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North of Anchorage//Talkeetna (3 hrs), Denali (8 hrs), and Fairbanks (12 hrs) • Multiple companies
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 also spot wildlife along the way.
- Day Trip from Anchorage: Talkeetna Day Trip from Fairbanks: Denali
- Multi-Day Trip from Anchorage: Talkeetna, Denali National Park, and / or Fairbanks
- Multi-Day Trip from Fairbanks: Denali, Talkeetna, and / or Anchorage
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.
May 11 to September 20
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.
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.
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.
South of Anchorage//Girdwood (1.25 hrs), Seward (3.25 hrs) • Operated only by the Alaska Railroad
The Coastal Classic train runs between Anchorage and the town of Seward—a four-hour trip that’s the most beautiful along the entire Alaska Railroad. You’ll see 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, and more!
- Day Trip from Anchorage: Seward, Girdwood
- Multi-Day Trip from Anchorage: Overnight Seward, or add a stop in Girdwood
The train can be used as a mode of transportation, however it can also be a round-trip sightseeing excursion. This primary destination is the town of Whittier, a major cruise ship and afternoon day cruise hub.
- Day Trips from Anchorage: Whittier, Girdwood, Spencer Glacier, Grandview