My father and I boarded the Alaska Railroad in Anchorage, donning our GoldStar cabin pins , to begin our journey in the interior of Alaska. The GoldStar cabin, the premier cabin of the Alaska Railroad, offers exceptional views and service. With all meals and several drinks included in each leg of the journey, GoldStar also includes the upper-level viewing platform and enclosed glass dome ceilings on the cars, giving passengers an elevated vantage point. Train travel allows you to experience Alaska in a different way: you see the landscape drift by more slowly, as you breathe in the crisp mountain air and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife sightings, instead of having to worry about driving and navigation. Mealtimes also offer panoramic views, with each table in the dining car having its own table-to-ceiling picture window, so you don't miss a thing while you dine on local offerings, like reindeer sausage for breakfast and wild caught salmon for lunch. There is something about riding the Alaska Railroad that takes you back to another era in Alaska, when this frontier was even more wild than it is today.