A former mining town, Girdwood has struck gold with nature tourism. Kayaks and boat charters depart from the waterfront. At the Alyeska Ski Resort, the hills are alive with the sound of winter sports. In Portage Valley, the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center tends to injured animals. Nearby, Portage Glacier—one of 60 glaciers within 50 miles of Anchorage—is one of Alaska’s most visited sites.