Welcome to Fairbanks! It’s been called America’s “Most Air-Minded City,” and is a nexus of the world as flown from the far north. Travelers pass through here for many reasons, along with fuel, supplies, and dry goods that must be taken to small communities throughout Alaska.
The Denali Star takes you north from Anchorage to places like Talkeetna, Denali National Park, and Fairbanks. This train travels through the forested areas north of Anchorage into the boreal forest, and eventually into the tundra regions further north. On a clear day the train will slow down to allow you to see beautiful vistas of Denali. You may spot wildlife along the way, such as bear, moose, eagles, and caribou.
In Summer (May - September), The Denali Star Train services Anchorage, Wasilla, Talkeetna, Denali and Fairbanks. In Winter (October - April) the Aurora Winter Train operates as a flag top train between Anchorage and Fairbanks. It stops here heading North on Saturday, and South on Sunday.
Contact information and train schedules for The Alaska Railroad. Depot locations include Seward, Girdwood, Whittier, Anchorage, Wasilla, Talkeetna, Denali, and Fairbanks.
Riding the train in Alaska is a relaxing and fun way to take in amazing sights around every bend, and many travelers choose a dome car for the best viewing experience. When you’re headed north of Anchorage, hop on a Wilderness Express private dome car for deluxe viewing at great value.
Visit an Alaskan village above the Arctic Circle. Take off from Fairbanks and experience a scenic flight across the stark landscape. After 90 minutes, you’ll set down in Anaktuvik Pass, a small village of just 300 people in the shadow of the Brooks Range. You’ll spend five hours on the ground, meeting the last of the inland Inupiat Eskimo people and touring their village. Take an ATV ride out on the tundra and stop in at a museum to learn the history and traditions of the people here, then hop on your flight back to Fairbanks.
Fly from Fairbanks and travel 80 miles above the across the Arctic Circle on a scenic and historic adventure. Departing in the evening, you’ll pass over the stark terrain of northern Alaska and land at the Athabascan village of Fort Yukon. Then, with your guide, you’ll spend an hour learning all about this fascinating area—the history, how people take care of themselves in a punishing environment, and some of the characters who have called this area home. Then, as the midnight sun sets, you’ll board your plane and fly back to Fairbanks.
Getting to and from Alaska’s remote Arctic region is a practiced art for the folks at Wright Air Service, who offer charter flights to the Brooks Range, national parks, and custom destinations, as well as scheduled service to 17 small communities.
Get a taste of how Alaska operates when you board a real Alaskan mail plane for a delivery from Fairbanks out to a remote village. These planes fly to a dozen villages, most along the Yukon River and its tributaries, and you can tag along. You may be delivering medicine or a sled dog—it’s perfect for those who like spontaneous adventures. You’ll land just long enough to stretch your legs, meet the villagers who come to greet the plane, watch as the cargo is unloaded, then hop back in and take off back to Fairbanks.
Year-round in Fairbanks. Advance appointment in Denali, Anchorage and elsewhere.
Fairbanks-based Alaska Auto Rental – with pick-up options in Denali and Anchorage too – offers rental cars for the most unique itinerary: over gravel highways, through winter weather, on one-way legs, or starting out from unusual locations. It’s locally-owned, with employees who know Alaska’s roads and their challenges. You’ll get helpful travel advice, a can-do attitude, and reliable wheels.