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Alaska Railroad

1201 E Whitney Rd, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA
| +1 907-265-2300
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The Best Way to See Alaska Anchorage Alaska United States
Denali from the Dining Car Anchorage Alaska United States
The Best Way to See Alaska Anchorage Alaska United States
Denali from the Dining Car Anchorage Alaska United States

The Best Way to See Alaska

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.

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Denali from the Dining Car

There are not very many roads through the interior of Alaska, and even fewer rail lines. The main Alaska Railroad line runs from Seward, through Anchorage, to Fairbanks, through pristine Alaskan wilderness. Breathtaking views of Denali (Mount McKinley), native villages and diverse Alaskan wildlife float by your window on the twelve hour trip. For the heartier souls looking to embark on a Denali trek, the train stops in Talkeetna, the gateway to Denali National Park (and the inspiration for the fictional town of Cicely on TV's "Northern Exposure"). But if you aren't a hard core outdoorsman, this train will still get you pretty close to these wild wonders, and it will do it in warmth and comfort. The friendly conductors even slow the train and announce the best spots to photograph Denali, and shout out when wildlife make an appearance alongside the tracks. This train is also the last railroad in the U.S. that does "flag stops" to pick up locals who live out in the icy interior who "flag" down the train along its route. The train runs once a week in each direction in the winter months, and daily in the summer.