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This package is ideal for visitors who wish to travel independently, but would prefer not to drive. Denali & Talkeetna by Rail allows easy transport between Anchorage, Denali, and Talkeetna as well as ample time to see the highlights in each destination.
Depending on arrival time, take the afternoon to view local sights & attractions and explore downtown Anchorage. Overnight at an Anchorage hotel.
Head to the Anchorage Alaska Railroad Depot for your 8:15 am departure. 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 Mt. McKinley. You may spot wildlife along the way, such as bear, moose, eagles, and caribou. You will arrive in Denali at 3:45, where the hotel shuttle will be waiting for you at the station. Once you have checked into your hotel, spend the rest of the evening at your leisure. Perhaps go to a dinner theatre, talk a short walk, or sign up for an evening raft trip.
Wake up bright and early for the Morning Tundra Wilderness Tour. This bus tour travels 53 miles down the Denali Park Road to the Toklat rest area, and returns. The total duration is 6-8 hours and your morning departure can be anywhere from 5:00 to 9:00 am. Traveling down the Park Road is one of the best ways to see wildlife in Denali, so be on the lookout for Moose, bears, caribou, dall sheep, and more. On clear days, views of Mt. McKinley are breathtaking. When the bus is at a stop, the driver will take video footage of the animals along the road and project them onto a large video screen at the front for all to see. Even better, when the tour is done you can purchase a copy of the footage from your tour! The rest of the day is yours to explore on your own. You can choose from optional activities such as a guided hike, ATV tours, and more. Overnight at your Denali Hotel.
Say goodbye to Denali National Park and head to the Denali Alaska Railroad Depot for your 12:30 pm departure. Enjoy the scenic vistas and perhaps have lunch on board the train. You will arrive in Talkeetna at 4:40 pm, where a shuttle will transfer you to the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge.
Spend the day in Talkeetna. Optional activities include taking a Mt. McKinley flightseeing tour, rafting or taking a jetboat down the Susitna River, or signing up for a guided hike. Between activities, give yourself time to explore the quaint downtown Talkeetna area. The train departs Talkeetna at 4:55 pm arriving in Anchorage at 8:00pm. Overnight at your Anchorage hotel.
Check out of your Anchorage Hotel. Depart Anchorage, or continue your Alaskan vacation.
*Note: Prices subject to change without notice. Call us (1-888-ALASKA-8) to confirm current rates.