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Travel through Alaska's rail corridor, visiting some of the state's most renowned destinations including Anchorage, Denali National Park, and Fairbanks.

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7 days From $1,992 per person
Travel on your own following a well-planned itinerary
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2023 Tour code: WC-AWTN-23

About the tour

Venture from the beautiful south-central coast deep into the forested mountains of the interior on this relaxing 7-day vacation along Alaska's rail corridor. This independent journey is a showcase in the contrasts in Alaska's offerings, from its lively cities to its deep heritage and immense backcountry. Begin in Anchorage, where you board one of the Alaska Railroad's most beloved trains, the Denali Star. The wild scenery of the Last Frontier unfolds mile after mile as the train proceeds inland toward Talkeetna. On arrival, a jetboat tour offers another perspective on the idyllic landscape as you coast down the Talkeetna and Susitna Rivers. From Talkeetna, the experience continues back aboard the Denali Star, pressing forth toward Denali National Park. Your time here is enhanced by a wilderness tour that explores some of the area's most scenic points and wildlife viewing hotspots, as well as ample time to get acquainted with Denali on your terms. With even more adventure to come, board the Alaska Railroad once again for the trip to Fairbanks. Your time here makes it easy to see why this city is noted as the Golden Heart of Alaska. Explore its offerings with a sternwheeler riverboat cruise along the Chena and Tanana Rivers. In addition to presenting the region's beauty, this excursion also introduces visitors to the deep culture and long-held traditions of Alaska with a visit to an indigenous village and a dogsledding facility. Find yourself inspired and delighted at each turn of this exploration of the state's most renowned destinations, which stands alone as a fantastic vacation or is perfect as a pre- or post-trip extension to an Alaskan cruise.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Anchorage

Arrive in Anchorage on your own. The remainder of day is free to explore Alaska's largest city.

Day 2 - Anchorage / Talkeetna

Alaska Railroad's Denali Star railcar takes you along the Knik Arm and through the Mat-Su Valley to Talkeetna. This afternoon enjoy a thrilling jetboat excursion on the Talkeetna and Susitna Rivers. Overnight Talkeetna.

Day 3 - Talkeetna / Denali National Park

The morning is free to enjoy this wilderness town. Depart via Alaska Railroad's Denali Star to Denali National Park at noon and arrive the in Park late afternoon.

Day 4 - Denali National Park Experience

Set out into the wilderness of Denali, traveling over 65 miles of the rugged Denali Highway on a narrated bus tour. Stop at scenic overlooks and to spot some of the animals that call this vast area home. Overnight Denali.

*Due to a landslide and partial road closure in Denali National Park, this tour now explores the Denali Highway instead of traveling into the national park.

Includes
  • Lunch
Day 5 - Denali National Park / Fairbanks

Take the morning to explore more of the Park on your own. Depart late this afternoon via-Alaska Railroad's Denali Star for the short journey over the tundra of central Alaska to Fairbanks. Overnight Fairbanks.

Day 6 - Fairbanks

Board the sternwheeler riverboat Discovery this morning for a cruise on the Chena and Tanana Rivers. Included is a stop at an Indian village and a dog sled demonstration. Overnight Fairbanks.

Day 7 - Depart Fairbanks

Depart for home today.

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Pricing Plans

Moderate
Hotels include SpringHill Suites By Marriott Anchorage Midtown, Anchorage; Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, Talkeetna; Denali Bluffs Hotel, Denali National Park; and SpringHill Suites, Fairbanks.
Service onboard Alaska Railroad's Denali Star is in Adventure Class.

Superior
Hotels include Hilton Anchorage, Anchorage; Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, Talkeetna; Grande Denali Lodge, Denali National Park; and Pikes Waterfront Lodge, Fairbanks.
Service onboard Alaska Railroad's Denali Star is in GoldStar Service.

Please note

Prices are land-only, per person based on double occupancy. Prices are correct at the time of this web page going live; however are subject to confirmation at time of booking. Hotels & Accommodations are subject to change based on availability.

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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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4.8 stars4.8 / 5 · 45 reviews

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JAMES REEDY

5 stars

Submitted 26/Sep

We had a wonderful time on our Alaskan Wilderness tour. We can't wait to do our next trip! Everything was awesome!!

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BARBARA JEAN CROSS

5 stars

Submitted 17/Sep

What a fabulous way to travel. I will definitely look for other tours with these folks.

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DEANNA THOMPSON

5 stars

Submitted 17/Sep

Awesome Trip!

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MARK KING

3 stars

Submitted 6/Sep

Very relaxing trip but we were told we’d have breakfast and lunch on one day’s train ride. We didn’t get anything to eat until 3:00 pm that afternoon. Wish we’d been told the true plan so we could be prepared to bring our own breakfast

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MARGARET HOGAN

5 stars

Submitted 28/Jul

Train ride was great and having free time was nice.

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JOYCE FELTNER

3 stars

Submitted 23/Jul

Disappointed in train ride. Only thing uou saw from train was trees. Train was very slow.

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