Girdwood is a community with the Municipality of Anchorage located about 30 miles south of Anchorage, Alaska along the Seward Highway and is home to Alaska's largest ski area, the Alyeska Resort, which was home to the 2007 US Alpine Ski Championships.
The main access to Girdwood is along The Seward Highway, it is a very scenic drive but can be slow during peak summer travel times.
Girdwood does have a small landing strip/airport in town but it is primarily used as a base of operations for local heli-skiing guide companies and given the length of the runway it is suitable for only small prop planes; thus ruling out air travel as a method for getting to town. This means almost everyone who comes to Girdwood including Alaskan locals come in by car or shuttle. For those originating farther a field the closest major airport is the Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage. The airport is served by most major airlines and can be reached on non-spot flights from such major US cities as Denver, Seattle, and San Francisco. If not renting a car, prior to arrival one should arrange shuttle travel to Girdwood and have them meet you at the airport.
By bus Girdwood is 40 miles or 1 hours ride from Anchorage, it is serviced by the Seward bus line.