Alaska Explore, Trips May 07, 2018
by Carey Seward These 5 Train Trips Are The Perfect Way To Explore Alaska
The Alaska Railroad has over 482 miles of track. That covers Seward to Fairbanks, the distance from Boston to Washington D.C. There is no better way to travel in Alaska than by rail. You can kick back and enjoy the untouched wilderness from the comfort of a seat on the Alaska Railroad and watch the miles of mountains and rivers roll by. The rails run from the coastal wetlands of the Kenai Peninsula all the way into the interior of Alaska. Check out all the options for train adventures and travel the state by rail for a wonderful way to see the Alaskan wilderness.
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1. Coastal Classic
This route runs from Anchorage to Seward daily with a stop in Girdwood. The trip takes you along Turnagain Arm and through the backcountry wilderness of the Kenai Peninsula where massive glaciers and towering waterfalls are visible from the train. The train stops at the entrance to Kenai Fjords National Park and takes a seven-hour layover before returning to Anchorage. Enjoy this lovely day trip to Seward or stay a while and explore the Resurrection Bay.
2. Denali Star
Running from Anchorage up to the interior town of Fairbanks, this is the longest route Alaska Railroad offers. The train stops in Wasilla, Talkeetna, and Denali National Park along the way. This twelve-hour trip is run daily by sister trains leaving Fairbanks to Anchorage and another Anchorage to Fairbanks every morning at 8:15 a.m.
3. Glacier Discovery
This is a perfect route for daytrips from Anchorage. Head south from Anchorage to Girdwood, Whittier, Portage, the Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop and Grandview. Stop at any of the fascinating spots and spend the day for a great Alaskan vacation. This route offers "Adventure Class" only.
4. Hurricane Turn
This train winds into the wilds of Alaska and transports both visitors and locals to the mountains and valleys of the interior. Offered as a life-line to those living off the grid north of Talkeetna, this route operates year-round, once a week in the winter and Monday-Thursday in the summer. This is a fun train as people flag the train down from their homesteads to travel to Anchorage or Talkeetna for supplies.
5. Aurora Winter Train
Operating September through May, this route takes passengers from Anchorage to Fairbanks through the Hurricane Train section. Slower and more leisurely than the summer schedule, Alaskan winters can, and do, cause delays. But if you are up for winter cruising, try it out sometime when you aren't in a rush.
The summer season runs from May 12 – September 16, 2018. Take the train on one of your Alaskan journeys this summer for a fun and carefree way to travel.
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