Girdwood is located about 40 miles (65 km) south of Anchorage. Car rentals are available at the Anchorage International Airport and are strongly recommended if you wish to travel around Alaska before or after the meeting. It will be virtually impossible to sightsee beyond the hotel without a car. Taxi and shuttle service to Girdwood is available for those who do not wish to rent a car. Checker Cab and Alaskan Splendor offer rides from the airport in Anchorage to the Alyeska Resort. Both cost $90. You will need to make a reservation for the latter. For information on travel and sightseeing within Alaska, go here.
The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (FAA code "ANC") is served by several national and international airlines. Alaska is the 49th state of the United States and therefore has the same travel restrictions as the rest of the U.S. If you are coming from outside the U.S. check to see what travel requirements you will need to enter the U.S. Because of its far northern latitude, Anchorage is accessible with nonstop service from the mainland United States, Hawai'i, Europe and Asia:
Alaska Airlines is (predictably) the largest carrier to Anchorage, with frequent nonstops daily from Seattle and Portland (3 hours). Daily nonstops are also offered from Denver, Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas (6 hours), with connecting flights to most of the mainland U.S. (either on Alaska or codeshare flights). United Airlines offers nonstop service from Denver, San Francisco and Chicago (4 to 6 hours). Delta Airlines offers nonstop service from Salt Lake City (5 hours). Northwest Airlines offers nonstop service from Minneapolis (6 hours). American Airlines offers summertime (including May) flights from Chicago and Dallas (6 hours). Air Canada offers nonstop flights from Vancouver, BC (3 hours). US Airways offers nonstop flights from Phoenix (6 hours). Frontier Airlines offers nonstop flights from Denver (6 hours). Continental Airlines offers nonstop service from Seattle (3 hours) and Houston (6 hours).
Thinking about attending the AAS summer meeting as well? Hawai'ian Vacations offers non-stop service to Honolulu (6 hours) twice a week (leaving on Wednesdays and Saturdays).
Condor Airlines offers nonstop service from Frankfurt (8 hours) during the summer months (including May) two times a week (Tuesday and Saturday). There are very few seats left on the Saturday, May 19th flight, so book as soon as possible if you wish to travel this way. It is by far the easiest way to get from continental Europe to Anchorage. British Airways offers daily nonstop service from London Heathrow to Seattle (9-10 hours). You can then take a code-share flight on Alaska Airlines to Anchorage.
Nonstop travel from Asia is available on several carriers, including China Airlines, Japan Airlines, Korean Air and Asiana Airlines. Some of these airlines offer only seasonal service. Schedules vary.
Visitors from Australia and New Zealand will probably want to travel to San Francisco, Los Angeles or Honolulu first, then on to Alaska. Travelers from Central and South America will probably find the best connections through Dallas, Los Angeles or Houston. From Africa, travelers will probably want to travel via Frankfurt or the mainland U.S.