feature oversized picture windows that frame striking views of downtown Anchorage, Chugach Mountain Range & Cook Inlet. Premier among hotels in Anchorage, Alaska, the Marriott is located in the heart of the city, within walking distance to businesses, shopping, dining, Anchorage Convention District, Performing Arts Center, Anchorage Museum & more. Unwind at the fitness center, indoor pool & or whirlpool, enjoy savory fare in the Cafe Promenade, or retreat to your spacious, luxuriously appointed guest room. All guest rooms are equipped with individual climate control, Bath & Body Works products, wired & wireless Internet, and coffee & tea service; plus, all rooms are 100% smoke free. You will find a refreshing blend of sophistication, comfort and genuine hospitality from a staff dedicated to providing the utmost level of service.