See Alaska the Authentic (Rail) Way


You can take a train to and from most American states in the lower 48, but most of these trips just don’t provide the same experience as Alaskan Railroad. Tickets can be booked for traveling between one station and another, but with these trains… it’s all about journey.

Go Where You Want to Go

It’s easy to explore Alaska by train. Alaskan Railroad features stops and stations throughout the state. And, they have featured destinations that make vacation planning easy.

Anchorage is home to this railways operator, and they have their main station there, but you’ll find regular service to see the wildlife in Denali National Park, ski in the resorts of Girdwood, or watch whales in Seward. Other featured destinations include:

  • Fairbanks
  • Hurricane Flagstop Area
  • Portage
  • Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop
  • Talkeetna
  • Whittier

Do What You Want to Do

And there’s plenty more to do than just get off the train. Alaskan Railroad offers special journeys linked to events themselves. These special trains depart throughout the year with Easter Trains, Holiday Trains, and Halloween Trains. Of course, you may also enjoy the Great Alaskan Beer Train or the Hoodoo Choo Choo.

As you can imagine, these event trains are popular with groups and fill up quickly. If it’s something you would like to experience, make sure to book early to reserve your seats.

Planning Your Train Travels

Booking a ticket on an Alaskan Railroad train is much like buying an airline ticket. You’ll find similar stipulations regarding baggage and transference of tickets. You’ll also want to arrive at the station with time to spare – and there are items you are forbidden to take on board.

And, of course, you’ll find there are different classes of service on most lines – and the GoldStar Service definitely lives up to its name. Whatever class you choose and wherever you go, it’s definitely the way to experience Alaska and a vacation you won’t soon forget. 

Image:Av Ron Reiring - Whittier, AK, CC BY 2.0

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