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Alaska

Great Rail Adventures

With the Alaska Railroad from Anchorage to Seward

1] Climb aboard the Alaska Railroad in Anchorage and take a scenic four-hour ride to the beautiful seaside town of Seward on the Kenai Peninsula. Once there, spend an afternoon exploring the local sites, including Exit Glacier and the Alaska SeaLife Center. Or take a daycruise out to Kenai Fjords National Park, where you’ll see wildlife and scenery galore. An evening train departs from Seward for the return trip to Anchorage.

Fairbanks - Talkeetna - Denali Nationalpark

2] After a good night’s rest in Anchorage, all aboard for Fairbanks, with stops in Talkeetna and Denali National Park. Again, the scenery is awesome and wildlife is plentiful. Travelers may overnight in the park, home of North America’s highest peak, Denali (former Mount McKinley), or may ride on to the gold rush town of Fairbanks.

A day trip on an authentic sternwheeler

3] While in Fairbanks, take the time to enjoy some of the area’s unique attractions. Among the opportunities in Fairbanks is a day trip on an authentic sternwheeler down the Chena River, gold panning in the mining district of Fox, viewing the Trans-Alaska Pipeline on the Steese Highway or enjoying the University of Alaska Museum on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus.

Along the scenic Alaska Highway

4] From Fairbanks, there are plenty of ways to get to historic Skagway in Southeast Alaska, but none by train. Take a relaxing drive along the scenic Alaska Highway aboard one of the comfortable and regularly scheduled motorcoach tours. For those who like to travel at their own pace, cars and motorhomes can be rented in Fairbanks. Flying to Skagway is always an option as well.

Summit of White Pass

5] Once in Skagway, write the final chapter in this train adventure by riding the White Pass & Yukon Route’s narrow gauge train to the summit of White Pass. This exciting three-hour train ride takes visitors back in time as they view the Deadhorse Trail, which once challenged the gold rush stampeders of 1898. Spend an extra day in Skagway to enjoy the variety of other activities it has to offer. From Skagway, take the Alaska Marine Highway to its southern terminus in Bellingham, Washington, or fly home via Juneau or Anchorage.

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Fishing at sunset in Talkeetna
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Alaska Railroad along Seward Highway
Alaska Railroad along Seward Highway

   
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