One of the premier journeys on the Alaska Railroad, this 11-day adventure takes you from tidewater to Alaska’s “Golden Heart” in the Interior.
About the Tour
From 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 tour 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 our next destination. In Seward, we enjoy a look at Resurrection Bay and immerse ourselves in some of the local culture. We return to Anchorage briefly, and then the Denali Star awaits for the next leg of our tour.
Wildlife, mountain scenery and more greet us as we arrive 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 with stretches of travel by riverboat, train, and even plane before we return to Anchorage where it all began. Eleven 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 tour of Alaska.
- Rail travel aboard Alaska Railroad's scenic trains
- Hotel accommodations for 10 nights
- 3 meals
- Kenai Fjords National Park
- Glacier and wildlife cruise of Resurrection Bay and Prince William Sound
- Talkeetna Jetboat Safari
- Denali National Park Tundra WIlderness tour
- Fairbanks Riverboat Discovery tour
Day 1 - AnchorageArrive 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 BayBoard the Coastal Classic Train for a breathtaking ride along Turnagain Arm and through scenic Grandview. Upon arrival in Seward, embark on a cruise through the pristine waters of Resurrection Bay in search of glaciers, whales, sea lions and other marine life. The onboard Park Ranger ensures you'll stay informed and entertained. Overnight in Seward. (L)
Day 3 - SewardToday, 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. (L)
Day 4 - Talkeetna JetboatDepart for Talkeetna aboard the Denali Star Train. In Talkeetna, experience a thrilling 3.5-hour exciting trip aboard the “McKinley Queen” as it whisks you into the heart of the wilderness in comfort. The trip will take you on three rivers: the Talkeetna, Chulitna, and Susitna. You will travel through the Chulitna River Gorge and experience an Alaskan braided river, with a number of channels separated by small and often temporary islands. Overnight Talkeetna.
Optional Excursion: add on Denali Flightseeing
Day 5 - Denali National ParkJourney to Denali National Park aboard the Denali Star Train. This evening, you have the option to enjoy rip-roarin' entertainment at Cabin Nite Dinner Theater or spend your night at leisure. Overnight Denali.
Day 6 - DenaliSightseeingEmbark 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 include a shorter distance tour into the park. This option is also available for those looking for a half-day tour.
Day 7 - Denali National ParkThe morning is yours to explore Denali. Later, take the Denali Star Train to Fairbanks, known as the Golden Heart City. Overnight Fairbanks.
Day 8 - Riverboat DiscoveryTake 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 - FairbanksThis morning is at leisure to explore Fairbanks on your own. An afternoon flight returns you to Anchorage*. Overnight Anchorage.
Day 10 - Prince William SoundDepart 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. (L)
Day 11 - AnchorageYour vacation concludes today when you check out of your hotel.
Coastal Classic Train
The Coastal Classic Train is a local favorite that winds through the stretch of wilderness between Anchorage and Seward. A string of massive glaciers visible from the track enriches the journey. This train travels to the shores of Resurrection Bay for whale watching, sea kayaking, tidewater glacier viewing, fishing, and dog sled rides.
Glacier Discovery Train
The Glacier Discovery Train travels from Anchorage south along Turnagain Arm. Passengers can visit Whittier for glacier cruises or head to Spencer Lake for canoe tours, rafting, and hiking. As an option, guests can choose to continue into the alpine regions of the Chugach Mountains for scenic tours of Grandview, the tunnel section, and the historic loop district.
Denali Star Train
The Denali Star, the Alaska Railroad's flagship train, links Anchorage to Fairbanks with stops in Wasilla, Talkeetna and Denali Park. On this route, sparkling salmon streams and stands of birch and spruce come into view, while carpets of fireweed add dramatic purple to the landscape.