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“Beautiful trip from Anchorage to Seward” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Alaska Railroad - Day Trips

Alaska Railroad - Day Trips
411 W. First Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501
907-265-2494
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Ranked #6 of 73 Activities in Anchorage
Type: Scenic Railroads, Sightseeing Tours
Activities: Group tours/train, Viewing wildlife
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Owner description: The Alaska Railroad is Alaska's premier regularly scheduled public transportation service, traversing 500 miles of the most scenic stretches in Alaska. The ARR services the port communities of Seward and Whittier as well as the northern communities of Talkeetna, Denali National Park and Fairbanks. We run daily in the summer and weekends in the winter. The Alaska Railroad offers fabulous, comprehensive train vacations and day tours through every season. The ARR is considered a "must-do" while in Alaska. Come see why our authentic Alaskan Hospitality and incredible scenery shown through large picture windows draws thousands of passengers yearly! Our friendly, Alaska-based reservation agents are here to answer your questions and assist you in creating the best Alaska rail experience.
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Wasilla, Alaska
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“Beautiful trip from Anchorage to Seward”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

My wife and I took the Alaska Railroad from Anchorage to Seward for the day, leaving early in the morning and getting back around 10 pm. Even though it was cloudy for most of the trip, the scenery in the Kenai Peninsula is unbelievably unspoiled and majestic. Glaciers, flora, fauna, rivers, tunnels, bridges--it's all there. The ride is about 3.5 hours or so one way, but it's the only mode of transportation through part of the Peninsula, as the road to Seward takes a different route.

The train itself was average compared to other trains I've ridden. We didn't upgrade to the double decker, but ours had large windows that permitted plenty of photo ops. A great day trip overall.

Visited August 2012
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Tumon, Mariana Islands
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“great transportation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

I took this 12 hour train ride from Anchorage to Fairbanks. It only runs north on Saturday and south on Sunday. So, I rode the train north and then did a tour in Fairbanks and took a flight back to Anchorage on Monday.
The train was comfortable and the windows were clean to do some sightseeing and picture taking. You could also go between cars and open the window to take more clear pictures.
I ate dinner in the dining car. I sat down and a server takes your order. In about 15-20 minutes they bring your food to you. It wasn't spectacular, but it was good.

Visited February 2013
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Rome, Italy
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“First time on board an American train!! Prima volta a bordo di un treno americano”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

First time on board an American train!!! We started in Anchorage on board the “Glacier Discovery” to Whittier where we got our Princess Cruise to go along the Inside Passage to Vancouver. It’s about 1 hour and half for 40 miles up the shore of Turnagain Arm, unfortunately we didn’t see belugas or other fauna passing by the Chugach National Forest , mountains and Glacier. We passed through an alternating one-way tunnel – first vehicles in one direction, then the train, then vehicles in the other direction—unique access from the land to Whittier! Beautiful experience but expensive ($74 per person) like most things in Alaska!!

Visited August 2012
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Tupelo, Mississippi
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“Take the winter train at least once in your life”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

The winter train only runs from Anchorage to Fairbanks on Saturday in the winter. The majority of our stay was in Fairbanks, but we flew to Anchorage so we could take the winter train north.

Riding the train for hours and hundreds of miles through the best of the Alaskan scenery cannot be beaten. This is as close to nature as one can get without hiking. It was like living in a Christmas Card scene. Breathtaking, impressive, expansive - there are not enough adjectives to describe the scenery on the train.

Be prepared as it is a 12 hour trip (420 some miles) and the last 2 into Fairbanks (in the dark) are tiresome, but the previous 10 are worth it. If you have the chance, make sure the winter train is on your itenirary.

Visited February 2013
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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“Aurora Train Anchorage to Fairbanks”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

This train trip has views to die for, to be fair it was February and the weather was fine all the way (except last couple of hours was in darkness).
The mountainous terrain leaves other famous train trips far in its wake, and we spotted some wildlife such as moose and cariboo on the way to add to the fun.
As always the trip was made better by the passengers on board ranging from old timer locals to fellow tourists from the States and abroad, it is a shame that the conductor was so serious about his job and seemed to like telling people off at any oportunity. As one of the locals said "does he not realise this is a tourist attaction" Still I only got told off once, for trying to hop of the train at a scheduled stop to get a photo of the train itself, bering in mind the train starts out and finishes in darkness, so the only photo op is on the journey itself and you are not allowed off the train. Train did not even stop at Denali National Park.
But the trip was well worth the scheduling of my vacation to meet the one day a week it runs in a specific direction, and the food was good as well.
And they give out free posters on board but only if you ask.

Visited February 2013
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