Our first trip to Anchorage was our first time going anywhere besides Fairbanks! For those of you who don't know, Anchorage is about 6 1/2 hours away from Eielson and there is only one road with very few stops in between. It was a beautiful drive in February with all of the mountains still being snow covered and we were so glad we picked this time to head down and explore.
After getting there and having a good nights rest, we headed to Girdwood. The Seward Highway which runs along the Turnagain Arm, has a ton of pull outs to take photos and take in the gorgeous mountains (This area is also where we saw a few beluga whales in the summer of 2015 which you can find here).
Near Girdwood, we stopped at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and saw bears, wolves, moose, caribou and bison. Our next stop was the Portage Glacier. Because we went in February, the water was frozen and we were able to walk all the way to the glacier which was a little over 1 mile. There were people snowshoeing, skiing, walking and even biking out to see the glacier.