The “city” of Girdwood is awesome. This place has trails that can take 30 minutes to complete up to 2 days (Crow’s Pass) with a views that can’t be seen anywhere else. There’s Alaska pretty and then there’s this place.
For the winter, I would still recommend coming out here if for nothing more than snowboarding on Aleyeska.
Tons of festivals year round so plan accordingly, my favorite was Octoberfest.