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Alaska by Day

4.8 stars(18 reviews)

One of the premier journeys on the Alaska Railroad, this 10-day adventure takes you from tidewater to Alaska’s “Golden Heart” in the Interior.

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2021 Tour code: WC-ABDR-21

About the tour

From Prince William Sound to Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park, this journey is filled with some of the best scenery Alaska has to offer. The journey begins in Anchorage, where the day is yours to conquer at will. Board the Coastal Classic in the morning for a breathtaking journey along Turnagain Arm to your next destination. In Seward, enjoy a look at Resurrection Bay and immerse yourself in some of the local culture. Return to Anchorage, and then the Denali Star awaits for the next leg of your tour.

Wildlife, mountain scenery and more greet upon arrival in Denali National Park. Take two full days to see all of the beauty the park has to offer, both on guided and independent expeditions. After, the journey through Alaska continues as you travel north to the Land of the Midnight Sun before returning to Anchorage where it all began. 10 days of touring, some of the most spectacular untouched nature North America has to offer and memories to last a lifetime; soak it all in on this daylight-only journey through Alaska.

Please be advised the 2021 itinerary has been modified due to availability issues in Alaska.


What’s included


Day 1 - Anchorage

Arrive in Anchorage, Alaska's largest city. Your day is at leisure; you may choose to book an excursion, visit museums or taste your way through the city's many restaurants and breweries. Overnight Anchorage.

Day 2 - Turnagain Arm / Resurrection Bay

Board the Coastal Classic Train for a breathtaking ride along Turnagain Arm and through scenic Grandview. Upon arrival in Seward, embark on a 3 ½-hour fully narrated Kenai Fjords wildlife cruise through the protected waters of Resurrection Bay in search of whales, sea otters, Dall's porpoises and other marine life. Sit back and enjoy the peaceful surroundings as your captain navigates the ship through the pristine waters to the best whale and wildlife viewing areas. Your captain and onboard naturalist crew ensure you stay informed and entertained. Overnight Seward.

Day 3 - Seward

Today, explore the charming port community of Seward, Alaska. Take in the fascinating history and breathtaking beauty as your guide shows you the sights of Seward, known as "the Gateway to Alaska" and "Mile 0" of the Iditarod Trail. Then, head out to Exit Glacier in the Kenai Fjords National Park. A short walk along the nature trail takes you to the face of the glacial ice. Watch for mountain goats, moose or bear on the mountainside. During the salmon runs, see salmon swimming upstream to spawn. A hearty lunch will be served at nearby Resurrection Roadhouse before you travel to the Seavey homestead and experience IdidaRide's Wilderness Dog Sled Ride and Tour. This afternoon, depart for Anchorage on the Coastal Classic Train. Overnight Anchorage.

  • Lunch
Day 4 - Prince William Sound

Depart for Whittier and Prince William Sound aboard the Glacier Discovery Train. The 26 Glacier Cruise travels over 140 miles into Prince William Sound. Watch for playful sea otters, harbour seals, kittiwakes, bears, whales or mountain goats. Get face to face with these towering masses of ice, so close you can "hear" the glaciers move and gaze at their brilliant blue hues. On the 26 Glacier Cruise, you'll see several types of glaciers, and calvings are normally seen on each cruise. Overnight Anchorage.

Day 5 - Denali National Park

Journey to Denali National Park. This evening, you have time to explore on your own and spend the night at leisure. Overnight Denali.

Please Note: Select departure days will offer the option to upgrade to rail service on the Denali Star.

Day 6 - Denali Sightseeing

Embark on a 13.5-hour, 92 mile* narrated bus tour into the heart of Denali National Park. Wildlife sightings are common, so keep your camera handy. Overnight in Denali.

*Off-season departures will have the day at leisure to explore Denali independently. Speak with your rail specialist for additional sightseeing options.

  • Lunch
Day 7 - Denali to Fairbanks

This morning you will depart Denali and travel north deeper into the heart of Alaska's interior to Fairbanks, known as the Golden Heart City. Overnight Fairbanks.

Please Note: Select departure days will offer the option to upgrade to rail service on the Denali Star.

Day 8 - Riverboat Discovery

Take a tour on the Riverboat Discovery, a historic sternwheeler, for a glimpse of life in Interior Alaska. See dog sledding, an Alaska Indian village and much more. Overnight Fairbanks.

Day 9 - Fairbanks to Anchorage

Depart this morning on the Denali Star bound for Anchorage. You have a full day onboard the train to relax and enjoy the beauty of the Alaskan Wilderness. Overnight Anchorage.

Day 10 - Anchorage

Your vacation concludes today when you check out of your hotel.

Additional information

Departure times

Departure times vary based on selected rail vacation. This information will be provided in your final documents. For more information please speak with your rail specialist.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


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Debbie Williams

5 stars

Submitted 4/Sep

Due to Covid restrictions we selected this trip to replace another that involved a cruise and we are so very glad we did. All of the excursions were just as described and we had a wonderful time. Even with mostly cloudy skies, Alaska is amazingly beautiful! All of our tour guides were friendly, knowledgeable and lots of fun. We did this trip with our best friends and we highly recommend it to anyone wanting to see Alaska.

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5 stars

Submitted 11 Nov 2019

We booked an Alaskan vacation through Vacations By Rail. Everything from customizing the itinerary, booking the vacation and the vacation itself went so smoothly. We were so impressed with the trains and their staff. Everyone was so friendly and knowledgeable. The trains were comfortable and the meals very good. It was absolutely amazing to be in the glass dome cars and watch the scenery and wildlife. Our vacation was so stress free as everything was so organized. We never had to worry about our luggage. It was always where it was supposed to be! We were spoiled and I want to book all future vacations through Vacations by Rail and travel by train!! We cannot say enough good things.

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Frances D, Lakeland, FL

4 stars

Submitted 10 May 2019

We felt everything was well organized and so pleased with the excursions we had. We were a group of six and everyone enjoyed every minute. Our trip was booked by Hilary and she was so friendly and helpful that we definitely would consider trips in the future.

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Linda K, Durango, CO

5 stars

Submitted 25 Dec 2018

The Alaska Railroad was excellent. On time, organized and great customer service. Clean facilities and well run.

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Judy M, Santa Fe, NM

4 stars

Submitted 20 Oct 2018

We had a wonderful, wonderful rail touring experience. No glitches in ten days, wonderful organization, outstanding itineraries, great service. An outstanding vacation!!

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5 stars

Submitted 20 Oct 2018

A true delight! Wonderful sights. Would love to do it again! Everything was done for you. With a little extra time to explore on your own.

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