Wild animals and wilderness views. Cushy seats, tasty food, hot drinks - even cocktails. You can enjoy Alaska adventure as well as comfort as a passenger aboard the Alaska Railroad. Whether you are looking for a scenic day trip, transportation to Denali National Park, or a multi-day excursion that includes either moderate or adventurous outdoor activities, you will find plenty of tour choices. Transportation and tours can be booked through the Alaska Railroad itself as well as through such partner companies as Gray Line of Alaska and the Princess Lodges
Where You Can Go
You will have the choice of venturing either north or south from Anchorage. The Alaska Railroad's northern route leads to Denali National Park and Preserve and Fairbanks. Northbound passengers will enjoy views of sweeping wilderness plains, sheer granite cliffs, and snow-capped mountain peaks. Along the way, your train will pass over the 295-foot Hurricane Gulch. The breathtaking views of Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America, are truly the highlight of the trip. Along the way, you will delight in the opportunity to see a variety of Alaskan wildlife. The critters you might get a peak at include moose, bears, caribou, wolves, Dall sheep, beavers and waterfowl.
Heading south out of Anchorage, Alaska Railroad passengers can choose to travel to the port cities of Whittier or Seward. Along the route to Whittier, you will travel through two mountain tunnels before skirting the scenic shores of Prince William Sound. The path to Seward passes through dazzling mountain scenery before arriving at Resurrection Bay and the Gulf of Alaska.
Types of Trips Available
Traveling on the Alaska Railroad is a convenient and comfortable way to take in many of Alaska's famous sites. One-day package trips include train travel in combination with scenic cruises, helicopter tours, and dogsled rides. Multi-day excursions range from 5 to 12 days and may include such tours and activities as dinner theater, a glacier cruise, wildlife viewing, or white water rafting. Add-ons like as helicopter hiking, fly-in fishing, or a salmon back are offered for additional fees.
Upgrade to GoldStar Service
The Alaska Railroad's GoldStar Service cars are an extremely popular choice for many reasons. The double-decker railcars offer domed windows in the upper levels, along with luxurious seating with nice legroom. The panoramic views through these huge windows are truly incredible. Complimentary beverage service is included, with cocktails available for purchase. You can make reservations to enjoy a fine meal in the lower level dining room.
The Advantages of Traveling Aboard the Alaska Railroad
The Alaska Railroad is not a fast mode of travel. This is a good thing. You don't speed through the landscape as if you were on a freeway; rather, you proceed at a slower pace that allows you to take in and savor the amazing views. You can even take some decent photos.
Here are a few more reasons that traveling the Alaska Railroad is a great way to experience Alaska:
- you can check your luggage
- no matter the Alaska weather, you'll be warm and dry
- food and beverages are available
- the staff is friendly and helpful
- some cars are accessible
- special events trains offered throughout the year
Find Out More
Alaska Railroad depots are located in Seward, Whittier, Girdwood, Anchorage, Wasilla, Talkeetna, Denali and Fairbanks.
Call Toll-Free 1-800-544-0552