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The Alaska Railroad

The Alaska Railroad has been instrumental in the survival of rural Alaskans and America's Last Frontier for nearly 100 years. Spanning from the port town of Seward on the Gulf of Alaska to Fairbanks in the heart of the state, this rail line successfully transports more than 5 million tons of freight and 400,000 passengers annually. Travelers can choose between five routes in Alaska:

  • Coastal Classic - Travels between Anchorage, Girdwood, and Seward
  • Glacier Discovery - Connects Anchorage and Grandview with stops in Girdwood, Whittier, Portage, and Spencer
  • Denali Star - A route between Anchorage and Fairbanks, stopping in Denali, Talkeetna, and Wasilla
  • Hurricane Turn - Follows a summer route between Hurricane and Talkeetna and a winter route that includes Hurricane, Talkeetna, Wasilla, and Anchorage
  • Aurora Winter - Travels in the winter season only and connects Anchorage and Fairbanks by way of Wasilla, Talkeetna, and Healy

The Alaska Railroad has accumulated numerous awards throughout the years. In 2010, National Geographic Traveler noted this railway as one of the Top 10 North American Train Trips. USA Today Travel offered a similar designation in 2015, calling the line one of the 10 Best Train Trips in the U.S. Trip Advisor awarded the railway a Certificate of Excellence in 2015, and the National Tour Association presented the Alaska Railroad with Gold Medal designation in 2016. Additionally, the line has also earned Green Star Award Certification, thanks to its green efforts: reducing water and energy consumption and making efforts to curb emissions and provide outstanding air quality.

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Aerial Shot Of Three Majestic Glaciers Alaska
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4.6 stars(132 reviews)
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Moose Has Right of way Denali National Park
4.6 stars(62 reviews)
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Alaska Railroad Traveling Through Mountains
4.2 stars(8 reviews)
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Chena Hot Springs Northern Lights
4.8 stars(20 reviews)
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Kenai Fjords National Park
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Alaska Wildlife
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Dining Hut under the Stars
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Alaska by Day
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Northern Lights
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Aurora Borealis Display at Chena Hot Springs Resort
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Glaciers and Fjords in Alaska
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Kashwitna Lake Talkeetna, Alaska
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Alaska Wilderness Tour
27 May 2024
CHRISTINE BUSWELL
5 stars
“The train ride provided great opportunities to see landscape and wildlife that would have been missed traveling by car. The service, meals and accommodation at the various stops were top notch.
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Alaska Northern Lights & Aurora Train
15 Apr 2024
TERESA ALLUMS
5 stars
“Aurora lights another amazing beauty of the Lord. The Yurt experience was great.
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Anchorage & Talkeetna Northern Lights Getaway
05 Apr 2024
JAMES ANTHONY HORN
5 stars
“The staff was very professional and knowledgeable about the northern lights. We gathered a lot of information from them. Great staff.
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Aurora Viewing at Bettles Lodge
03 Apr 2024
Chit Aquino
5 stars
“Bettles Lodge had a homey, family ambiance. Staff were very friendly and entertained us with their personal stories. I was so happy that the Aurora Borealis did not disappoint me. I will definitely recommend this adventure at Bettles Lodge.
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Northern Lights at Borealis Basecamp
03 Apr 2024
Carol
5 stars
“The Borealis Basecamp location is unique. Two nights were just right for us. The igloos were cozy. May be nice to have some different games available. The staff was excellent. All well coordinated. Received information in time and the instructions on the vouchers helped. Liked our stay at Springhill in Fairbanks. Did you know that the bus system in Fairbanks is free if you are over 60? The Aurora train was comfortable and enjoyed mixing with others in the dining car. We booked a separate city tour package in Anchorage. No free breakfast at the hotel. Some amenities were not free. We found a great breakfast at Snow City Cafe. Will definitely explore Vacations by Rail again. Customer Service was spot on!
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Aurora Viewing at Chena Hot Springs
24 Mar 2024
HEATHER
5 stars
“Chena was cool, but very crowded. Especially with only one restaurant.
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Ultimate Winter Wonderland: Iditarod & Northern Lights
12 Mar 2024
Christine Alderson
5 stars
“Great way to see the beautiful state of Alaska in the winter. Bus & rail transportations were wonderful.
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Alaska the Greatland
12 Sep 2023
Gail
5 stars
“Enjoyed a wonderful tour of Alaska.
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Tour Alaska by Rail
10 Sep 2023
MARGARET MAGEE JOFFRION
5 stars
“Amazing scenery. Friendly and hardworking staff.Clean and comfortable cars. The trip of a lifetime. So grateful to all who made it possible.
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