Alaska Rails and Trails - 10 Day Tour
Travel to Anchorage, Seward, Girdwood and Talkeetna with a focus on backcountry adventure. Forget the logistical hassles of planning a trip this great yourself. We've put together a fabulous itinerary that combines hiking, kayaking and rafting in addition to rail travel from point to point throughout the trip.
Scenic highlights of your trip include:
- Hotel accommodations for 9 nights
- Rail transportation from Anchorage to Seward, Seward to Girdwood, Girdwood- Spencer-Portage-Anchorage, Anchorage to Denali, Denali to Talkeetna, Talkeetna to Anchorage
- Sightseeing and scenic excursions per itinerary
- Fox Island
- Kenai Fjords National Park
- Spencer Glacier
- Denali National Park
- Denali State Park
- National Wild River Park of Devil’s Gorge
Day 1 - Anchorage
Arrive in Anchorage and stay the night. Hike on your own. The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail near downtown Anchorage runs along Cook Inlet with mountain views and the occasional moose sighting. Overnight Anchorage.
Day 2 - Train to Seward
Board the Coastal Classic train to Seward, one of the world’s most scenic train rides, traveling along Turnagain Arm and through Chugach State Park. In Seward, cruise to Fox Island. Check out the guided kayaking tours. Overnight Seward.
Day 3 - Kenai Fjords National Park
Cruise Kenai Fjords National Park and its glacier-carved coastline, where puffins, sea lions, porpoise, sea otters, and whales are common sights. In the evening, board the Coastal Classic train for Girdwood. Overnight Girdwood.
Day 4 - Hiking in Girdwood
Go on a guided hike on a glacier or upgrade your tour option to fly by helicopter to a glacier and go dog mushing, or do both! Overnight Girdwood.
Day 5 - Spencer Glacier
Board the Glacier Discovery train to Spencer Glacier, and raft among icebergs and down the Placer River to meet the train for a short trip to Portage and then back to overnight in Anchorage. Guided and unguided hikes are another option at Spencer Glacier. Overnight Anchorage.
Day 6 - Denali National Parkg
Travel by train to Denali National Park. The scenic full-day trip from Anchorage offers views of Mount McKinley, along with wildlife and backcountry beauty. The late afternoon arrival at the Park leaves time for exploration. Overnight Denali National Park.
Day 7 - Denali National Park
Rise early to take advantage of the best wildlife viewing as you travel 92 miles into the farthest reaches of the park. The road is restricted to tightly regulated tour schedules and mind-blowing wildlife sightings are common, including grizzly bears, moose, wolves, foxes, caribou, eagles and much more. Overnight Denali National Park.
Day 8 - Denali National Park
This day is completely dedicated to enjoying the Denali backcountry with options to hike, pan for gold, fish for grayling, mountain bike or just relax. Overnight Denali National Park.
Day 9 - Train to Talkeetna
After a hearty breakfast, guests return to the Denali Train depot for the short train trip to Talkeetna. This funky little village is known for its spectacular views of Mt. McKinley. Arriving late in the afternoon, travelers can stretch their legs with a short, guided hike, spot wildlife, and learn about old-growth forest. Overnight Talkeetna.
Day 10 - Jet boat ride and train to Anchorage
The next morning, experience the thrill of a 130-mile roundtrip ride by jetboat through Denali State Park and into the National Wild River Park of Devil’s Gorge. At day’s end, board the Denali Star train for the final leg from Talkeetna back to Anchorage. Overnight in Anchorage.
Hotels include the Comfort Inn, Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge, Alyeks Resort, Denali Cabins, Denali Backcountry Lodge, and Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge.
Prices are land-only, per person. Prices are correct at the time this web page is published; however, are subject to change.
Call 877-929-7245 today to book your Alaska Rails and Trails vacation.