Will be in Cooper Landing late August. Driving rental car. Kids want to 'take a train' and 'see a glacier'. We want to take an afternoon cruise on Marine Marine out of Whittier. Alaska Railroad has a day tour package for train from Girdwood to Whittier, including Major Marine glacier cruise from Whittier.
My question: Is driving to Girdwood, parking car, taking train to Whittier workable? I've seen something about hopping on board at Portage, but can't tell if it's just a wide spot in the road or if there's parking area or ???
Also, is extra expense for the more expensive train fare worth it? I don't mind spending the money if it's a big difference in the train ride, but I don't want to waste money either. Thanks for any advice.