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Riding the Alaskan rails is an experience that’s impossible to duplicate. Glaciers, mountains, and wildlife fill the ever-changing panorama of your window, making for an easy and luxurious way to drink in the scenery. Chug along as you experience the 360-degree view from a dome car: you may pass by distant hanging glaciers, towering Mt. McKinley, or a Beluga whale swimming in the Inlet. 470 miles of track run from Seward on the Kenai Peninsula north to Anchorage, Talkeetna, Denali National Park and on into Fairbanks.
The Alaska Railroad operates daily departures mid-May to mid-September. An Alaska Railroad engine pulls every train on the same schedule. North of Anchorage (Talkeetna, Denali, and Fairbanks), you can book directly with the Alaska Railroad or with cruise lines that operate adjoining dome cars (you don't need to be a cruise passenger). See Alaska Railroad Reservations. Only the Alaska Railroad Corporation operates South of Anchorage, and they offer two different routes. Most of these stretches of track are very scenic.
The train takes longer and costs more than driving if there are more than two in your party. But you can relax in spacious, comfortable seats and enjoy an ever-changing panorama of glaciers, mountains, and occasional wildlife through giant picture windows and dome cars. The train also travels for several hours through several stunning valleys not accessible by road. Another reason to consider the train is you don’t really need a car in Denali National Park, the most popular train destination from Anchorage.
The Denali Star takes you north from Anchorage to places like Talkeetna, Denali, 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 Mt. McKinley. You may spot wildlife along the way, such as bear, moose, eagles, and caribou.
The Denali Star takes you north from Anchorage to places like Talkeetna, Denali, and…
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Enjoy scenic views from the domed windows in the private Gray Line of Alaska rail cars. Enjoy excellent service from your car manager, who will point out sights and scenery along the way. Dine in the restaurant located just beneath you, and don’t miss a thing as you continue to gaze out of large picture windows. Many people here will be on a cruise package, but independent travelers can book a seat as well.
Enjoy scenic views from the domed windows in the private Gray Line of Alaska rail cars.…
Mid-May to Mid-September
The Hurricane Turn Train operates on Thursday through Sunday between Talkeetna and Hurricane Gulch from mid May to mid September. You can either take a scenic journey round trip, or you can ask to be let off at whichever mile marker you choose. This train is how many people who live in the backcountry gain access to their homes or cabins. It is also popular for fishermen who gain access to some great fishing spots by train. Get back on the train with the wave of a flag.
The Hurricane Turn Train operates on Thursday through Sunday between Talkeetna and Hurricane…
Step aboard Princess Rail, whose cars have two levels with 360-degree dome views, a dining area, and large open-air platforms at the rear. You may choose to ride as an independent traveler, or with a larger package that will include lodging at the Princess properties along the way.
Step aboard Princess Rail, whose cars have two levels with 360-degree dome views, a dining…
The Coastal Classic train services 114 miles of track between Anchorage and the town of Seward, on the Kenai Peninsula—a four-hour trip that’s the most beautiful along the entire Alaska Railroad. You’ll see the beautiful Turnagain Arm as the train departs Anchorage, then a panorama of mountains, glaciers, lakes, and streams. You may even see wildlife like Dall sheep, Beluga whales, moose, bear, eagles, marmots, and more!
The Coastal Classic train services 114 miles of track between Anchorage and the town of…
This train’s primary destination is the town of Whittier, a major cruise ship and afternoon day cruise hub that’s not always easy to reach. After Whittier, the train begins its whistle-stop service; passengers can get on and off at the Spencer Whistle Stop that has been created with the U.S. Forest Service. Passengers who disembark here can take an afternoon hike, stay and camp overnight, or take a rafting trip down the Placer River. After this stop, the train will continue into the Kenai Mountains for a slow scenic ride before returning back the way it came. The train can be used as a mode of transportation, however it can also be a round-trip sightseeing excursion.
This train’s primary destination is the town of Whittier, a major cruise ship and…