While I was planning my list of things to do during my trip to Anchorage, the Alyeska Tram popped up on my radar and I had to experience this attraction during my visit. Since I was traveling with my cousin, I ran the idea past her and she was all in. Plus, it was on the way to Seward and we were planning to drive right past there anyway. Our schedule was tight, but I’m so glad we were able to fit this stop in.
The Alyeska Resort is about 40 miles south of Anchorage and the drive takes you past some of the most beautiful scenery you’ll ever lay eyes on. Since it was the end of July, the snow was long gone and they were doing a bunch of construction on the road way up to the resort. Parking was a little tricky, but we found the ticket window for the tram and we were off! Adult tickets were $29pp and operation hours ran from 9am -9pm daily.
I was surprised to see a number of hikers headed up and back down the mountain that day. For a second, I felt like I needed to get off my rear end and walk up that mountain too. That second soon passed and I came back to my senses while I hopped on the tram.
Mt. Alyeska is a pretty steep mountain and the tram was slow enough to allow time for us to enjoy the views of Turnagin Arm and the surrounding Chugach Mountains.
I experienced a little bit of height fright, but it didn’t get in the way of getting a few good Iphone pics. Soooo, I forgot to bring my digital camera on this trip. 🙁 Yes, that was not smart at all. I know!
Once you reach the top of Mt. Ayeska, you’ll find restrooms, dining options and plenty of time to roam around. Some visitor’s ventured to the peak, but I wasn’t one of them.
If you’re planning a trip to Anchorage, this is a good place to visit. Although I didn’t visit during ski season, I hear the snow is magnificent and the night skiing is exceptional. It’s worth taking the short drive or a trip on the Alaska railroad to visit Alyeska Resort.