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Completed in 1923, the iconic Alaska Railroad connects many of Alaska's most popular destinations: Anchorage, Talkeetna, Denali National Park, Fairbanks, Girdwood, Seward, Whittier and the Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop. Daily summer departures and...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
411 W 1st Ave, Alaska Railroad Train Depot, Anchorage, AK 99501-1635
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We discovered that the Alaskan railroad was the best way to get around and do the wonderful scenery in the interior of Alaska We started out and Anchorage stopped in Talkeetna and ended up in Denali is our turnaround point breathtaking scenery.
Jan 12, 2019 Anchorage to Fairbanks. An awesome trip! 12 hours and even though 4 hours in darkness it was one of the best experiences ever! The food and drinks were good. The staff working the train were great! Amazing scenery, saw some moose along...More
We have taken this trip several times and it is always a great experience. Considering spending the extra price of Gold Star and sit in the better observation area of the train. Great service and the crew really tries hard to make the experience wonderful.
Although it was nearly the shortest day of the year with limited light, and it was snowing quite regularly, this is a wonderful trip. Absolutely beautiful. Saw dozens of moose. The folks with the Alaska Railroad are fabulous. Top notch!! They provide terrific announcements with...More
The Alaska Railroad is an awesome ride for everyone! From young to old, everyone can enjoy the scenery, wildlife and the thrill of riding the train.
The glass dome cars are awesome! Get drinks and snacks onboard.
We had recently been on the Indian Pacific in Australia and by comparison The Alaska Railroad would not rank for food, service or customer satisfaction. Being run by ex-students fresh out of school. they read from a script rather than have any knowledge gained from...More
Seeking itinerary suggestions for Anchorage and/or Fairbanks (8 Replies)
Planning a southbound cruise from Seward to Vancouver in July or August 2018. Want to arrive 4 or 5 days early for outdoors activities before embarking on the ship. Definitely want to avoid super touristy areas. Would love to see Denali, but from what I've read the park itself sounds a lot like Yosemite or Yellowstone, in which case we could skip it. Too many people. Would be interested in off the beaten path adventures. Desired activities are wildlife viewing, light hiking, and a day of...More
December 02, 2017|
"Would be interested in off the beaten path adventures." I never know what people mean when they say that. Be more specific. Wildlife viewing: Denali is your best bet for a variety of animals. A Kenai Fjords day cruise out of Seward for a variety of marine wildlife. All-day wildlife/glacier cruise out of Whittier with Lazy Otter Charters. Bear-viewing tour out of Anchorage, Soldotna or Homer ($600 and up), great experience for most folks. Wildlife Conservation Center 1 hr. south of...More
Alaska Railroad (1 Replies)
I haven't been on the ARR in many years and am considering taking it with my family from Anchorage to Fairbanks when we visit this summer. It used to be one fare, flat rate and we could wander to the observation car, dining car, etc. From their web site, it looks like different fare rates now, extra for the vistadome. Anyone know the score? is it like it was or has it changed, like so much else?
January 02, 2006|
My husband & I took the scenic train ride when we visited in 2005. I am not sure if that is considered the Alaska Railraod, but I think it is. We paid one rate and were able to move about the train with no problem. It was a great trip! One of the best places for pictures is out on the platforms (the smoking section). I was able to get some awesome pictures there! Alaska is so amazing, so glad we were able to venture there for 2 weeks. A trip of a lifetime, definately one of our best!!!
Combining Whittier and Seward (3 Replies)
My companion and I will be visiting Alaska in July and staying a few days in Anchorage. We plan to take the train to Seward and take a Kenai Fjords day cruise and stay 1-2 nights in Seward. We are also interested in a day tour of Prince William Sound, but we don't really want to do a RT to Whittier from Anchorage and then do a RT from Anchorage to Seward. But it doesn't look feasible to stop at Whittier/Girdwood on the way to Seward by train. We would consider renting a car for a day but...More
May 13, 2018|
I would take the train to Seward roundtrip and return to anchorage. Then rent a car and drive to whittier. That would also allow you to visit girdwood, portage glacier, Alaska wildlife conservation center as well as go through one of the most unique tunnels in the world.