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Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Girdwood.

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How Far From Girdwood to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Girdwood to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Girdwood to:

  • Juneau [Map], which is the State Capital of Alaska, lies 544 miles [875.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). If you could drive a straight line from Girdwood to Juneau, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 31 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 22 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 3,336 miles [5,368.8 km] to the East (E). Driving would take 7 days, a buggy would take 131 days and walking would take 190 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,021 miles [9,689.9 km] and it lies to the North (N).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 6,718 miles [10,811.6 km] and it lies to the North (N).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,251 miles [8,450.7 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<6>

Communities Also Named Girdwood ...

While the name Girdwood is unique within Alaska, we know of one more community in Canada.


Communities Located Beyond Alaska

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Distance: About 2,588 miles [4,165 km] to the East

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that starts in Girdwood. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Girdwood) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Girdwood. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Girdwood

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Girdwood. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 60.9538, Longitude: -149.1610     [Map].

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<2>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.

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<3>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Girdwood to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Jerusalem is 3.741 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 8.431 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 346.003 degrees.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Girdwood.



 
 
 

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