The Best Way to See Alaska is on the Railroad

The Alaska Railroad presents its newest package tour to highlight the best of Alaska — on the rails and off.

The Alaska Railroad’s 10-day “Rails and Trails” package will take visitors to Anchorage, Seward, Girdwood and Talkeetna with backcountry adventures as its theme. The itinerary includes hiking, kayaking and rafting in addition to rail travel from point to point throughout the trip. The railroad handles all the logistics making the travel hassle free.

You’ll hike on a glacier with its surrounding arêtes, cirques and moraines, capturing the feeling of Alaska’s early explorers like John Muir.

For those seeking solitude, the package features adventure in Chugach State Park, the third largest state park in the United States.

Then there’s a stay at a backcountry lodge in Denali, complete with mountain biking, photography and gold panning in the shadow of “the Great One,” Mount McKinley.

From the quietude of the park, the railroad transports you to a roaring jetboat ride out of Talkeetna to navigate the muscular waters of Devil’s Canyon and the Susitna River. South of Anchorage, your conductor will drop you off at Spencer Glacier for a remote float trip down the Placer River, where you’ll meet the train again at the end of the float.

Experienced travelers rank the train ride to Seward as one of the top 10 runs in the world. Cruise through Kenai Fjords National Park and Resurrection Bay, complete with a visit to Fox Island, made famous by American painter Rockwell Kent in his memoir, “Wilderness: A Journey of Quiet Adventure in Alaska.”

The new 10-day offering is one of many adventure packages available through the Alaska Railroad. Travelers enjoy the comfort of modern rail cars featuring onboard dining and reserved seating with panoramic views from the Railroad’s signature glass-domed cars.

Travelers on any of the Alaska Railroad’s trains can upgrade their trip by choosing the Alaska Railroad’s GoldStar Service, where riders enjoy bi-level dome cars with reserved seating, dining service, a full-time bar attendant and a private outdoor viewing platform exclusive to GoldStar coaches.

To book this vacation package and others, contact an Alaska Railroad Vacation Specialist at 907-265-2494 or 800-544-0552. For more information on the Alaska Railroad and Alaska Railroad Vacation packages go to www.alaskarailroad.com.